Dublin, 9th December 2011 – SIAC, one of Ireland’s largest construction groups, have chosen Novosco to provide a customised private cloud infrastructure, to support their collaborative motorway construction project in Debica, Poland. These motorway upgrades are being undertaken in preparation for the country’s hosting of the Euro 2012 football tournament.
Construction companies from Ireland have been shown to have some of the best résumés in Europe for motorway construction. Amid fierce competition SIAC closed the €350m contract for a stretch of Poland’s A4 Autostrada. This motorway runs along the south-east of Poland and is part of the E40 route, the longest motorway in Europe running from Calais to Ridder in Kazakhstan.
SIAC were awarded the contract, the Group’s largest ever, in a joint venture with one of Poland’s largest contractors, PBG. The 35 km motorway from Kryz to Debica in Poland is valued at ca. 1.4 billion Zloty (or approx. €356M) and is scheduled to be completed in 24 months.
A cloud solution was chosen to provide a common infrastructure, with equal access to information and information governance for both parties. It also provides greater security and reliability of centralised backup and disaster recovery than locally based servers. Novosco solved the challenges of the project by leveraging its existing virtual platform to provide the server-side computing infrastructure. This private cloud platform is located at Novosco’s primary data centre location in Dublin with the site offices in Poland accessing the data centre over the Internet via secure VPN.
“Novosco’s private cloud solution was attractive to us for a number of reasons,” says Eamonn Buckley, group IS & IT manager for SIAC Construction Ltd. “Firstly, it allowed us to deploy the infrastructure in a fraction of the time that a conventional hardware rollout would have taken. Another major benefit of this solution is that we only pay for our consumption within a given month. Novosco ensure that we always have enough head room when things get busy but conversely, we do not need to pay for that extra capacity when it is not needed. It also avoided the issue of who owns the hardware, during the project and after the project has been completed. This can sometimes be a bone of contention on collaborative projects such as this. Finally, the fact that all of the infrastructure required for this project is being paid for out of operating expenditure instead of capital expenditure was of major benefit”
Eddie O’Rourke, Sales Director with Novosco, pointed to the SIAC project as a signal of wider interest in cloud computing in the Irish marketplace, “This year we have seen a dramatic upward trend in enterprise organisations who want to explore the tangible benefits of cloud computing. For businesses such as SIAC, it makes a lot of sense to leverage existing virtual real estate as a service, rather than having to worry about acquiring and managing infrastructure that will only be needed for the finite duration of a project. Another common use-case we are seeing is the use of cloud computing for the purposes of disaster recovery. People who have already virtualised their server estate can now replicate their virtual servers to an external provider, such as ourselves. These virtual servers can then be powered up on our platform in the case of a disaster at the primary site. For smaller businesses, we have seen exponential growth in our CloudStream Apps platform which is designed to completely outsource the delivery of all business applications to staff and partners.”
About the SIAC Construction Group
Founded in 1913, SIAC’s business has grown through their reputation for delivering quality projects that always meet and often exceed clients’ expectations. SIAC are now one of Ireland’s largestcontractors and have built a strong reputation and growing business in Ireland and the UK. Through a programme of alliances with major international civil engineering contractors and specialist contractors, they are able to undertake multidisciplinary projects of scale and complexity.
Novosco is a leading provider of virtual and cloud based infrastructure solutions with offices in Dublin and Belfast.
Our vendor accreditations include:
•Ireland’s only accredited VCE Partner
•Ireland’s only EMC Velocity Premier Solution Partner
•VMware Enterprise Partner
•Cisco Premier Partner
•Citrix Platinum Partner
•Microsoft Gold Partner
With a track record of building and hosting some of the largest and most complex infrastructure projects on the
island, our expertise with virtual and cloud infrastructure is second to none. Novosco works with both public and private sector organisations in Ireland,
helping them define and deliver their infrastructure strategies across a broad range of technologies. Recent awards include our 12th consecutive listing in
the Deloitte Fast50 awards and Cisco Data centre and Premier Partner of the year.
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