IT as a Service approach helps manufacturer break free from flexibility & resource shackles

A modern infrastructure, delivered ‘as a service’, is enabling office furniture maker Kinnarps to engage its IT resources in a more strategic fashion. The company’s IT function now has more time to spend on business-critical tasks.

Challenge
Kinnarps provides and manages IT mainly using its own resources, with ambitious goals for supporting and developing the business. The company wants to maintain control over IT infrastructure, while realising that this is an increasingly complex and demanding task.

Solution
Kinnarps found the right solution by combining several services which together essentially form a private cloud where Proact provides and runs the infrastructure. This includes hardware and software for the virtualised data centre environment. The company has retained management of ‘all things’ above the infrastructure layer, including business applications.

Infrastructure as a Service with partial outsourcing through Systems Management by Proact,
an ITIL based service. Data centre solution based on Cisco UCS servers running VMware ESXi and NetApp storage technology (FAS with MetroCluster).Storage as a Service and Backup as a Service by Proact, with volume-based fees.

“For us, scalability is the biggest advantage with having infrastructure as a service. It’s easy to grow and also to reduce usage”