FlexPod transforms Shimano’s IT infrastructure into a scalable, reliable and efficient platform
VMtech delivers infrastructure overhaul for rapidly expanding manufacturer and distributor of sporting and lifestyle products
Lifestyle Sporting Goods
Consolidation of two businesses into a single purpose-built facility, exchanging legacy servers with a cloud-based ready infrastructure
NetApp and Cisco’s Flexpod integrated computing, networking and storage solution combined with VMtech’s Managed Services & Cloud Services
Significant and quantifiable increase in the scalability, efficiency and reliability of both Shimano’s computing and storage systems
Solution delivered in partnership with:
The Business Challenge
Shimano manufactures fishing and cycling products, everything from rods, reels, apparel, components, accessories and spares. In Australia, these were two separate small companies, which Shimano acquired. Pre-merger, the companies were spread over three physical locations and were using separate ageing IT systems. Shimano’s plan was to purpose-build an automated distribution centre and consolidate both companies staff and products onto a single IT platform that would provide reliability, efficiency and flexibility. Shimano required its new infrastructure to be able to effortlessly scale regardless of how far the company exceeded its business growth projections.
- The individual fishing and cycling companies ran
disparate legacy IT infrastructures, which required
- There was a severe lack of server capacity and disk
space, so IT teams spent a significant amount
of their time maintaining and upgrading the physical
- Shimano wanted to deploy an ERP system
that would standardise the operations and reporting
procedures for the newly merged entity
- New Zealand branch to be opened
Shimano’s IT Manager Tim Clarke performed a formal analysis of both the fishing and cycling companies systems. He decided that in order to fulfil Shimano’s short and long-term business objectives, Shimano’s IT infrastructure needed a complete overhaul so the two separate companies could reside on a single, shared IT platform.
Clarke partnered with VMtech because he believed they were best suited to not only design and deploy the new IT infrastructure, but also provide a fully managed service, allowing his team to take a mainly ‘hands off’ approach.
After considering various alternatives, Shimano and VMtech decided to replace the company’s entire IT infrastructure with Flexpod, which is an integrated computing, storage and networking solution by NetApp and Cisco.
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“We couldn’t hire the sort of talent that VMtech have, I don’t have the head-count to do what they do. Day one we walked in everything was working, the infrastructure and automation system was up and running. It all worked out very, very well. Return on investment has been great. For what we pay VMtech it’s definitely better than what I could do inhouse"
Tim Clarke, IT Manager, Shimano Oceania Holdings