Largest IBM® Power Cloud partner expands Actifio-powered service offerings; cites stability, ease, and application recovery speed in doubling technology investment
14 January, London – Today Blue Chip, an award winning provider of both cloud & on -premise infrastructure solutions and services, announced that strong customer demand for its next-generation business resiliency, business agility, and cloud mobility services has triggered a significant increase in their investments in Actifio’s copy data virtualization platform. Blue Chip today uses Actifio’s copy data virtualization platform to power multiple cloud service offerings, including:
- Application Recovery Assurance – Business continuity in the cloud with testing automation
- Innovative Application Vaulting – Bandwidth & storage efficient cloud data protection
- Cloud On-Ramp Services – SLA-based data migration with zero production impact
- Application Development In Cloud – Up-to-date virtual copies available in the cloud for accelerated dev/test
Blue Chip has grown organically over its nearly 30-year history to become the largest independent provider of IBM Support services. The company’s Tier 3 and Tier 4 Design Data Centres in Freehold boast a Power Usage Efficiency of just 1.1, enabling Blue Chip to deliver stable contracts insulated from rising power costs, what the company calls “Stability Through Green IT.” Blue Chip has nearly 900 global clients and turnover of £36 million last year, with its managed service business growing at 40% annually. The company is dramatically increasing its customer base in back-up and ‘data management as a service’ and is migrating all of its current datacentre customers onto Actifio.
“The cost of our incumbent’s back-up bill was growing all the time, and you couldn’t see an end to that growth” said Brian Meredith, Managing Director of Blue Chip. “With Actifio, all that changed. We could scale infinitely and only pay once, without any hidden surprises. This free-hold ownership has meant we have been able to upsell more and pass savings onto our customers – which is why we’ve chosen to nearly double our Actifio investment.”
Actifio virtualises data as other technologies have virtualised compute and networking, decoupling the management of increasingly strategic enterprise data from enterprise infrastructure. The company’s Virtual Data Pipeline™ (VDP) technology decouples data from infrastructure, enabling dramatic improvements in business resiliency, agility, and access to the cloud. Actifio replaces siloed data management applications with a radically simple, application-centric, SLA-driven approach that lets customers capture data from production applications, manage it more economically, and use it when and where they need to.
Blue Chip has used Actifio’s VDP technology to vastly improve the ease, speed, and operational complexity of its data recovery services, creating the dual leverage of rising customer revenue and declining capital intensity. “Actifio provides a stable framework for all our back up and restoration requirements,” said Mr. Meredith. “We’re working towards a tapeless datacentre in the next 18 months and Actifio is playing a central role in this move alongside virtual tape libraries. We’re constantly upselling and obtaining new customers and Actifio allows us to be at the cutting edge as we rollout new agile business services.”
About Blue Chip
Founded in 1987, Blue Chip quickly established itself as a specialist in providing the highest quality of service and support of IBM® mid range systems. Now with multiple locations in the UK, Europe and with a software development division based in Sri Lanka, Blue Chip is the largest maintainer of IBM® mid range systems outside of IBM® itself.
Actifio delivers copy data virtualization to hundreds of global enterprise customers and service provider partners in more than 30 countries around the world. Our Virtual Data Pipeline™ technology decouples data from infrastructure, enabling dramatic improvements in business resiliency, agility, and access to the cloud. Actifio replaces siloed data management applications with a radically simple, application-centric, SLA-driven approach that lets customers capture data from production applications, manage it more economically, and use it when and where they need to. Actifio is headquartered just outside Boston, Massachusetts, and can be reached via the web (actifio.com), Twitter (@actifio), or email at email@example.com.