IISS – Virtualising the IT operating environment

Founded in the UK in 1958, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) is a world leading authority on global security, political risk and military conflict. It is a registered charity headquartered in London, with offices in Washington DC, Singapore and Bahrain – and is perceived as being one of the Top 10 Think Tanks in the world.

Project overview

In 2008, ISS decided to virtualise its in-house IT operating infrastructure to provide a high-availability environment with full Disaster Recovery capabilities. Part of that project involved identifying a colocation Data Centre provider that would best suit the charity’s current and future needs. With responsibility for running high profile conferences around the world, the need for a robust and reliable communications infrastructure was paramount.

IISS chose City Lifeline as the charity’s London Data Centre provider, taking a private suite with three racks initially, which has now increased to five. The initial project was completed without a hitch in 2009, and the ongoing relationship is extremely good, providing everything that ISS needs from a Data Centre partner.

“We chose City Lifeline because they ticked all the right boxes. They were independent, had excellent global connectivity, were very good on their processes for uptime and provided the perfect location for us. Whatever our future holds, City Lifeline will continue to play an important part in it.”

Neil Goodman – CTO

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