Matexi initially studied a few potential solutions itself. In a second phase, the company approached Inetum-Realdolmen. "That sped up the design study considerably," says Micha Albertijn. "Together we then set up a thorough RFP process." Analysis of the proposals led to the final choice: HPE ProLiant servers for 75 virtual machines on VMware, HPE Nimble storage, HPE ServiceGuard for Linux for monitoring, HPE Aruba top of rack switches with AOS-CS and Veeam backup software.
"Together with Inetum-Realdolmen, we set out to find the most suitable solution," continues Micha Albertijn. "This primarily involved a number of objective criteria. The new environment had to be made to fit us: fit for purpose, today and in the future." Nevertheless, subjective elements also played a role. "People work with people. Our good relationship with the experts at Inetum-Realdolmen was one of the factors that determined our choice." An interesting detail: the project took place at the start of the first coronavirus lockdown. "Everyone was forced to work remotely, which at first glance seemed to be an extra challenge, but in practice ensured more involvement and focus. The importance of the project was raised to an even higher level by the pandemic!"
Ready for growth
The implementation was completed within three months by Inetum-Realdolmen. "The stakes were high, but at the same time we remained realistic – as is actually always the case at Matexi," laughs Micha Albertijn. "The fact that we were going through such a heavy migration went completely unnoticed by the business itself. Everyone was able to continue doing their job." But that things were changing was becoming quite clear anyway. "With the new infrastructure, we are providing a solid basis for the further growth of our business," concludes Micha Albertijn. "The infrastructure is there to allow Matexi's employees to work together more efficiently in the years that lie ahead. Likewise, a high-performance, available and secure IT environment contributes to the realization of every next neighborhood development..."