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AEWnet from Northern Italy increases efficiency by virtualizing its data center

"The technology of Fujitsu PRIMERGY BX900 blade servers has allowed us to develop our data center, assuring scope for future growth and consolidating our resources in a considerably smaller space."

Massimiliano Baldessarini, Network and System Administrator, Azienda Energetica Reti – Etschwerke Netz

The customer

Azienda Energetica Reti – Etschwerke Netz, also known under the trade name of AEWnet, manages and measures electric power distribution in numerous municipalities of the Alto Adige region. It is also responsible for maintaining, upgrading and extending the public lighting network for the area around the cities of Bolzano and Merano. The company is part of Azienda Energetica – Etschwerke Group, an important firm in the Alto Adige area, which formed in 1897 and operates – directly or through its subsidiaries – in the generation, transport, distribution and sale of electric power, as well as the distribution and sale of gas and heat.

The challenge

IT has provided the backbone for the majority of Azienda Energetica Reti’s essential processes for some time. System efficiency and reliability is a key factor in assuring the necessary operational continuity, which in turn ensures consistent service quality. The virtualization process inspired the decision to develop the data center with a view to both rationalization and future growth.

The solution

The features of the Fujitsu PRIMERGY BX900 blade server respond in full to AEWnet’s infrastructure upgrade requirements in terms of expandability, load management, and optimizing the use of space and energy. The number of physical servers present in the data centers has been cut down almost by half, whereas the additional resource availability has already enabled planning to begin on new service launches.

The benefit

  • Substantial reduction in the number of physical servers in the data center
  • Optimization of spaces and costs linked to maintenance and energy consumption
  • Expansion capacity for integration of new services and processes