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Data Centre Strategy Review

Assignment

Christie’s, the world’s largest art business and fine arts auction house, needed to improve the resilience of their application infrastructure and data centres in London, New York and Hong Kong. Leading Resolutions was engaged to carry out an in-depth review of the data centre environment and develop a strategy for improvement.

Approach

Leading Resolutions’ review highlighted inadequacies in disaster recovery capability and multiple points of failure for power and cooling. There was no further capacity available in the data centres. Christie’s also faced physical and operational risk from its proximity to the US Embassy.

Leading Resolutions created a dashboard for monitoring power, cooling, rack space and resilience. We also recommended strategies to improve Christie’s disaster recovery capability along with a business case comparing the existing hosting strategy with a managed service solution provider.

All recommendations were fully costed and submitted complete with their risks andmitigation measures.

Results

The data centre strategy review provided Christie’s with a clear vision for transforming their data infrastructure environment.This included a plan for sourcing strategy, partner selection, target service model and full implementation and a proper understanding of costs along with a budget management framework.The dashboard approach clearly identified priorities for action.

Leading Resolutions understood our challenges from the word go. The data centre review has provided us with a clear strategy for transforming the performance of our systems across the entire business.