Skyscanner creates new data centres with Dell blade solution

Travel-search site completes UK and Singapore facilities, Hong Kong to be added this month

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 20 January 2014
Skyscanner creates new data centres with Dell blade solution

Travel-search site Skyscanner has worked alongside Dell to create new converged data centres in the UK and Singapore, with a further centre in Hong Kong set for deployment in January 2014.

Skyscanner has enjoyed substantial growth in the past year, with an 84% increase in traffic and more than 25 million mobile app downloads.

In order to support its customers globally, Skyscanner is moving away from hosted IT resources and has built its own data centres in Europe and Asia.

Following a review of the market, Skyscanner selected Dell and a proof of concept was completed for a converged blade solution.

This solution combines Dell EqualLogic Blade Arrays, Dell PowerEdge blade servers, Dell Networking NXL blade switching, and blade chassis management software. The solution’s compact, shared footprint reduces the need for excessive licenses, space and cable configuration, as well as reducing power and cooling costs.

Dell’s end-to-end, scalable solution was implemented at Skyscanner’s new data centres following a test phase. Each centre now uses multiple Dell Converged Blade Data Center solutions, combining Dell EqualLogic blade arrays, servers, switching and management. This ensures an entire data centre is within a single blade enclosure, streamlining IT management and operations.

Skyscanner also deployed EqualLogic hybrid SSD arrays, which auto-tiers ‘hot’ application data, helping the company manage workloads.

“Web-based services across the world are experiencing great market opportunities as consumers and businesses increasingly spend online,” said Aisling Keegan, general manager and executive director for Preferred Accounts, Dell UK. “As these organisations grow and become more successful, the challenge of providing a consistently high quality of service becomes crucial to long-term success. Dell’s converged end-to-end solutions and services provide the scalability, flexibility and performance required to help organisations deploy powerful data centre environments to support heavy demand and accommodate rapid business growth.”

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