Custom vRealize automation solution results in flexible platform to support fluctuating usage demand.

The Customer

International leaders for multi-channel betting and gaming, this renowned British bookmaker offers an unrivalled choice of products and highest standards of service to customers. With a strong online presence and market leading technology, they aspire to be the number one choice for customers, however they choose to bet and game.

The Situation

  • Transfer of infrastructure management to in-house to aid future business growth
  • Ensure rapid production of new scalable infrastructure to support varying usage demands during peak activity
  • Efficient Xtravirt consulting integration with the automation team on site, to ensure minimal disruption to the customer’s complex infrastructure

Our Approach

  • Scalable automation/ orchestration solution deployed to support online presence and internal systems
  • Design and production of a vRealize Automation infrastructure, with Puppet integration via vRA and vRO
  • Use of existing technology ‘Foreman’ to assist Puppet management, providing additional flexibility and capability
  • Jenkins continuous integration tool used to bridge technologies between GitLab and vRA publishing of blueprints

Outcomes Achieved

  • 79% reduction of time taken to wait for a virtual machine (VM), resulting in the deployment of hundreds of servers within a few hours
  • Management of the infrastructure transferred internally removing need for third party and costs incurred
  • A repeatable platform ready for deployment across 3 European locations
  • Creation and augmentation of a self-service portal enabling users to submit service requests against templated offerings and drive support efficiencies