Interxion Keeping Leaseplan Motoring

Case study

LeasePlan Infrastructure Services (LPIS) houses production, development and test systems for close to 30 countries at Interxion’s site in Dublin, in what is believed to be one of the largest IBM iSeries installations in Europe, together with a class-leading virtualized Intel/ Windows infrastructure.

The Challenge

LeasePlan Infrastructure Services (LPIS) was formed in 2002 to provide centralised IT systems and services for LeasePlan Corporation, reducing costs and building a single delivery platform to help the group follow through on its globalisation plans. “We host LeasePlan’s core IT infrastructure, so if you’re leasing a car, completing a deal, invoicing and so on, it’s done through systems and applications that are hosted and managed by us,” explained Ashok Davé, Head of Operations at LPIS. The new business required a state-of the-art, highly available and scalable data centre that met stringent physical and data security criteria.

We renewed our contract with Interxion as a direct result of the service and experience they delivered to us over the first five years of the relationship

Solution

Rather than build and operate its own data centre, LPIS colocated with Interxion Ireland. The initial agreement was made in 2002, and it was recently renewed and extended. “We renewed our contract with Interxion as a direct result of the service and experience they delivered to us over the first five years of the relationship. Not only can they provide the footprint we need for our infrastructure, they can also facilitate offices for our full-time team who manage the data centre environment.

We have guaranteed state-of-the-art technology, technical support and industry experience.”The highest levels of security are vital to LPIS: As a leasing organisation, LeasePlan Corporation has a banking license and as such, regulatory compliance, as well as the standards of governance and security around that, are very high. We are audited every year, so the physical and operational security is clearly very important for us.

The security measures taken at the site mean we are never at risk. We can always rely on Interxion – they have helped us make business-critical changes and continue to deliver a very professional service and support, ensuring the smooth running of our systems. The building and computing environment have always exceeded the standards we expect, so extending our contract for another five years was a sound and cost-effective business decision.

About LeasePlan

LeasePlan Corporation is one of the leading fleet management companies in the world. Historically, the IT infrastructure that supported its European business resided in each individual country. In 2002 it was decided to centralise the infrastructure in Dublin. LPIS was formed to undertake the consolidation programme and manage the centralised IT systems and services. LeasePlan Infrastructure Services (LPIS), based in Leopardstown, Dublin, employs almost 100 people and provides ICT support and services for LeasePlan Corporation’s operating units in 30 countries around the world. www.leaseplan.com