Pictured Karen O’Connor, Datapac and Robert Byrne, Holfeld Plastics.
Holfeld Plastics has implemented a new IT infrastructure that can scale to meet its requirements.
Holfeld Plastics is one of Europe’s leading extrusion and thermoforming companies, employing 120 people at its premises in the Vale of Avoca, Co. Wicklow. Established in 1980, to supply foam packaging to the cosmetics industry, Holfeld Plastics Ltd. has grown to be a leading rigid plastics packaging manufacturer in Ireland, the UK and continental Europe. The company currently supplies Bespoke Formings as well as an extensive range of standard trays and containers to customers throughout Europe in rPET, PP & HIPS, in both the food and non-food Sectors.
“Our old hardware platform was no longer meeting our requirements. We have to keep pace with developments,” explains Robert Byrne, IT Manager at Holfeld Plastics. “Furthermore, we were installing a new ERP solution and it was critical that the hardware, which hosts the software,was robust and resilient.”
Datapac, Holfeld’s preferred ICT partner, recommended highly resilient virtualised hardware with integrated disaster recovery and business continuity. Datapac moved Holfeld’s ERP solution to a more powerful infrastructure which consists of HP Proliant servers, HP Storage Area Networks, VMWare Enterprise Edition, Vizionore and an APC UPS solution whilst integrating with the existing Windows 2003 network and HP Storageworks backup.
“Datapac professionals have expert knowledge in key areas related to high availability, data replication and business continuity, in both planning and solution deployment,” continues Robert.
Datapac worked with Holfeld to integrate its recovery infrastructure into the company’s data network over fibre to its hot site, using technology from VMWare and Vizioncore. Holfeld uses VMWare Virtual Infrastructure Enterprise Edition to host virtual replicas of their production environment off site. This provides online replication of Holfeld’s applications by mirroring them to a hot site location.
“Should a hardware failure occur, all applications can be launched on the backup servers within a matter of minutes,” concludes Robert. “The new hardware suite and virtualisation platform solutions create an agile overall infrastructure that can quickly respond to changes in business needs going forward, empowering efficiencies and maximizing infrastructure investments.”
"With Datapac’s managed services we have an IT team that has expertise across a very wide range of technologies. Smartsourcing IT resources makes sense for an organisation such as ours, which relies heavily on cutting edge IT to protect and streamline our operations, without the need for a huge cost outlay".
"At Barretstown, we rebuild the lives of children, and their families, affected by childhood cancer and other serious illnesses. We serve 5,000 campers a year and have 1200 volunteers each year. Communication is crucially important and Datapac has helped us to streamline, improve and ensure efficiency."
"For many years Datapac has been our sole supplier for the maintenance of Personal Computers and Peripherals in Ireland. Through their Service Centres in Wexford and Dublin, Datapac provides excellent support to our businesses throughout the country and consistently meets the SLA targets which we have set. The skill, expertise and experience of their engineers and other technical support personnel are of the highest standard."
“The value of dealing with an HP Gold partner in this process can’t be underestimated. Datapac provide us with a local touch and can cover the full range of our IT requirements, but when there is a specific technical requirement like this, they can bring the specialist technical resources of HP to the table. HP and Datapac had a thorough discussion with us around our requirement - and had really done their homework - and then were able to provide us with a very highly specified test platform for us to prove the application on before we committed to purchase.”
Datapac understands our needs and requirements and has the expertise and experience to follow through on all our requests. Our constant need to reduce costs has been assisted by Datapac's ability to suggest alternative solutions and methods whilst improving both efficiency and productivity. Our partnership with Datapac is akin to having an IT department on site that we simply could not provide ourselves.