Industrial Clothing Limited (ICL) is one of Sri Lanka’s leading manufacturers of
premium quality protective gloves used in a multitude of industries including automotive,
medical, chemical, food processing, household and many more. As a B2B company seeking
to lead its way in a highly competitive market, Industrial Clothing is on a continuous
mission to improve their internal processes in order to strengthen their focus on
core business functions that gives them a unique competitive edge. In a recent move
in this endeavour the company revolutionized its IT infrastructure and switched
from its conventional twenty server IT network to a Virtualization platform powered
by Windows Server® 2008, enabling them to maintain a distinctive edge with reduced
cost and faster turnaround time.
With this move ICL joins the elite group of organizations who are incorporating
virtualization into their IT infrastructures because of the potential to drive IT
costs down. By consolidating servers, companies are seeking to lower costs for hardware
and labor-related server management. Fewer servers also translate into reduced cost
for data centre space, and for power and cooling. Many organizations also save money
by using virtualization to ensure application compatibility, which eliminates the
need for resource-intensive testing and installation processes.
Virtualization also helps make IT much more efficient. Servers, operating systems
and applications can be provisioned in a fraction of the time previously required,
so that end users can get the resources they need when they need them. High availability
solutions help ensure that resources are always available and consistently reliable,
which can result in drastic improvements in business continuity and, therefore,
On the other hand, organizations use virtualization to make their businesses much
more agile. With dynamic data centres and desktops, IT can respond very quickly
to evolving business, market and user needs.
With Microsoft, a virtualized infrastructure consists of the three computing layers
already present in an IT infrastructure: hardware, operating system and applications.
Virtualization works by pooling resources to accomplish the same tasks with fewer
servers and combines the work done by several servers by using one “Hypervisor”
that is able to handle all tasks in a timely and efficient manner. Windows Server
includes the Hyper-v role and thereby avoids adding a fourth infrastructure layer
exclusively for virtualization that can increase the complexity of their IT infrastructure
which can also result in increased support costs, especially if an integrated management
solution is not in place.
Microsoft's Hyper-v Virtualization decreases the number of physical servers utilized
by replacing them with virtual servers or virtual machines (VM) that emulate a physical
computer. These VMs unlike their hardware versions use operating systems to substitute
each server being replaced and runs several servers simultaneously on one physical
server(similar to several programmes running simultaneously on an operating system),
thus reducing the number of servers used. The Hypervisor determines the processing
power of the combined VMs and allocates each task a portion of its computing power
that needs to be carried out regularly by the ICL's IT system.
With the implementation of the Windows Server 2008, ICL was able to deploy new features
that both enhanced efficiency and reduced costs; the Hyper-v, for example, has an
updated management interface and includes powerful new features, in particular,
Live Migration, which allows IT managers to move server workloads to different physical
hosts in seconds and without interruption of service (See attached image).
Other capabilities delivered by Windows Server 2008 allow a quick and easy response
for the ever changing front-line business requirements. Tasks that usually took
IT Administrators at ICL weeks to complete due to multiple server updates that also
ran the risk of down times or service interruptions can now be performed in less
than 30 minutes using the new Remote Desktop Services and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
technologies in Windows Server 2008 R2.
Other features of the platform which include Web resources and management enhancements
permit the IT team at ICL to run a single, simplified Web server across multiple
app platforms. The updated Server Manager Console and Windows PowerShell 2.0, work
on top of these new feature platforms to give greater control than ever before.
The administration tools address ease of management and custom automation of common
tasks. The virtualization capabilities invested in by ICL enable rapid response
to changes in demand for virtualized workloads—without interruption of service,
allowing them to implement IT best practices that are adopted by world-class manufacturing
firms of same size across the globe.
"At the end of the day, the crux of any new technology is to contribute towards
the overall efficiency and convenience of any organization or individual and our
Hyper-v Virtualization platform accomplishes that in numerous ways, which includes
very straightforward benefits such as cost cutting, reducing problems and errors
within the IT system etc.” said Harsha Randeny, Partner Technology Advisor of Microsoft
Sri Lanka. “And Hyper-v Virtualization has the ability to calculate and determine
and allot the necessary computing power to its virtual servers to ensure maximum
performance. It’s almost like hiring a project manager who overlooks an entire team
of employees and makes sure that the work load is equally divvied among his employees
and ensures that each one works only the hours necessary to get their jobs done
so that overworking and resource wastage is prevented."
The benefits of a Hyper-v Virtualization solution are not limited to solely a reduction
of physical servers but also the system’s ability to determine the percentage of
power necessary to conduct daily tasks over long periods of time, enabling efficiency
since the power used on a certain task such as the email exchange will be increased
during periods of high email traffic and reduced accordingly, making this process
extremely effective and efficient.
"We've noticed a marked difference within our internal IT system during the past
few months since we initiated the Hyper-v Virtualization solution. Apart from not
experiencing any system breakdowns which we have come to expect with any server
migration or upgrade scenarios, we have greatly reduced our IT overheads since we
no longer use a large number of Ethernet cables but allow the Hyper-v integration
service to handle all the servers in the network," stated Mr. Sumedha Gunaratne,
Head of Group IT at Industrial Clothing Limited. “The system was extremely easy
to install and has been easy to handle and maintain. This technology allows us to
remotely take care of time-consuming and irksome manual labour of maintaining a
network of servers in our company's IT system so that we can work on achieving our
business goals instead."
The cost savings derived with the implementation of Windows Server 2008 include
streamlined management, less reliance on expensive third-party software, more scalable
application serving and lowered WAN bandwidth costs. ICL has seen server consolidation
rates up to 3-to-1 as well as up to an 80% decrease in IT man-hours spent on routine
administrative tasks like file system management. The Virtualization platform has
helped the organization greatly lower its energy consumption, with the reduced number
of physical servers required and lessened the space required to house the IT infrastructure
and optimized their 24-hour information systems.
"Industrial Clothing as a top-notch multinational manufacturing firm is poised for
tremendous growth over the coming years, and with this move the company is setting
itself leagues ahead of other players in the field by concentrating on what matters
most in their line of business. Working with ICL is another case of Greenwich's
ability to deliver scalable and affordable IT solutions aligned to its customers'
business objectives. It was a great opportunity to work with a far-sighted customer
who wants to maximise the benefits of this novel technology." commented Mr. Suran
Fonseka, CEO of Greenwich Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd who was the implementation partner for
Industrial Clothing who also played a key role in delivering the maximum value for
the investment made by the customer which is one of the key success factors in technology
deployments in any scenario.
One of the key advantages for organizations such as Industrial Clothing who may
already have an investment in tools, personnel, and processes that are based on
Microsoft products is that they can save even more by deploying Windows Server 2008.
This enables organizations to integrate virtualization into existing tools, personnel,
and processes where by directly contribute to saving management, software, and training
costs. Read more on the many benefits of Hyper-v Virtualization solution and Windows
Server 2008® at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/hyperv-main.aspx