Soha Housing:
Soha Housing gains operational efficiencies thanks to
new virtualised IT platform from Mobius Business
Technologies Limited.


Soha Housing is a successful, award-winning,
community-based housing provider working in and
around South Oxfordshire since 1997. Soha is a social
landlord and a not-for-profit business which provides
homes for affordable social rent, including shared
ownership. Any surplus Soha makes is reinvested to
develop new homes and look after their
neighbourhoods.


Soha’s 6,300 properties extend from Royal Wootton
Basset in the west to Marlow in the east, and from
Banbury in the north to the river Thames in the south.
Soha has been increasing its investment in IT over the
last 19 years to meet the requests of an increasingly
demanding business. With the steady expansion of its
social housing, shared ownership, sheltered housing,
Extra Care facilities and student accommodation, this
investment has supported a growing number of industry
standard housing software applications and utility
programs.


As its hardware and software requirements became
more complex and IT even more business critical, Soha
decided the time was right to find a reliable and
reputable IT services provider who could help it with
ongoing upgrade and project work.


Commenting on his decision to work with Mobius
Business Technologies Limited (Mobius), Simon
Williams, Soha’s Infrastructure Manager, said: “Having
thoroughly researched potential providers, we were
really impressed with Mobius’s depth of knowledge,
experience and professionalism. We felt they were the
best match to meet both our current and future
requirements.”


CASE STUDY
www.soha.co.uk
Company profile
Leading housing provider
Successfully building strong
and sustainable communities
Passionate about housing and
working with residents to
provide the very best
customer service


Why Mobius Business
Technologies Limited?
Virtualisation and Cloud
computing specialist
Value added customer
service
Knowledgeable staff


Benefits
A robust and resilient IT
infrastructure
Future proofed scalability
Operational efficiencies
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Legacy Servers & Mission Critical Applications
Soha’s original IT infrastructure consisted of a range of
individual HP and Sun legacy servers, totalling around
20, with each managing different areas of the
company’s network and system processes. Although
these had been performing very well for many years,
the company began to notice gradual wear and tear in a
number of its machines; they would need replacing if
they were to maintain the high levels of service
reliability that their users had become accustomed to.
Following consultation with Mobius, it was suggested to
Soha that they could cost effectively enhance the
overall efficiency and management of their IT
infrastructure by consolidating their existing server
units into a virtualised environment.


“We were really
impressed with
Mobius’s depth of
knowledge,
experience and
professionalism”
Simon Williams
Infrastructure Manager


Soha Housing
“Due to the important nature of our housing systems, we needed a provider that could move
our entire IT infrastructure from one built on an older, mixed, Windows and Solaris based


architecture, to a more resilient, robust and highly scalable one. We also needed the installation to be smooth and not adversely affect our business or residents. Mobius’s recommendation to move to a virtualised platform met our needs perfectly.”

Benefits of a Virtualised IT Environment
Mobius project managed and executed the transition
to a virtualised environment. Following this Soha was
soon benefitting from three new HP servers running
VMware, a pair of new HP switches, a new HP Storage
Area Network (SAN) repository, and Veeam Backup
and Replication on their Production site, backing up to
a single new, larger capacity, DR server, at another
Soha site a few miles from it’s HQ.


With the three new VMware servers now each capable
of managing all the original legacy server units, Soha
has gained a more resilient and robust IT
infrastructure. This combined with the faster Veeam
backups, and offsite replication, has given them full
business continuity, with significantly improved restore
times.


Value Added Service
Since it first began working with Mobius in 2014, Soha
has continued to be impressed with the company’s
account management, knowledgeable and hands on
approach, continuous development, and ongoing
support.


Williams also commented, “The Mobius team are
really helpful and always on hand to provide support
whenever we have needed it. Their value added
approach has also been hugely beneficial. They’ve
offered advice on aspects we may not have considered
before, and suggested different approaches to solving
a particular issue - based on sound technical
knowledge and a deep understanding of our IT
strategy.”


Thanks to the virtualisation of its IT infrastructure,
Soha stands to make significant savings through
reduced hardware support costs, lower maintenance
bills and less power usage. In addition, the benefits of
having a leaner and easier to manage IT infrastructure
will help the company going forward.


“The virtualisation and upgrade work has helped us to
enhance system efficiencies considerably, and we are
already benefitting from a more integrated approach
to IT throughout the business that will help us
significantly in the future.”


“The Mobius team
are really helpful
and always on hand
to provide support
whenever we have
needed it”
Simon Williams
Infrastructure Manager Soha Housing



Contact
Mobius Business Technologies Ltd.
Web: www.mobius.co.uk
Email: enquiries@mobius.co.uk
Tel: 0118 357 3500
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