Cash Machine Company Saves Money with SWsoft Virtuozzo
LONDON, U.K., June 26, 2007 – Cardpoint Plc, a leading provider of cash machines for retail environments, has appointed Objectronix Ltd, a virtualized infrastructure and IT security specialist to implement virtual servers. Objectronix proposed and delivered SWsoft's Vitruozzo operating system (OS) virtualization software as the only virtual server solution that not only slashes the physical server requirement, but is also able to run mission critical high I/O applications.
Harris Bokhari, infrastructure service manager at Cardpoint said, "When we evaluated the products, we were particularly impressed with Virtuozzo as OS virtualization avoids the poor performance caused by double caching, which is associated with virtualizing the hardware. With hardware virtualization like VMware, each VM has to write to both itself and the physical server and this can really erode the efficiency being gained. This is particularly important to us as we wanted to virtualize Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle databases, and needed to avoid degradation in I/O."
"On top of that, we were staggered by the price difference between Virtuozzo and VMware ESX Server. Virtuozzo just offered so much more value for money, meaning we could buy a brand new server, upgrade the memory on an existing server, and buy extra Virtuozzo licenses for the same as VMware ESX," continued Bokhari.
In addition to increasing the utilization of servers, Cardpoint has found that virtualization allows them to back-up the dispatch environment so tests can be run. While Virtuozzo was initially bought to run on the Oracle and BlackBerry Enterprise Servers (BES), Cardpoint has now rolled it out onto further servers across the data center and is also looking at expanding onto the servers housed at the company’s London offices.
Rob Lovell, managing director, U.K., SWsoft, said, "Not only did Objectronix do a great job on the initial implementation, but now use of Virtuozzo is spreading into other areas so that Cardpoint can realize additional tangible results and greater efficiencies in its IT infrastructure."
About Cardpoint Plc
Cardpoint is the market leader in the independent cash machine sector in the U.K. and Germany. Following the acquisition of Travelex ATMs in April 2007, which included 1,070 machines, Cardpoint has 5,900 cash machines. Over 8 million withdrawals are made at Cardpoint owned cash machines each month.
Objectronix was founded in 1998 and serves over 130 clients worldwide. Its core business is the definition and implementation of simplified and manageable IT infrastructures that are made possible by virtualization technologies (such as virtual servers, virtual desktops and advanced application management). For more information, call +44 (0)8700 117 455 or visit www.objectronix.com.
SWsoft is a global leader in virtualization and automation software that helps consumers, businesses, and service providers optimize their use of technology. The company's software powers more than 130,000 servers and 500,000 desktops worldwide. The SWsoft product line includes Virtuozzo - the leading operating system virtualization solution, Parallels - the leading desktop virtualization product, and Plesk - the leading server control panel. Founded in 1999, the company has offices throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit www.swsoft.com.