Rushcliffe is positioned immediately south of the City of Nottingham- in which it holds borough status- and the River Trent and extends across towards Newark in the northeast and Loughborough in the southwest. It covers roughly 157 square miles (around 400 sq km) with a Borough circumference of 123.3km. With a population of 111,100, the borough owns a strong identity, laying claim as the home of iconic features in the world of sport - the Trent Bridge Cricket Ground and the City Ground, home of Nottingham Forest Football Club.
The council, Rushcliffe Borough Council, was formed on 1 April 1974. It remains based in West Bridgford, a leafy suburb, at the Rushcliffe Arena. 


As the council looked to refresh their IT estate, they decided on migrating to a single IT infrastructure provider. Thus, they required assistance to securely migrate their primary and secondary servers away from NetApp and Dell EMC to a sole technology vendor.
They subsequently released a tender to acquire a partner capable of meeting their specific requirements: To design, ship all the equipment out, train the internal staff, and ensure full project migration completion before October 1st, 2020.


Centerprise met all criteria, including providing 1-1 staff training sessions, utilising the HPE Nimble dHCI platform. Centerprise had an existing relationship with the council, which proved beneficial as communication lines and ease of familiarity were present. Additionally, a reference from a different governing body- a satisfied HPE Nimble customer who operates similarly to Rushcliffe- was significant to our successful bid. Ci offered reassurances of single support contact for the council, a hands-on approach, and prompt responses to any requirements and queries that arise.
HPE Nimble dHCI infrastructure is a disaggregated compute and storage solution that combines the flexibility and the simplicity of HCI to promote fast app performance, always-on data resilience, and resource efficiency to deliver supreme simplicity for digital environments:

  • Easily Managed
    In the vCenter console, you have VM-centric data services and resource management that doesn’t require any separate appliances or element managers.
  • Easily Supported
    With HPE InfoSight, you have full-stack predictive analytics and support automation working for you that predicts and prevents issues – and auto routes any complex issue directly to L3 Nimble Storage support.
  • Easily Scaled
    New storage and servers get added to the cluster for scale-out, non-disruptively and transparently to applications.

HPE added value by up-cycling Rushcliffe Council’s old IT estate and provided monetary value on the existing NetApp arrays- this focus on sustainability was crucial to the council.

Moving Forward
Building on a successful deployment in which we planned, produced and executed in collaboration with the council at all stages to ensure all needs were met within the tight deadline, our partnership with Rushcliffe strengthened. Centerprise is now recognised as an extension of their IT team, owing to the familial atmosphere we strive to create with our services.
Centerprise remains trusted to deliver future IT solutions, staff training, and estate migrations.