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Sawmill group VIDA is upgrading its data centre to include a FlexPod solution supplied and installed by Proact. 

Sawmill group VIDA has chosen Proact to supply its IT infrastructure. The company is also upgrading its data centre and replacing most of its hardware.

VIDA has centralised its IT operations at a data centre serving collective group functions and production facilities all over southern Sweden. A range of business-critical applications are run here, including systems for timber purchasing and sawmill production management.

VIDA has now selected a solution from Proact which is based on the FlexPod reference architecture, using equipment such as Cisco UCS blade servers and NetApp storage systems, including disk-based backup. All data storage will be mirrored to a secondary data centre, thereby also giving the company considerably stronger disaster protection than it used to have.

“We like both the performance and the security we get as part of the FlexPod concept, with support from Proact. This is also a cost-effective solution as we are now making a complete switch to a modern, virtualised infrastructure,” says Magnus Linnér, Head of IT at VIDA.

FlexPod is a reference architecture for data centres in which all components are tested and optimised in advance so that they all work together. This also means that Proact, in its capacity as a supplier, can accept overall responsibility for support even though the equipment is being supplied by a number of manufacturers.

“VIDA is the latest in a long line of customers who have discovered the advantages of FlexPod. Selecting a reference architecture instead of building a data centre using ‘loose’ components will give them a system which is fine-tuned and ready to get up and running right from the outset,” says Dan Mårtensson, Regional Manager at Proact.

VIDA AB is Sweden’s biggest privately owned sawmill group, employing around 900 staff at 17 production plants in Småland, Skåne and Västra Götaland, seven of which are sawmills. Around 85% of the company’s products are exported. Its operations also include building manufacture, packaging manufacturer, pellet manufacture and biofuel trading.

For further information, please contact:

Martin Ödman, CEO and President, Proact IT Group AB, tel +46 733 56 68 11, martin.odman@proact.eu
Peter Javestad, Vice President / IR, Proact IT Group AB, tel +46 733 56 67 22, peter.javestad@proact.eu

About Proact

Proact is Europe’s leading independent integrator in the field of integrated systems (data storage, servers and networks) and private cloud services. Proact supplies business benefits by helping companies and authorities the world over to reduce risk and costs, and above all to supply flexible, accessible and secure IT services.

Proact solutions cover all data centre elements, including storage, servers, security and network functions. In addition, Proact’s cloud service operations manage 70 petabytes of information. Proact has completed more than 3,500 successful projects all over the world to date.

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