The Client

A financial services company specialising in mortgage business from a large house-building group. The business has 100 + employees, 90 + computers and six servers.

The Problem

With their recent growth. The business has become heavily dependent on the IT infrastructure. We will need to consider remote workers requiring a secure way to access the network. A robust platform for their proprietary software and a strong disaster recovery solution for business continuity.

Solution Proposed

After careful discussions with our client, we decided on a hybrid solution for performance and reliability. We moved their email to a Hosted / Cloud-based platform. We provided two Fujitsu servers with hardware redundancy to run their critical database software. This would provide a boost in performance and the level of redundancy required to keep the business running.

Email:
Moving email to a hosted / cloud data center will provide a fast reliable answer offering all the features of a local Microsoft Exchange server but with enterprise-level uptime. Groups of local staff and vendor staff are kept updated with changing events and lender criteria. Using exchange, shared calendars can be used to manage staff holidays, schedule appointments and ensure all members are kept up to speed with critical business communications. Shared contact groups have been set up to enable staff to easily find contact information of business associates.

Remote Users:
As the external sales staff grows the need for a reliable and capable broadband solution has become of great importance. We have moved to a fibre solution offering increased upload speeds to the local database. In addition, we have suggested that they keep the current ADSL connection and use this as a fail-over.

Future

MFirst is keen to keep pace with advances in technology and areas that can further improve its efficiency.