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Services for Global 500 Public & Private Organizations"
CNC's again partners with SAIC to provide strategic technological
leadership to Pfizer!
(January 11, 2007) Norm Hebert, CNC's Lead
Virtualization Architect, announced today that he has completed his
second (ten month) engagement at Pfizer, Inc,
under a subcontract to SAIC. One of
Mr. Hebert's primary responsibilities was the preparation and delivery of a
comprehensive "gap analysis" assessment of Pfizer's entire existing ESX
2.5.x virtual infrastructure for Pfizer's CIT (Corporate Information
Technology) division. In this deliverable, Mr. Hebert made many
recommendations for the improvement of existing Virtual Infrastructure
operations as well as many proposals for design enhancements for the
upcoming (VI-3 based) 'Next Generation Architecture". Mr. Hebert also
served as the "VMware Capacity Manager" for the BTE-SI (Business Technology
Engineering- Shared Infrastructure) project and also fulfilled the role of
"BTE-SME (Subject Matter Expert)" for the AtS-ViP (Adapt-to-Scale
Virtualization-in-Place) effort. CNC much appreciated the opportunity
to partner with both SAIC and Pfizer for the second time and looks forward
to many more such engagements in the upcoming years.
CNC delivers in short order for Advance Auto Parts!
Norm Hebert boots a
node of the HP DL585 based ESX farm designed & delivered to Advance
(February 27, 2006) CNC announced today that it has completed an
intensive and compressed 10 week, virtual architecture design,
implementation and migration project for
Advance Auto Parts
of Roanoke VA. AAP is the second largest auto parts distributor in
North America and is rated #477 on the 2006 edition of the Fortune 500
survey. The project included a quick assessment of the existing
AAP virtual infrastructure, a total redesign using upgraded/redundant
components together with a new, dual-tier SAN architecture (utilizing an
IBM ESS 800 w/ FC arrays for Tier 1 and IBM DS4300 w/ SATA arrays for
Tier 2 storage). A "shell game" based "rolling upgrade" was then performed,
migrating "one ESX server's worth" of production level VM's out of the
old environment and into the new, such that the old server hardware
could then be reused into the new environment, thus requiring that only
one new "seed server" needed to be procured (for use as the "anchor
server" of the new environment).
CNC's Lead Architect completes 6 month consulting engagement with the
world's largest chemical company!
(August 31, 2005) Norm Hebert, CNC's Lead
Virtualization Architect, today completed a six month assignment (on behalf
Global Services) having been detailed to the Dow Chemical Company of
Midland Michigan. The Dow Chemical effort was an Enterprise Transformation
project for the world's largest chemical company with a scope of over 3,150
Intel servers worldwide. Mr. Hebert's duties included: design of the new
Reference Architecture for all virtualization services, TCO/ROI analysis for
the new Target Architecture, design and deployment of a multi-server
virtualized Application Hosting platform, together with an application
profiling and rationalization effort to strategize migration of existing
applications into the new environment. Mr. Hebert very much enjoyed working
with all the good people on the Dow Chemical account and wishes the entire
team much "Happy Virtualizing" ahead.
CNC completes Intel/x86 "Phase I" Server Consolidation Assessment
for VNU/AC Nielsen!
(March 7, 2005) CNC
is pleased to announce that once again it has teamed with IBM
Global Services and delivered a "Phase I" Worldwide IT Optimization/Server
Consolidation Assessment for VNU/AC Nielsen
of Schaumburg IL. CNC, as
subcontractor to IGS, was responsible for accessing the
consolidation/virtualization opportunities for all 1,400 of AC Nielsen's
Intel/x86 servers deployed across 66 disparate locations (700 in North
America and 700 in their EU/AP regions). CNC also delivered a High Level
Design (HLD) for the proposed "optimized virtual infrastructure". CNC very
much enjoyed working with all the good folks at IBM/ITS and VNU/AC Nielsen
and feels that it gained valuable international insight and expertise
working through the legal and regulatory implications of
migrating/consolidating servers across European Union borders.
(update: May 25, 2005) CNC has been informed this day that, based
upon it's proposed HLD, IBM Global Services has been awarded the contract to
undertake the Detail Design for VNU/AC Nielsen's
virtualization/consolidation efforts. Best of Luck to IBM and VNU/AC
CNC partners with SAIC and delivers four highly scalable Virtual
Center Farm Complex designs to Pfizer!
(December 20, 2004) The management of CNC this day reports that, in
cooperation with Science Applications International Corp. (www.Saic.com), it has
completed a four month project and successfully delivered four highly
scalable VMware Virtual Center Farm Complex designs to Pfizer Corporation (www.Pfizer.com).
Each of these Farm Complexes host eight Virtual Center farms which in are
comprised of eight ESX servers each and are based upon Hewlett-Packard
p-Class Blade Chassis populated with BL45p (quad-processor Opteron) Blades.
These 32 Blade, 128 CPU, VMotion enabled complexes were then "home runned"
directly into EMC Clariion-700 Storage Subsystems and, unified together as
designed by CNC, they delivered a "1,024 VM, scalable unit of virtual
infrastructure" which can be purchased in quantity and standardized across
the Pfizer Enterprise. As a bonus, with just slight LUN masking
modifications, each blade in the complex can alternately be configured to
run any "traditional" x86 OS, including the new 64-bit versions of Windows
Server 2003, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 and Sun Solaris 10. Flexible,
scalable and adaptive. HP, Pfizer and CNC!
Norm Hebert chosen by IBM Global Services!
Norm Hebert enjoys a
moment of rest on the World famous ING bench
(August 23, 2004) IBM Global Services (IBM
Global) announced today that it has recruited Norm Hebert, CNC's
Chief Windows Virtualization Architect, to assist them in a
migration/virtualization effort on behalf of the International
Netherlands Group (ING). The
project involves the migration and virtualization of several dozen MS
Windows servers out of ING's El Segundo and Torrance California business
offices and into the IBM-West Data Center in Boulder Colorado. Mr.
Hebert looks forward to a long and successful relationship with both IBM
CNC awarded GSA Multiple Award Schedule to supply IT Services to
the US Government!
9, 2004) The US General Services Administration announced this day
that it has awarded CNC with a five year contract which will enable CNC
to supply IT Services to hundreds of US Governmental agencies worldwide.
The granting of this GSA Schedule was the result of an intensive 18
month effort by the management of CNC, after having supplied
training and consulting services to a number of Federal Agencies over
the past few years (Past
Government Customers). CNC looks forward to expanding our portfolio
of satisfied Government customers in the years ahead and wishes to thank
the helpful staff of the GSA for all their efforts to bring us
GSA Federal Supply Schedule Contract # GS-35F-0648P
Terms: Net 30
Delivery: FOB Destination (CONUS)
of Contractor: Small Business
Special Item Number: 132-51 (Information Technology Professional