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As ‘Architect of an Open World’, Bull has implemented business-critical IT infrastructures for hundreds of the world’s largest organizations in Europe and the Americas.

Center for the Development of Enterprise chose Bull for its storage strategy

In order to guarantee optimum availability of applications while keeping costs under control, the CDE had ask Bull Advisory Services to carry out an evaluation of the IT infrastructure. The results of this enabled the potential technological improvements to be identified, to make it as efficient, available and scalable as possible.

Dassault Aviation: an innovative approach to software maintenance and support

In order to optimize software maintenance and support, and the impact these were having on costs, Dassault Aviation has selected Bull to implement an innovative service based on commitment to results, and a mechanism that enables both parties to share in the rewards.

A new infrastructure to help the Calvados Council face new challenges

The IT Department at CG14 defined a new masterplan for its information systems and has selected Bull to build an infrastructure and secure technical platform capable of supporting the levels of service demanded by professional users and also sufficiently scaleable to host future projects.

Allianz Africa won over by virtualization

A European leader in insurance and financial services, Allianz turned to Bull to implement a shared and virtualized infrastructure which would be perfectly aligned with its business needs and the local situation.
By enabling Allianz Africa to standardize its network and application infrastructure across all countries, virtualization meets the IT Department’s two key objectives of harmonization and simplifying system management.

AFD reaches all four corners of the world with Bull

The French Overseas Development Agency, the AFD, has selected to deploye a new, centralized, and more homegeneous IT infrastructure and messaging system in more than 50 countries across four continents.

Efficient Backup and Disaster Recovery for ACTIRIS in Belgium

ACTIRIS, a famous employment agency in the Brussels region has selected Bull to replace its existing Disaster Recovery and Backup system, with a more reliable, efficient and easy to manage system. Bull implemented a backup solution based on StoreWay Calypso, powered by CommVault, and supporting existing backup data. ACTIRIS appreciated Bull expertise and the quality of the partnership.

Erste Bank: Reducing cost and increasing service levels through virtualisation

Erste Bank needed to reduce costs and improve the manageability of its IT infrastructure through the consolidation of 300 Intel servers. There was also a requirement to improve Business Continuity. Bull first delivered a pilot system using VMware and EMC CLARiiON storage then managed the full deployment of the solution based on 500 virtual servers that ensure 99.99% availability of applications.

Data Protection of emails and critical SAP applications for Freudenberg IT

Freudenberg IT has selected Bull to protect diverse Windows environment from PC-based office files and email management to mission-critical SAP applications. The Bull solution protects 80 TB of data generated by 400 PCs and 200 Microsoft Windows servers running Exchange, SQL Server and SAP applications. The data protection solution is based on StoreWay Calypso, powered by CommVault Simpana.

Protecting the strategic data in France’s budgetary system

Led by AIFE (l’Agence pour l’informatique financière de l’État), the French State financial IT Agency, the ‘Chorus’ project is aiming to provide a single, common budgetary system for the State, based on SAP. In particular, Bull has been chosen to design, supply and implement the Chorus ultra high-availability infrastructure.

Non-stop e-commerce service delivery at Wehkamp

Wehkamp has long been the market leader in home shopping in the Netherlands. Having already replaced mailorder with telephone ordering as its principle sales channel, the company has enthusiastically embraced e-commerce. By totally modernizing its infrastructure with Bull, Wehkamp has succeeded in fundamentally tranforming its business.

Bull supports Radio France in its all-digital strategy

In an age when the dissemination of information is undergoing radical transformation, with Bull’s help Radio France is rethinking one of the core elements of its digital strategy: its communications infrastructure. As digital technology becomes more widespread, the way radio is used changes, and new demands are being placed on the business, updating the network is an integral part of a massive program, designed to deliver high levels of added value, at the core of Radio France’s business.

NSIA uses its infrastructure to support its strategy

Pioneering African bank-assurer NSIA turns to Bull to support its growth strategy. The need to constantly optimize its infrastructures means the group has opted for a virtualized infrastructure and put in place a comprehensive business continuity/disaster recovery plan. And it turned to Bull to deliver the totally integrated solution, consisting of three Bull NovaScale™ (R480 F2) servers, Microsoft Hyper V and EMC for storage.

CEGID, toward private Cloud with Bull

Bull has supported Cegid, the leading French business software publisher, in its evolution towards SaaS model providing all the consulting expertise and technical know-how.

Xerox chooses bullion to virtualize its critical business applications

In order to virtualize its mission-critical and core paperless processing and document management applications, Xerox GDO France (Xerox’s document management outsourcing business) has chosen bullion servers from Bull, which are delivering tangible results in terms of availability, agility and energy efficiency.

UNIVERSITY OF COVENTRY: Hybrid storage for the University of Coventry

Working alongside systems provider and partner, EMC, Bull has beaten off strong competition to win a major new contract to deliver a hybrid managed storage solution to Coventry University. Bull will be responsible for consultancy, design, implementation and on-going management of the system. The new approach will offer greater flexibility and a significant increase in capacity over the University’s existing solution, which is no longer scalable enough to support its strategic targets or need to meet stringent operational compliance and governance requirements.

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council goes virtual with Bull TCL

In 2006, Barnsley MBC and Bull formed a groundbreaking joint venture company, Bull TCL, to manage BMBC’s IT operations and proactively pitch for IT support contracts in the wider world. Bull TCL quickly delivered substantial efficiencies under the government Efficiency Agenda as well as helping to secure commercial ICT contracts worth several million in the first few months of trading. These early successes laid the foundation for improvements in both council services to Barnsley residents and further economic development in the town.

Mauser is migrating its databases to the Bull Escala servers

The Mauser group was able to record positive ROI from the very first year, as it migrated its HP-UX databases to a Bull Escala™ server equipped with a quad-core Power 7 processor.

e-merchant: objective100% availability for e-commerce

Part of the Fotovista group which is active in more than 26 countries, e-merchant provides a complete e-commerce platform for numerous brands including Pixmania, Bouygues Telecom, PC World and Dixons. The major Business requirement was to provide a 100% available e-commerce platform with Business Continuity provision. Moreover, the storage infrastructure needed to be able to handle peak capacity and performance loads, as well as to host new e-Business sites. Bull delivered an innovative solution based on NetApp FAS6000 storage using MetroCluster, with data replication between primary and backup data centers, more than 40 km distant. The Disaster Recovery solution guarantees real-time replication of critical data and 100% availability to date.

Bull Poland won the biggest maintenance deal for Ministry of Finance

Bull Poland will provide maintenance and support for over 200 Unix servers (Bull, SUN, Fujitsu), EMC storage and over 400 Intel-based servers (IBM, HP, Dell). Bull Poland will provide 500 hours of consulting services for their IT infrastructure. The customer will now have a single point of contact for all their mission-critical servers.

Business-focused infrastructure at Ricoh

To address the issue of securing its information system – with an ageing hardware environment – and deal with the explosion in the amount of data needing to be processed and stored, Ricoh Industrie France SAS awarded Bull a huge project to replace and significantly improve its infrastructures. Bull has helped Ricoh Industrie France SAS to define and implement a new architecture, including building a centralized storage platform, and replacing and migrating production servers to virtual environments combined with the use of automated replication functionality to a remote site. The architecture is based on two live sites, each using its own resources while providing disaster recovery for the other.

Bull supports every area of Carrefour’s business!

Europe’s number one retailer and the second largest in the world, with 15,661 stores, the Carrefour Group is constantly adapting its organization to ensure that it meets its strategic objectives. At the very heart of its business, IT support has become a key resource, guaranteeing the Group’s operational excellence. The smooth operation of checkouts and warehouses depends on the quality of this support, as well as on the effective management of the 400 or more applications that are currently in use. As well as these tools, service levels have been defined to align with quality improvement targets, whether they relate to the aborted call rate, incident resolution times, criteria for determining how vital an application is to the business, or escalation times.

An Optimized, consistent and scalable storage infrastructure

Due to diverse activities (nuclear energy, life sciences, material sciences, climate and environment study, technological research and education), the French Atomic Agency is facing growing storage requirements related to increased data processing and information management needs. In order to provide coherent and efficient storage solutions for its 10 centres and 20 partners, the CEA and Bull carried out a complete reassessment of its storage infrastructure establishing a consistent SAN/NAS architecture based on NetApp technology - easy to administer, scalable and supporting multiple protocols. The new infrastructure offers the CEA a nationwide perspective and improved cost control. Bull's expertise in heterogeneous system management, the contribution of the Bull StoreWay Excellence Center and the strong partnership with NetApp have enabled the successful migration to new technologies, the integration of Microsoft Exchange and VMware, the implementation of both Backup & Data Recovery

Languedoc Roussillon Regional Council calls on Bull to modernize its information system

The Languedoc Roussillon Regional Council is relying on an ambitious IT masterplan to build a reliable information system that delivers significant added value. The system will not only have to meet business needs, but also reflect the global action strategy set out in the ‘Regional Pact.Whether they are designed to support the local population directly or to contribute to the development of innovative business practices within the regional authority, the projects that Bull is carrying out will all contribute significantly to meeting the Region’s objectives: Bull has designed, developed and is responsible for the continued evolution of ‘@gile’, a portal that provides a single interface between high-schools and the Regional Council. Bull was responsible for leading and delivering the SIGEP project: a Business Intelligence system designed to evaluate public services actions and to respond to the needs expressed by the various functions within the Council.

Optimized legal archiving of emails for datacair, services company

Datacair is a services company active in the fields of software development and networking for airline and transportation service providers, specialised in cargo freight. In addition, datacair also provides third-party back-office outsourcing solutions, offering a cutting-edge IT platform with a server farm based on Bull Blade Servers. datacair needed to have its email storage system compliant with the US legal requirements. Bull delivered a complete solution including Bull Blade Servers, NetApp Storage, Bull Calypso archive & backup, complemented with professional services, project management and managed services. As well as the legal compliance, return on investment is assured through operational efficiency, reduced risk, lower long-term costs, high performance data protection, data availability and simplified data management.

A modernized storage infrastructure to support Zain Gabon’s growth

With its dynamic expansion strategy, Zain is today the leading Telco operator in the Middle East and Africa, covering 22 countries including Gabon with 830,000 subscribers. To support its growth and continue to offer innovative services to its customers, Zain Gabon wanted to rationalize its IT infrastructures with a global storage solution that would guarantee protection, consolidation, backup and archiving of its business data. The chosen infrastructure is built on EMC hardware and software solutions with a SAN-hosted CLARiiON storage array. Secure access management, regular backup and data replication guarantee maximum availability of information. With its local presence and expertise, Bull implemented the entire project from design to deployment, with the support of experts from EMC. Deployed in less than six months, the new infrastructure has immediately resulted in reduced maintenance costs and improved response times.

100% data availability for Mn Services, a leading Dutch insurance company

With 920 employees, Mn Services is an independent organisation, administering insurance and pensions of more than one million people in the Netherlands, managing € 62 billion of institutional assets in 2009. Facing an increasing number of clients, Mn Services requires a highly available IT platform able to run its production systems and to handle workload peaks, as well as to respond to storage capacity growth and performance requirements. Taking advantage of existing platforms currently dedicated to development, test and pre-production, Bull has put in place a Disaster Recovery solution with a backup site 99km distant from the production site. The solution is built on NetApp storage and replication technologies. Mn Services benefits from an HA Cluster with real time data replication and fail over, optimized storage capacity with deduplication and thin provisioning, in addition to the required 100% availability of its production environment.


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