Panduit’s Integrated Data Centre Solution Enables Calzedonia SpA to improve uptime and systems reliability allowing it to execute its expansion plans for improved scalability, flexibility and sustainability
Calzedonia SpA designs and manufactures a wide collection of hosiery, lingerie and beachwear for women, men, and children. The company expanded with the creation of the Intimissimi and Tezenis brands. By 2014, Calzedonia Group had expanded to 3200 stores in 29 countries, with more than 32000 employees.
The fast-moving nature of the fashion industry and the company’s rapid growth meant that business operations had outgrown the capabilities of its main data centre. Its expanding business was driving operational and process requirements whilst systems inefficiencies were increasing infrastructure vulnerabilities. All retail businesses depend upon the integrity, security, and consistent operations of their network infrastructure to manage and replenish inventory, take customer orders, deliver products to its stores and customers efficiently and process financial transactions. The high operational costs, system reliability and lack of space around the IT systems were having a significant impact on its growth plans.
The challenges for the data centre management were to improve uptime and system reliability, implement more effective thermal management and improve space utilisation. With these enhancements the business would achieve the consistently high network performance required to meet market needs and e-commerce demands. Using the latest technologies would also provide cost reductions and improve services while enabling business innovation and maintaining its competitiveness.
The company chose to construct a new redundant data centre at its headquarters. This approach would provide the ground-up design, infrastructure flexibility and capacity to meet its data centre requirements now and in the future. This would further enhance communication to its customers, delivering larger amounts of data quickly and consistently. It would also allow it to maintain a competitive edge by integrating sustainability throughout the infrastructure while providing migration and future-ready capabilities to keep the company at the forefront of technological advancements required in today’s fashion market.