Logicalis

Logicalis is an international provider of integrated information and communications technology (ICT) solutions and services founded on a superior breadth of knowledge and expertise in communications & collaboration, data center, and cloud computing and managed services.The Logicalis Group has annualized revenues of over $1 billion, from operations in the UK, US, Germany, South America and Asia Pacific, and is fast establishing itself as one of the leading IT and Communications solution integrators, specializing in the areas of advanced technologies and services. The Logicalis Group is a division of Datatec Limited, listed on the Johannesburg and London AIM Stock Exchanges, with revenues of approximately $5 billion.
“We could not build a data center of the same class, timeframe and reliability.”
Bob Mobach, Data Center Director

Challenge
Logicalis, an international provider of integrated information and communications technology (ICT) solutions and services, wanted to expand its cloud solution environment to support the ever-growing demand from its customers. With an immediate need to expand their growing cloud computing services, they needed a data center solution – and fast. Logicalis needed a provider that could grow with it, a strategic partner that could rapidly engineer and deploy a highly available, redundant computing environment while minimizing cost, as well as maximizing return on investment. Flexibility, reliability and scalability were all required attributes that Logicalis’ current data center provider lacked. “We needed someone agile, but which could also scale in flexible increments that fit our business needs,” says Bob Mobach, Data Center Director at Logicalis. “IO’s modular data center technology delivered just that, and more.” In Logicalis’ consulting practice, it helps customers with cloud readiness assessments that include data center evaluation and design. The company knows what a state-of-the-art data center should look like. “IO’s ability to deliver high-density computing in a smaller footprint was a perfect fit for Logicalis. It’s how companies should do business in the data center world today,” adds Mobach.
Why IO
Logicalis chose IO for many reasons, IO was already a trusted partner that Logicalis had an existing relationship with at IO Phoenix for their colocation offering. “We could not build a data center of the same class, timeframe and reliability,” Mobach says. In addition to IO’s enterprise-class infrastructure and deep operational experience, Logicalis selected IO on the basis of its innovative modular technology and expandable data center platform to support business growth. “As our cloud business and customer base grows, it is hard to predict what the growth pattern will be. That’s why we decided not to be in the data center infrastructure business when it came to expanding our cloud computing solutions,” states Mobach. “With IO, we have a highly available, redundant computing environment for the cloud and no longer need to wait for the facility to expand to meet our needs.” High density and energy efficiency were critical factors for Logicalis. “Accommodating up to 18 cabinets in the module, 8.5 KW per cabinet, the power density of IO’s modular data center infrastructure is significant. It was an easy decision to move forward with IO’s densely packed, cloud- and blade-centric infrastructure,” explains Mobach.
Solution
Operating from IO Phoenix, Logicalis commissioned IO’s modular data center technology hat includes 100% of the critical infrastructure required for a high-density, always-on data center. From power delivery to cooling to network connectivity, everything is integrated to ensure high availability and business continuity in the cloud. IO’s modular data center infrastructure enables Logicalis to deploy large-scale, just-in-time data center solutions. And with integrated DCIM capabilities for data center monitoring, alarming, remote control, and management, Logicalis is able to maximize resiliency, efficiency and utilization.
Results
Logicalis initially set out to achieve the overall objectives of flexibility, reliability as well as scalability. “Not only was this achieved in a rapid manner, it was done so efficiently through IO’s modular data center technology that it will forever change the way in which we plan, deploy and manage our data centers,” says Mobach. “It is strong validation for IO’s fast-emerging modular data center model that Logicalis – a global IT provider with a world-class data center practice – selected IO to power its growing cloud computing business,” said George Slessman, CEO for IO. “IT innovators like Logicalis are demonstrating a clear market vision where just-in-time, scalable and software-optimized data center solutions are displacing legacy real estate-based data centers that cannot keep up with the rapid pace of business.” “IO is rewriting the book in fast IT infrastructure deployment. From the day we signed our contract to when our modular data center was ready took less than one month,” states Mobach. “IO provides us with an enterprise-class data center solution to help us meet customer demand today and also allows us to expand quickly to support business growth tomorrow.”