As part of an ongoing drive to cut the company’s £80 million IT management costs, BG Group embarked on a strategy to create a sound, cost-effective infrastructure that would deliver against the current and future needs of an evolving business. Given the legacy infrastructure and vast mix of standalone departmental business systems handed down from the old British Gas days, this presented a large challenge. This task was made even more difficult by the global nature of BG’s business and the company’s insistence that all projects must:
The BG server estate numbered 240 servers supporting 1,900 users – a ratio of eight users per server with a corresponding overhead of one printer per user. A fundamental part of getting a sound, cost-effective infrastructure in place was the delivery of structured data strategy supported by a robust – but streamlined – server infrastructure. This server infrastructure would have to act as a global template but still meet the business imperatives of BG Group.
The baseline for the project was established using Avanade’s Server Consolidation Assessment. This tool aided the development of the business case and assisted to define the scope, which included: