Background

  • Marketing company primarily uses Apple Mac computers for design work
  • Business had recently moved to Microsoft Office 365 for email
  • Was using old Apple Mac Servers with direct attached storage from third-party vendor
  • 50 Staff at three office locations (Edinburgh, Glasgow and London)

Issues

  • Ageing Apple Mac Servers becoming increasingly unreliable
  • Direct Attached Storage hardware no longer supported, and vendor had gone into administration
  • Existing setup was over complex for size of the business
  • Business required more data storage
  • Management of company data and backup was becoming complicated and delayed process
  • Introduction of Windows desktops  into the company needed additional administration
  • Administration of users, groups and file permissions required daily intervention from IT support company

Solution

  • Moved to Windows Server environment to support both Apple Mac and Windows Desktops using Active Directory
  • Automated complex file permissions using PowerShell and Microsoft Active Directory
  • Virtualised server environment allows Apple users to access Windows Desktops
  • Combined cost-effective Network Attached Storage (NAS) with Windows Servers to provide flexible storage platform for the business
  • Overhauled backup and recovery process to allow rapid restoration of files

Benefits

  • Company leverage the benefits of Apple Mac computers while using Microsoft Windows Server for backend operations
  • Moved away from expensive and limited storage solutions for Apple Server
  • Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery was significantly improved
  • Allowed the users to use both Windows and Apple Applications
  • Network and user security enhanced by bringing Active Directory into the business
  • Reduction in operating and support costs