UK Law Firm Farrer and Co. Builds Agile Infrastructure with Xsigo

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Law firm reduces server count by 1/3, accelerates IT management with Xsigo virtual I/O

Xsigo Systems, Inc., the leader in virtualized data center infrastructure, today announced that Farrer and Company, a top, independent, London-based law firm has adopted Xsigo’s virtual I/O technology to increase the flexibility of its IT infrastructure to provide its clients with the highest possible customer service. Thanks to the addition of three Xsigo I/O directors the law firm now enjoys significantly quicker infrastructure configuration changes in their VMware infrastructure, a 33% reduction in the number of servers, and a remotely manageable DR site.

When Farrer and Co’s IT administrators set out to upgrade and consolidate the firm’s server infrastructure, which consisted of 60 rack-mount servers equipped with direct attached storage, the team had a number of objectives in mind. These included providing clients with a faster, more responsive experience, providing a disaster recovery (DR) capability, and reducing the physical footprint of these systems. Due to the rapid expansion of the IT department, every inch of floor space was being used and a more efficient solution was required. The changing customs in the practice of law were also a pressing issue. Client requests now have a much higher information technology component than in the past, and more collaborative services and easier access to solicitors and information are now the rule. Farrer and Co.’s IT team needed to respond quickly when new demands arose.

To address these issues, the law firm selected two Xsigo I/O directors for its London data center, along with HP DL-series servers, VMware virtualization software and a Dell Compellent Storage Center SAN. A scaled-down version of the same infrastructure was deployed at its DR facility. The Xsigo systems immediately delivered more I/O bandwidth per dollar than the firm’s legacy solution, offered far greater management agility, and easily integrated into the existing SAN. Furthermore, the Xsigo solution allowed Farrer to configure physically isolated network and storage connections without relying on VLANs, a valuable assurance when handling confidential client data.

Andy Beech, IT operations manager at Farrer and Co., commented, “Our previous infrastructure was hardwired: each server had direct attached storage, ran a specific application and was cabled into specific networks. Consequently, it was very difficult to match resources to workloads. We knew that server virtualization would help, but we wanted to ensure that our infrastructure would not limit either performance or flexibility.”

“Only Xsigo provided the combination of attributes we wanted,” said Peter East, Farrer’s infrastructure supervisor. “When we evaluated Xsigo’s fabric, we found that it was fast, resilient, and easily scaled. In addition, we found the highly intuitive Xsigo management environment met our objectives to simplify management and increase agility.”

“With Xsigo virtual I/O, Farrer and Co. achieved the best of all possible outcomes: a lower cost infrastructure that provided greater management agility and a more responsive user experience,” said Jon Toor, vice president of marketing at Xsigo. “This is a great example of what happens when forward-looking firms such as Farrer and Co. extend their virtualization vision across the data center to optimize efficiency throughout .”

About Xsigo Systems
Xsigo Systems, Inc. is the leader in virtualized data center infrastructure, helping enterprise customers increase application performance, reduce costs and improve business agility. Based on patented and award-winning technology, Xsigo offers a complete family of infrastructure virtualization products, including the Xsigo I/O Director and the Xsigo Server Fabric. Xsigo has hundreds of customers, partners and resellers around the globe and services multiple industries including financial, education, government, entertainment, technology and telecommunications. The privately held company, founded in 2004 and based in San Jose, Calif., is funded by Kleiner Perkins, Khosla Ventures, Greylock Partners and North Bridge Venture Partners. For more information, visit

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