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Forever New taps Melbourne’s Perfekt for Nutanix infrastructure uplift

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Melbourne-headquartered IT services firm Perfekt has delivered a Nutanix infrastructure modernisation for Australian fashion brand Forever New.

Established in Melbourne, Forever New is a women’s fashion retailer with over 400 retail and concession stores in 26 markets worldwide.

The retailer was looking to replace its Dell infrastructure, which was running on Microsoft’s Hyper-V, to lay the foundations for its hybrid multi-cloud strategy and enhance customer experience.

Prefekt migrated Forever New to Nutanix AHV, which helped speed up infrastructure and enterprise applications.

Forever New had initially implemented Nutanix’s hyper-converged infrastructure in 2016, which collapsed the previous three-tier array of separate server, storage and networking technology in its data centre.

“Since completing the migration, middleware errors have gone and our warehouse management system is more accurately providing shop staff and customers real-time inventory data,” Ben Tobgui, group head of infrastructure at Forever New said.

“Performance of the underlying infrastructure has immensely improved. Our offshore teams and stores, who access the information they need through Citrix, have felt it too. Logins which used to take minutes now connect in seconds.”

Forever New said performance improvements also extended to online application programming interfaces (APIs), payroll systems, enterprise resource planning (ERP) and product lifecycle management.

The company has also seen major improvements in backup performance, with eight-hour ERP backups now completed in under one-hour, and data warehouse backups that took 12 hours are down to two hours.  

“Nutanix simplifies managing this environment through a single pane of glass, giving us the flexibility to move workloads across clouds as new assets enter the business or as needs change – this aligns perfectly with our hybrid multi cloud strategy,” Tobgui said.

“Not only are we now getting the most out of cloud, but we have also cut power consumption by slashing our former stack of 16 nodes down to just 10, so that’s around a 40 per cent reduction,” said Teckchandani.

“Our infrastructure is on autopilot. It’s working, and I’m not living in it day-to-day – only when we need to add resources or run other maintenance.”

“You don’t need a training course to learn how to use an iPhone, and Nutanix is the same. It’s intuitive, self-explanatory and the support is great.”

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