Engineering consultants Zutari relocates its data centre to Pretoria

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SOUTH AFRICA – Engineering firm Zutari has relocated its data centre, including storage area network (SAN), storage and server infrastructure, following the company’s move of its Tshwane-based head office from Lynwood Manor to Newlands, Pretoria in South Africa.

The project was completed by Datacentrix, a high performing and secure ICT solutions provider.

Amid COVID-19 related hindrances, the company said it was able to resume its plans in July.

“We have built a strong relationship with Datacentrix over the past two years, and knew that they could bring the requisite technical expertise, with a proven track record in relocating data centres,” said Stephan Botha, IT operations at Zutari, but the company raised the discussion with several vendors and ultimately opted to partner with Datacentrix, adding that there was no formal tender process for the project.

“Other contributing factors included cost-effectiveness and a detailed pre-move preparation plan.

Datacentrix said it ensured all backups and archiving were completed prior to the move.

The organisation completed a network redesign for greater redundancy, including the devising and deployment of an “enhanced Wi-Fi set-up”.

“Essentially, we ended up with a four-day window within which to relocate the data centre, including backup power equipment, to the new offices”

Stephan Botha – IT Operations, Zutari

“This time pressure was considerably eased with the amount of preparation completed by Datacentrix beforehand, which incorporated rack consolidation – decommissioning old and irrelevant kit so that the number of racks to be moved was halved – and the general reorganisation of some technology.”

He also added that Zutari has seen an improvement to network stability as well as greater consistency in operations, despite the fact that the new building is not as yet completed.

“We worked hand-in-hand with Zutari to complete a lot of the leg work beforehand, holding regular workshops with the client ramping up to the move,” added Deon Insel, Senior Account Manager at Datacentrix.

“Having started discussions early in 2020, prior to lockdown, we were well prepared for execution when the time came.”

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