Rouse, an intellectual property rights law firm, has virtualised its servers in a bid to improve processes and disaster recovery, as well as cut costs.

The company used VMware Infrastructure 3.0 in its primary datacentre to cut from 65 servers to 10, in the few months after December. It moved from HP servers to Dell 1955 blades.

The server environment had been “outdated and unreliable”, it said. Rouse’s offices around the world – located in the UK, US and Asia – were not able to link in to the servers at the performance the company desired.

Rouse also upgraded its storage environment to Dell EMC CX3-20c technology, which it said has a “high capacity”.

The company now has “significantly” faster access to data and can perform backups more easily, it said.

A new disaster recovery site, built by Dell with M1000e Blades, has higher capacity and costs less to run, Rouse said.

The Rouse head of IT, Jonathan Bruce, said another reason for the project was easier support – by adding to its other Dell hardware it now has one support line to call.