Domino Sugar Finds Virtusteam’s Hybrid Cloud a Sweet Solution for Trans-Atlantic M&A Integration
Domino Sugar is using Virtustream’s xStream hybrid cloud platform to integrate the critical applications that came with its acquisition of Tate & Lyle Sugars. The newly-combined business blends resources from US and European sites. xStream is powered by Virtustream’s µVM technology, which delivers a basic cloud unit of capability – comprised of compute, memory, network and storage.
Domino Sugar is using Virtustream’s xStream hybrid cloud platform to integrate critical applications the company acquired from Tate & Lyle Sugars to run the newly combined business. xStream is powered by Virtustream’s µVM technology, which delivers a basic cloud unit of capability – comprised of compute, memory, network and storage.
The firms faced an expensive and time-consuming project, where Tate & Lyle Sugars’ business apps would first be “carved-out” from its former parent company’s IT environment, and then integrated with business processes at Domino Sugar, the new owner, according to Ian Bacon, president, Tate & Lyle Sugars.
Facing that option, Domino Sugar’s IT team instead elected to use the Virtustream xStream hybrid cloud appliance. Domino already used Virtustream xStream for its IT operations.
For the project, Virtustream deployed an xStream cloud appliance on-premise into the Tate & Lyle Sugars’ data center in the United Kingdom, which in turn provided a built-in connection to Virtustream’s xStream cloud nodes in the US.
Then, Domino applied migration and data archiving methods to complete the carve-out and integration. xStream allowed IT professionals at Domino and Tate & Lyle Sugars to provision, manage, meter and bill for on-going operations using a standard unit of cloud capacity called a micro-VM, Bacon added.
“We needed a partner to help us rapidly achieve synergies during our transition to the cloud and our migration into the Domino Sugar environment,” Bacon said in a statement. Virtustream xStream provided what he called “a powerful catalyst for the integration process [and] improved agility and performance.”
“Domino Sugar and Tate & Lyle Sugars showed tremendous vision in recognizing that cloud can accelerate post acquisition integration, particularly around resource efficiency and cost reduction,” said Rodney Rogers, chairman and CEO of Virtustream, in the statement.
Under the covers, Virtustream xStream provides:
Hybrid cloud management. A unified management console lets IT control a hybrid infrastructure that combines onsite-private clouds, offsite virtual private clouds, shared/public clouds and managed cloud services.
Enterprise-grade security. Multi-tiered, logical and physical cloud security and threat monitoring includes silicon-level authentication (with Intel TxTTM support).
End-to-end compliance. Support for a range of security and compliance standards mean that enterprises can meet requirements for NIST 800-53 (Defense), DIACAP (Gov), FISMA, ICD503, G-Cloud, SSAE16, ISO27001, HIPAA (Healthcare), PCI (e-commerce), SAS70 and others.
Application service level assurance. Efficient pooling of compute, memory, storage and network resources delivers application performance and service level assurances. xStream also allows IT to run legacy resources, web software, and enterprise applications (ERP, CRM, databases, etc.) in the cloud without re-coding.
xStream is powered by Virtustream’s µVM technology, which delivers a basic cloud unit of capability – comprised of compute, memory, network and storage. This architecture lets IT design and operate any combination of virtual private, hybrid and managed public clouds. xStream works with hypervisors from VMware IBM, Red Hat Xen, CentOS and others. Virtustream’s μVM also supports the ability to integrate backup, data replication and disaster recovery as configured by IT.
xStream is available in three configuration options: (1) a private cloud (delivered as software appliance suited for existing datacenters); (2) a virtual private cloud (with a set of managed cloud services running on Virtustream’s cloud), and (3) a public cloud option (for service providers).