Saudi port operator picks Nutanix for hyperconverged platform

Gulf Stevedoring in bid to cope with predicted increases in customer demand

Resilient infrastructure allows Gulf Stevedoring to keep the ports running at all times with no disruption in service during maintenance.
Resilient infrastructure allows Gulf Stevedoring to keep the ports running at all times with no disruption in service during maintenance.

Gulf Stevedoring Contracting Company (GSCCO), a port operator in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has picked Nutanix hyperconverged software platform to cope with predicted increases in customer demand.

“We wanted a solution that would deliver linear scalability to handle rapid growth in container traffic,” explained Hossam El-Masry, information technology manager at GSCCO. “We were also looking for greater resiliency and the ability to upgrade and manage the infrastructure without any downtime or impact in any way on the level of service provided to staff and customers at the ports we manage.”

Following an evaluation of hyperconverged products from a number of vendors, the team at GSCCO decided on Nutanix, whose platform enables the company to reach a milestone of 50% growth in container traffic well ahead of schedule while significantly lowering operational overhead.

“The Nutanix software delivered fully on its promise of cloud-like scalability, enabling us to add additional nodes in hours rather than days or even weeks with the old hardware and software, and with no downtime. We now also have a much more resilient infrastructure allowing us to keep the ports running at all times with no disruption in service during maintenance and rapid failover to our recovery site to enable us to keep the ports working should we suffer a power outage or other problem,” said El-Masry.

Migration to Nutanix HCI software has led to a significant increase in performance and greater capacity, saving in rack space and a significant reduction in associated datacentre power and cooling overhead. The implementation success has freed up time for the support team to manage all physical and virtual resources across two sites with just one Nutanix management console, thus enabling them to spend more time supporting users and planning for further developments.

“Not only have we saved on capital IT spending, we have also achieved a saving of around 15 percent in terms of OpEx,” commented El-Masry.

Looking to the future, the company is evaluating the possible use of public cloud services, process automation and support for the Internet of Things (IoT) and is confident the Nutanix platform is equipped to handle these services with minimal risk and expense.

“With zero downtime even during major capacity upgrades, migration to Nutanix has revolutionised our IT infrastructure, making it quicker, more reliable and much easier to both scale and manage. We simply couldn’t have handled the recent massive growth in container traffic without Nutanix software,” concluded El-Masry.

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