For UK-based gm2 Logistics, a warehousing and logistics company headquartered near London, a flexible and reliable storage platform is key to ensuring that about 740 tons of paper products are delivered to more than 1,350 customers on time every day.
The IT infrastructure at gm2 Logistics supports two central distribution centres (CDCs) and about seven regional RDCs that are responsible for warehousing, trucking, shipping, and other services for one of the largest paper merchants in the UK and Ireland.
High availability and low costs are essential in this extremely competitive, low-margin industry. Any downtime would leave trucks wasting time on docks waiting to be loaded, and running out of storage meant taking a system down and potentially disrupting deliveries. As the company's aging storage system struggled to support growing demand for capacity, John Boyd, IT manager at gm2 Logistics, turned to server and storage virtualisation to simplify data management and ensure business continuity.