Simplify Your Storage for Cloud Services


brightsolid drives growth, delivering a seamless,
cost-effective cloud service to customers with
software-defined storage

Hosting Solutions   |   United Kingdom

Business needs

brightsolid wanted to meet customer needs for enhanced cloud services by developing its storage environment and upgrading to Windows Server 2016.

Business results

  • Gives customers continued reductions in the cost of cloud services
  • Helps business meet rising demand for cloud IT
  • Saves days in deployment of latest cloud IT hardware solutions
  • Enhances rate of return with improved storage utilisation

“We resolved any issues we had with Microsoft Storage Spaces and upgraded successfully to Windows Server 2016 with Dell EMC.”

– Kenny Lowe, head of emerging technologies, brightsolid

The market for cloud services is growing fast. According to Gartner, public cloud services will soon exceed £137 billion (US$204 billion) worldwide. In the U.K., companies such as brightsolid are seeing healthy business expansion. Through its relationships with the U.K.’s public sector ,brightsolid has seen significant growth among local authorities, which are increasingly using cloud services not only as a way to reduce costs, but also to improve the delivery of mission-critical services. brightsolid wanted to enhance its Microsoft-based cloud solution to drive development and deliver greater value to customers. The cloud solution was successfully running on Windows Server 2012 R2, but there were integration issues with the system’s Microsoft Storage Spaces, which provide virtual pools of storage. The company looked for a vendor that could solve these problems, as well as ensure a smooth upgrade path to Windows Server 2016, helping brightsolid meet critical security requirements in markets such as the public sector.

Solving today’s issues

The organisation engaged with Dell EMC Consulting Services, which proposed a Dell EMC Storage with Microsoft Storage Spaces (DSMS) reference architecture to overcome brightsolid‘s challenges. The solution features Dell EMC PowerEdge R630 servers with Intel® Xeon® processors, which brightsolid selected for several reasons. These included the density of the servers for supporting large numbers of virtual machines, and the fact the servers are validated for Windows Server 2012 R2. The reference architecture also featured Dell EMC PowerVault MD3060E storage enclosures and Dell EMC Networking S4810 10 to 40 Gigabit Ethernet switches. Comments Kenny Lowe, head of emerging technologies at brightsolid, “We resolved any issues we had with Microsoft Storage Spaces and upgraded successfully to Windows Server 2016 with Dell EMC. The implementation was a success because of the time everyone put into the project. Dell EMC and Microsoft worked for more than 12 months to ensure the right levels of validation for the solution.”

Saves days in deployment times

To simplify the implementation process, brightsolid worked with ProDeploy. As part of the engagement, ProDeploy personnel completed a site readiness review and a Dell EMC project manager took over the implementation process. Deployment was completed with full knowledge transfer, and the Dell EMC solution was verified post installation. “We were impressed with ProDeploy. It saved us days of work because the ProDeploy team has the experience and expertise to avoid the pitfalls of building a new environment end to end,” says David Fleming, IT services engineer on emerging technology at brightsolid.

Continued reductions in cloud costs

brightsolid is better able to meet its commitment to lowering the cost of cloud services. With improvements in technology enabling greater efficiencies, the company sees no reason why its customers shouldn’t enjoy the benefits. “We’re committed to reducing the cost of our cloud services as technology allows us to do so. Improving our cloud infrastructure in partnership with Dell EMC is helping us deliver on our promise,” says Kenny Lowe.

Keeping pace with rising cloud demand

The firm can scale the DSMS solution easily as demand for its cloud services grows. Kenny Lowe says, “We see Windows Server 2016 as an important step forward in enabling us to deliver better cloud services. For example, with Microsoft Hyper-V Shielded Virtual Machines, the cloud has an even higher level of security.”

“We’ve reduced management time by up to 70 per cent with our DSMS solution from Dell EMC.””

David Fleming, IT services engineer on emerging technology, brightsolid

70 per cent less management time

brightsolid IT personnel can spend more time developing its cloud services now that routine management has been significantly reduced. With the DSMS in place, we no longer have issues around Microsoft Storage Spaces. “We’ve reduced management time by up to 70 per cent with our DSMS solution from Dell EMC,” says David Fleming.

Increased speed and capacity

Customers can have critical applications delivered by the brightsolid  cloud safe in the knowledge that the architecture offers a high level of storage performance. In tests, brightsolid achieved storage performance of more than one million I/Os per second. Kenny Lowe adds, “We’ve also seen useable storage capacity rise, delivering greater value to the business.”