Welcome to NG-IT

NG-IT is a company dedicated to meet the data storage, management, and virtualisation needs of today’s business environment. Instead of taking legacy ideas, systems, processes and technologies, we deliver an exceptional experience around the understanding, design, deployment and management of data centre solutions.

We are able to provide our customers with a full end to end service, from assessment, design, implementation, testing, through to data migration, acceptance testing and support.




Project Summary

Transformation project to provide improved business services through the use of a next generation converged infrastructure.

Setting the Scene

RNIB is a charity and membership body for blind people and those with sight problems. The organisation provides a range of support, advice and products to enable anyone affected by sight loss to remain independent.

Fundraising represents the lifeblood of the RNIB and the organisation’s IT system plays a critical role in the awareness generation and delivery of its services.

The Challenge

RNIB had a legacy NetApp storage system and Dell servers which was having a negative impact on the organisation’s ability to deliver its services. A number of upgrades had been implemented over the years but the system was proving to be inefficient and costly to maintain, despite the manufacturers attempts to provide RNIB with solutions.

RNIB’s fundraising potential was dependant on the system’s ability to generate demographic data for targeted marketing campaigns, accurately and efficiently.

RNIB needed a solution which would:

  • Increase performance – boost productivity and reach for their marketing campaigns by generating crucial insight information quicker and more efficiently
  • Significantly reduce data centre footprint in support of greener working
  • Improve operational efficiency and reduce management overhead
  • Reduce costs in terms of power and maintenance (the legacy storage infrastructure was using 2 x 42u of rack space and was a considerable draw for power and cooling)

The Solution – SmartStack

A SmartStack next generation converged infrastructure solution consisting of Nimble Storage and Cisco UCS was deployed at two sites (Peterborough and London). The new platform provides active/active business critical services from a unified platform, with increased performance, reduced management, improved operational efficiency and with a single point of support escalation for the entire stack.

The Benefits

  • Generating the insight data required for the RNIB’s fundraising campaigns now takes 4.5 hours compared to 12-15 hours for the previous IT system
  • Total Physical Space (including London and Peterborough sites) has reduced from 2 x 42u of rack space to 2 x 3u, a reduction in space of almost 93%
  • Reduced costs :
    • Non disruptive capacity and performance upgrades are now an affordable option
    • Power consumption has been reduced by 80%
    • Outsourced professional IT services are no longer required for complex and time consuming configuration and upgrades of compute and storage
    • Increased data availability and improved DR and business continuity measures
  • Ease of use – RNIB’s own Infrastructure team are able to provide all maintenance in house
  • Portability – RNIB will be relocating their data centre infrastructure in the near future – the vastly simplified solution now makes this activity relatively pain free when compared to the previous multiple rack solution.

David Mould of RNIB

“SmartStack does exactly what is says on the tin. To go from an idea, to gaining approval and then installation in the time taken for this solution has been a complete revelation. Its agility and scalability will have a big positive impact on supporting RNIB’s strategy of improving the lives of blind and partially sighted people in the UK. We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with the team at NG-IT!”