Specialist pensions provider Suffolk Life has signed IBM to help it adopt a smarter computing approach.

Suffolk Life said it is now able to quickly increase infrastructure based on consumer and business demand while lowering its energy consumption.

The company brought in IBM to upgrade and consolidate its server and storage infrastructure to deliver increased flexibility in handling and accessing pension data across the business, while decreasing its carbon footprint and energy costs.

IBM migrated 84 per cent of Suffolk Life's existing physical environment to a new virtualised server and storage environment, switching from HP servers to "energy efficient" IBM System x3650 M3 servers.

As a result, Suffolk Life consolidated the number of physical servers from 66 boxes to only six across two sites, plus an additional nine IBM hosts providing the new virtual environment. The project included the migration of 60 business applications to the new environment.

Following completion of a virtualisation project in April, overall power consumption at Suffolk Life was reduced by 37 percent within four weeks, delivering projected savings of around £30,000 per year.

Ian Long, head of IT at Suffolk Life, said: "IBM delivered an updated infrastructure ahead of schedule that enabled us to significantly reduce our power consumption and associated running costs.”

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