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UK Payment Services Provider Gets Seriously Scalable, Available and Secure

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 UK Payment Services Provider Gets Seriously Scalable, Available and Secure - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) - Cloud Databases
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) - Cloud Storage Services
Applicable Industries
  • Finance & Insurance
Applicable Functions
  • Business Operation
Services
  • Cloud Planning, Design & Implementation Services
  • System Integration
The Challenge

Demand for Pay360 services, however, was outstripping the capabilities of the company’s legacy 3-tier IT infrastructure which was proving inherently slow to scale, unreliable, and difficult to manage.

These issues were further exacerbated by reliance on third parties to manage both the physical and virtual infrastructure. This hampered the ability of the technical team to resolve its availability problems more quickly, let alone identify bottlenecks and investigate other ways of enhancing service performance.

A complete re-think of the Pay360 IT infrastructure was clearly required with the emphasis on scalability, performance, and ease of management, albeit with the added complication of having to meet the stringent security requirements of PCI compliance.

The Customer
About The Customer

Pay360 by Capita is a Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliant provider offering a full range of telephone, online, and mobile payment services. Customers include central/local government organizations and private businesses including Transport for London, TV Licensing, and numerous local authorities, schools, and colleges.

The Solution

Following a proof of concept trial, Pay360 decided to deploy HPE ProLiant servers with Nutanix HCI software. One for its PCI-compliant customer applications and secure primary data, with another to handle less critical applications and secondary storage.

A further cluster was also specified for data backup and disaster recovery which, for PCI compliance, would normally have to be kept physically separate from the primary systems. Moreover, by also switching from VMware to the Nutanix AHV hypervisor, the whole solution – physical and virtual - can be managed from the same Nutanix Prism GUI.

The final piece of the jigsaw was HYCU Data protection for Nutanix. A purpose-built backup and disaster recovery application, tightly integrated with the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud platform and able to protect file share, VM, and business-critical application data for PCI compliance, again, using the same simple management interface.

Operational Impact
  • [Efficiency Improvement - Issue Response]
    • Reduced Processing Times
    • On-demand scalability enabling new VMs to be brought online in minutes rather than weeks
  • [Product Improvement - Flexibility]

    Hybrid-ready on-premise infrastructure to facilitate digital transformation plans

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