systemsGo Leverages KVH Data Center and Network Solutions to Implement a Private Cloud Solution for the New Singapore Headquarters of a Regional Hedge Fund
The context and content of this document are about KVH Co., Ltd. prior to joining Colt Group S.A.
“ KVH has been an excellent partner delivering a broad range of hosting and network services to our customers. This relationship has enabled systemsGo to meet the IT infrastructure needs of various clients in Tokyo and now in Singapore.”
systemsGo is an IT infrastructure solutions provider supporting multinational companies across Asia. They have offices in Tokyo, Osaka, Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai, and delivery capabilities in Beijing and Taipei. As many of their clients also have a presence in other emerging Asian market locations, systemsGo maintains a partner network that enables them to complete projects and provide support in major cities in Greater China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand. systemsGo’s core competencies include project management, strategic consulting and engineering and local procurement services for office IT infrastructure upgrades and expansions, DR/BCP solutions, data migrations/upgrades, and systems integrations for mergers and acquisitions.
systemsGo Corporation’s Business Challenge
In early 2013, a systemsGo client required assistance to establish a Singapore office as their new headquarters. The client is a hedge fund with existing offices elsewhere in the Asia Pacific region and relocated their HQ to Singapore for strategic business reasons. With limited in-house IT expertise, the hedge fund needed a partner to ensure their IT systems would be in place to support their operations on the day they moved into the
new premises. Furthermore, the client had an aggressive timeline, strict budget, and required high availability, reliability, and performance, including low latency connectivity from the desktop to the key application servers.
Reason for Selecting Colt (formerly KVH) Services
To address the client’s broad range of IT infrastructure needs, Colt was selected for its high-performance, redundant data center environment, and ability to collaborate as a true partner by structuring a set of data center and network services at the right price point to the end users’ needs. systemsGo dealt with Colt Singapore, a very receptive team that worked with systemsGo consultants to develop a solution strategy utilizing a colocation facility to host high-spec servers and fully redundant, virtualized Windows environment as a private cloud, supporting their critical business applications. Colt and systemsGo collaborated to offer an integrated solution that enabled faster time to market and the business agility to progressively migrate applications from the existing HQ to the new Singapore facility in virtualized form with the ability to create test and parallel operation environments impossible with the limitations of physical servers and conventionally application licenses. The cloud approach allowed the systems to scale in line with anticipated business expansion and seasonal peaks.
systemsGo collaborated with Colt to leverage the strengths of both organizations and deliver a customized and integrated solution that met the needs of the customer.
Colt provided secure and highly available data center facilities to minimize the footprint of the backend IT systems at the systemsGo client’s office. Significant savings and reduction in complexity in the office IT build out were realized at the client’s office with Colt’s colocation services. The colocation approach provided a more secure site to host the private cloud and other system assets.
Colt Network Connectivity
Voice and data networks in Singapore were installed to provide connectivity between the office and the data center with redundant links configured with automatic failover functionality. Colt delivered the primary point-to-point circuit between the Colt data center and the systemsGo client’s office and the primary Internet connection at the data center. A secondary point-to-point link and Internet circuit terminate at the client’s office to ensure redundant access to applications hosted in the private cloud.
Colt Private Cloud
systemsGo designed and implemented a Private Cloud solution for the client based on VMware technologies, providing the virtual instances to host Exchange, VoIP, Speakerbus, Tamale and web servers. Storage and backup requirements were managed by an enterprise-level cloud-based solution, enabling disaster recovery and business continuity.
To minimize the risk associated with a direct migration from the customer’s old mail servers to a Microsoft Office365 “Exchange in the Cloud” solution, a highly available, virtualised Exchange server was installed in the data center as a temporary measure in order to perform a controlled migration to Exchange. Once the migration was complete, the Exchange Server and mail storage were smoothly migrated to Office365.