Element Six – named after carbon, the sixth element in the periodic table – employs nearly 2,000 people in locations around the world. Part of the De Beers group, Element Six has a mission to “deliver extreme performance through the development of cutting-edge synthetic diamond and tungsten carbide solutions.”
The business’s IT environment reflects its demanding mission.
Some of Element Six’s sites are situated in remote locations with poor internet connectivity. Its engineering applications are particularly resource-hungry, performing complex calculations on large volume of data and, as Service Delivery Manager Frank Cosgrove explains, “We operate in a very specialised field, so a lot of our software and hardware is bespoke. Our core infrastructure is in our European datacenters but we have a global footprint so we need to deliver high-speed, high-availability access to facilities around the world.”
Element Six employees collaborate with colleagues around the world. Many are mobile and the business wanted to support more modern, flexible ways of working.
“We wanted to improve performance and user experience for all scenarios, without compromising security,” says Cosgrove.