Murray & Roberts Construction has successfully implemented VMware Infrastructure 3 to create an IT infrastructure that flexes with the ever-changing requirements that characterise the building industry.

Murray & Roberts is a market leader in the fields of engineering design, construction and project management and the company is one of the most successful construction and engineering firms in Africa. Major construction projects awarded to Murray and Roberts Construction, the construction business of Murray & Roberts, in South Africa significantly inflated the company's project order book with multi billion rand projects.
Murray & Roberts Construction needed an IT solution that would carry the business into the future while remaining flexible enough to grow and shrink with market fluctuation.
The company required a solution that maximized its limited resources and provided failover functionality that would see each instance of downtime whether planned or unplanned significantly reduced. VMware Infrastructure 3 solved these key issues and provided fluctuation flexibility through effective resource pooling, but also lowered downtime from one to two days to 120 minutes through the High Availability and Disaster Recovery features.
"The VMware solution enabled our IT infrastructure to effectively expand and contract in accordance with our business needs," says Anthony Schoombie, IT manager of Murray & Roberts Construction. "This means we no longer have to purchase additional hardware on a per-project basis. The solution allows our business to effectively utilise limited resources to their full potential. The additional failover capabilities also means that our business would be up and running within a matter of minutes preventing major cost incursions."
Virtualization from VMware has allowed Murray & Roberts to:
* Eliminate server sprawl through server consolidation;
* Aggregate servers, their network and storage into a shared computing, network and storage resource pool;
* Activate effective failover capabilities through High Availability;
* Migrate servers effectively through VMware vMotion to prevent downtime and maintain service levels;
* Dynamically and quickly allocate resources through VMware vMotion to ensure no downtime for virtual machines in the resource pool – guarantees optimal access to resources.
Schoombie says: "Murray & Roberts Construction chose the VMware infrastructure because it offered our company the best possible solution for our needs now and in the future. The ability to have an effective failover solution that mitigates downtime has proved invaluable to our business. Fast and efficient resource management is at last possible, empowering the IT department to assist the business in key areas by speedily allocating resources as they are needed."
"Many South African businesses are seeing the value in having a flexible IT environment that can modulate with the company's dynamic," says Chris Norton, regional director for VMware Southern Africa. "VMware Infrastructure 3 has proven its worth in the financial sector and has also shown great business benefits for other industries, too."