Grimshaw choose Datanet to host HP Zmini

Grimshaw, world renowned architects, choose Datanet at ARK for the home of their new cloud workstation project, providing desktop compute for their architects using HP Zmini, delivered from our new data centre

Grimshaw and the HP Zmini story

HP Zmini

HP Zmini workstation hosted by Datanet for Grimshaw

Before the pandemic, yet spurred on by the pandemic, Danny Gillmore, Director of Information Technology, at Grimshaw embarked on a project to provide several hundred Grimshaw architects with powerful workstations hosted in the cloud. These workstations would take the form of the new HP Zmini workstation hosted by Datanet in our new ARK data centre. Come forward some three years and Danny’s vision has become a reality.

Danny says: “we chose Datanet because we have worked with them before and we have always found them very helpful and accommodating. Their ethos aligns with Grimshaw and we love their new data centre, the big racks and abundant choice of bandwidth providers lends itself to the HP Zmini deployment”….

Danny Gillmore, Director of Information Technology, Grimshaw Architects

What will the new HP Zmini in the cloud solution look like?

Grimshaw Rack Layout

Grimshaw Rack Layout, courtesy Seamus Conway, IT Manager

Grimshaw is taking 5 racks and deploying some 200 HP Zmini across the racks together with switches and firewalls. Seamus Conway, IT Manager, provided Datanet with the network layout diagram you see on the right. Seamus has opted for a structured cabling solution with Aruba switches and a pair of HA Firewalls, all based on dual resilient 10Gb connectivity out to the Internet.

Seamus Conway, IT Manager, Grimshaw Architects

HP Zmini preparation

Zawaad imaging the minis

Zawaad Hawa preparing the HP Zmini

Zawaad spent a week at Datanet preparing and imaging the HP Zmini in advance of the deployment to the Datanet racks at ARK. Datanet has been very accommodating and helped me get these 200 Zminis prepared and ready for deployment. I am sure Datanet will be very helpful to me in looking after the Minis for the long term.

Zawaad Hawa, IT Administrator, Grimshaw Architects

Do you get asked:
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• Can I host my own cloud solution?
• Who can help me build the solution in a secure data centre?

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