About ED&F Man

  • Founded in 1783, ED&F Man is an agricultural commodities merchant.
  • More than 7,000 employees in 70 countries.
  • Annual revenue of $10bn.
  • Sources, stores, ships and distributes products including coffee, sugar, molasses and pulses.

Case Study Overview

Traditional data centre infrastructure was no longer working for global agricultural commodities merchant ED&F Man, resulting in service interruptions, limited flexibility and poor IT performance.

Additionally, the constraints imposed by the existing infrastructure limited the availability of ED&F Man to respond to changing business needs at a time when mergers and acquisitions required rapid on-boarding of new organisations and associated services.

CDW, in partnership with Dell EMC and VMware helped the organisation design and implement a new solution using VxRail technology powered by VMware vSAN.

VxRail with SmartFabric Services supported by Dell EMC Networking switches is the first and only HCI appliance to deliver fully automated network awareness and configuration during set up, cluster expansion and day-to-day management.

Following the deployment at data centres in London, Miami and Singapore, ED&F Man is now benefitting from greater stability, improved performance and the flexibility to scale up and down according to business demands.

"I deal with people, not businesses, and I absolutely believe in the team at CDW. They provide a very personal service and take ownership of delivering a project. What's more, they consistently go above and beyond to ensure everything is in order."

Glyn Turner

Head of Global Technology Services

To read more about how CDW has helped helped ED&F Man eliminate its infrastructure challenges, download the case study. For any other enquiries contact CustomerReference@uk.cdw.com.