THOMAS PINK CASE STUDY

Established in 1984, Thomas Pink is a specialist shirt retailer and manufacturer – part of the LVMH Group it has grown to become one of the UK’s most recognised fashion brands. The Thomas Pink team wanted to centralise it’s legacy IT infrastructure, moving it from it’s then head office at Battersea to a colocation environment in a central London data centre location.

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Cost effective expansion supporting store growth targets

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De-risked office moves, reducing the loss of trading hours

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Guaranteed performance supporting critical customer payments

The requirement

There were a number of reasons for the move, with Thomas Pink keen to:

  • Put an end to the network instabilities and outages caused by the environmental issues surrounding the Battersea area i.e. a high degree of invasive and disruptive building work
  • Deliver a higher standard of network performance and resilience to better support its UK and international stores, especially in critical areas such as payments
  • Use the inherent scalability of colocation to allow for a more agile, more cost-effective expansion in line with its store growth targets.
  • De-risk and expedite a likely future office move, minimising loss of trading hours
  • Work on a phased programme, with the initial lift and shift to be followed by a programme of system modernisation and optimisation
  • Build a long-term supplier partnership based on collaborative consulting, a broad service portfolio and strong personal.

“I think the biggest compliment I can pay to Redcentric was that the move across to a colocated set up was really no big deal. The stakes were high – we had forty odd stores that needed to open on Saturday morning – but come close of business on the Friday, everyone was so well drilled, so diligent, so professional, that we were ready to go just over 12 hours later.”

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