02 Mar Virtualising a manufacturer’s IT infrastructure and improving resilience
This Ashford, Kent-based manufacturer with a global sales, service and support network had a Microsoft Small Business Server. It had served them well, but with the platform about to become unsupported by Microsoft, the management team was nervous. ADM were asked to explain their options for moving to a more current platform.
After talking to the Board and discussing various business, operational and technical issues, ADM recommended virtualising their existing physical infrastructure. As an added benefit, this approach reduced risk on a planned software upgrade, as a virtual infrastructure is far more fault-tolerant and easy to back up. The move also provided more capacity to meet the client’s increasing demands on its IT.
ADM migrated the existing physical infrastructure to 2 Dell Servers and SAN to provide a more resilient, fault tolerant platform, so that in the event of losing multiple components in the back end infrastructure, the system would continue to run.
ADM have also installed both internal and perimeter security measures to protect the company’s data from internet-based threats, and assisted with software that helps internal data governance and security. All of this was delivered alongside a comprehensive support agreement, underpinned by finance from one of ADM’s leasing partners.
Chris Crook, the IT manager said “ADM’s approach was to understand our strategic business and operational needs, and present a solution that not only dealt with our immediate concerns but also ensured future capacity and security. The combination of technical expertise and business understanding was very reassuring.”