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Qirx helps Canberra School shake off the shackles of SAN

May 11, 2017 : Robyn Prior

ARN has described a Nutanix deployment by Qirx at St Francis Xavier College, a local Canberra school. Network manager Geoff Smith commented that since the deployment ““My time has been freed up to focus more on delivering technology and useful ...

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Qirx is the premier provider of VMware virtualisation services in the Canberra, Sothern NSW and Asia-Pacific regions,

Our service offering includes:

  • Virtualisation design / architecture
  • Capacity planning
  • Data centre migrations
  • Server and infrastructure virtualisation
  • Storage virtualisation
  • Disaster recovery solutions
  • Business continuity
  • Virtual desktop solutions
  • Virtual infrastructure security
  • Virtual development and lifecycle management
  • Application publishing, packaging
  • Virtual system and environment Health checks

All work in the virtualisation space is conducted by a certified VMware professional.
Qirx also utilises well-established management practices such as ITIL and prince2 to ensure a successful outcome from projects.

Virtualisation design / architecture

Qirx offers end to end system architecture solutions, each virtualisation design and architecture is planned to meet VMware current best practices. A virtualisation design and architecture starts off by determining client needs, from here a detailed analysis of the existing physical environment is undertaken to determine the capacity requirements for the proposed virtual infrastructure.

The capacity analysis undertaken for a virtualisation design includes all areas of IT infrastructure including server infrastructure, storage infrastructure and capacity, networking infrastructure and client devices.

Virtualisation architecture designs are put together with future needs and requirements in mind. Disaster recovery, security and life cycle management are taking into consideration when the design is put together. This is to ensure the proposed environment can be added to and made future proof if necessary.

Capacity planning

Qirx can perform capacity planning and analysis on both existing and future infrastructure requirements. This includes both the physical requirements and managerial requirements to ensure sufficient capacity is available to support a proposed virtual environment.

  • Ascertaining the infrastructure and management requirements to ensure sufficient capacity for the present and future need of the organisation.

Data centre migrations

Qirx is highly experienced and has hands-on knowledge when it comes to data centre migrations, we have performed data centre migrations which include physical to virtual migrations as well as relocation of complete physical data centres.

In addition to the practical and technical aspect of data centre migrations Qirx also offers migration planning to ensure data centre migrations can occur with minimal impact to the client. The planning also includes disaster recovery options and depending on the criticality of the applications or the service being relocated, near zero downtime for the migrations can be built into the migration plan.

  • Migration planning
  • Conversion from physical to virtual environments
  • Disaster recovery
  • End to end management of the process
  • Business continuity
  • Near zero downtime migrations

Server and infrastructure virtualisation

Server and infrastructure virtualisation is the cornerstone to any virtual environment. Qirx has been performing server virtualisations since 2003. During this time we have worked closely with our partners to stay on top of the best practices for physical to virtual planning, migration and management strategies.

  • Physical to virtual migration planning
  • Capacity planning
  • Server virtualisation
  • Network virtualisation
  • Virtualisation modelling to determine future capacity requirements
  • Conversion planning and implementation
  • Environment management

Storage virtualisation

Storage virtualisation is a key aspect of virtualisation it provides the ability to represent data independently of where and how it is physically stored, thus enabling increased asset utilisation, faster application recovery and reduced space, power and cooling requirements.

We can provide the following services:

  • System design and review;
  • Operations planning;
  • Capacity planning;
  • Storage virtualisation; and
  • Conversion planning and implementation

Disaster recovery solutions

Qirx has a proven track record of designing and implementing practical and effective solutions for disaster recovery.

Qirx offers services in three areas regarding disaster recovery. First, analysis of existing environments and makes recommendations based on gathered information. Second, provide a disaster recovery design and a disaster recovery plan. Third, system deployment and configuration for a complete disaster recovery solution.

  • Requirements analysis
    • Capacity
    • SLA
    • RPO (Recovery Point Objectives)
    • RTO (Recovery Time Objectives)
  • System design and review
  • Operations planning
  • Fail over fail back
  • Implementation

Virtual desktop solutions

Qirx has a track record of designing, implementing and managing virtual desktop infrastructures. These environments range from as little as a four seat proof of concept all the way up to an enterprise 2,000 seat solution with user access provided by thin clients.

Qirx can provide complete end to end solutions for virtual desktops. Service offerings include:

  • Requirements analysis
  • Architecture design
    • Infrastructure
    • Networks
    • Client access
    • SOE(s)
    • Desktop management
    • Environment management including patching and upgrades
    • Storage
    • Application packaging and testing
    • Test and development
  • Migration planning
  • Operations planning
  • Business continuity and disaster recovery planning
  • Implementation

Virtual development and lifecycle management

Virtual deployment and life cycle management services are offered to optimise virtual environment utilisation and reduce management overheads. We can provide process and procedures for deployment of lab manager implementations and life cycle manager implementation as well as best practice operational guidelines.

  • Process and procedure development
  • Lab manager implementation
  • Lifecycle implementation
  • Virtual environment utilisation (DR site also used for test and development)

Application publishing, packaging

By utilising the latest software packaging technology is Qirx can offer application publishing and packaging. We can provide encapsulation of applications to prevent software conflicts and reduced management overheads with the use of VMware’s ThinApp product.

Custom standard operating environments (SOEs) and automated deployment service infrastructure can also be built on client requests.

  • Encapsulation of application
  • ThinApp development and deployment
  • Standard operating environments (SOEs)

Virtual system and environment Health checks

To ensure that your environment is operating at its optimal performance Qirx offers virtual environment health checks. This health check will ensure that you have the correct management procedures in place for your virtual environment as well as reviewing your current virtual deployment to make certain you are getting the best ROI from your infrastructure.

  • System and process review
  • Infrastructure and storage optimisation recommendations