The Brandon Centre

Case Study

PRODUCT OVERVIEW

THE CHALLENGE

The Brandon Centre were struggling as their Server 2008 & Windows 7 Operating System’s were soon to be end of life and their server was running without a manufacturer warranty, which had expired 2010. In addition to this they also had low server storage space, no remote access to files and no firewall, meaning the company had many security and compatibility and issues.

The Brandon Centre were keen to upgrade their current server and with that migrate to the cloud, in order to allow easy access and management of all their files and to optimise their data storage and remote working setup.

PROJECT SCOPE

Premier proposed a Hybrid-Cloud environment, with secure site-to-site VPN, this allows office users to directly connect to, access security policies and files via the physical network server. This works seamlessly across both office and satellite connections. This can also be integrated with cloud services provided by Microsoft Office 365.

  • Premier proposed a Hybrid-Cloud environment, with secure site-to-site VPN, this allows office users to directly connect to, access security policies and files via the physical network server.
  • 2x new DELL PowerEdge Servers were recommended, running Windows Server 2019 at their main office and at their sub-site.

  • Premier additionally advised migration of all their files and folders to the cloud, including OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online.

  • Within the cloud migration and SharePoint solution, automated backups were recommended using Datto cloud to cloud backup, this allowed for unlimited data retention for both email and SharePoint data.

  • All Windows 7 desktops were to be replaced with the latest specification Windows 10 desktops, with Intel Core i5 Processors, 8GBb RAM, Solid State Hard Drives and Office 2019.

THE WORK

MIGRATION

The migration and implementation of the 2x new PowerEdge servers, desktop PC’s and SharePoint migration took place over a pre-specified weekend by our dedicated project manager and his team. This was done out of business hours.

SUPPORT

Following the migration our team members were on-site at The Brandon Centre to provide them with user training and answer any questions or queries. Also, we provided them with our support desk to provide fast, pro-active responses.

DISPOSAL

Once the 4-week project was complete, we disposed of all their old equipment by recycling it under WEEE standards and data destruction certified.

THE RESULTS

The migration over to Office 365 SharePoint and OneDrive not only improved their security and user access policies, but also enabled more flexible working and staff members can now access their files when ‘on the go’. This optimised their business continuity and efficiency.

The New Server Hardware which was implemented gave The Brandon Centre the latest Microsoft operating system with improvements in security, network performance and efficiency.

The installation of a Sophos UTM Firewall meant that The Brandon Centre gained zero-day threat protection and bit-level malware & virus filtering.

New Desktop Hardware meant that their user functionality was faster and improved significantly, along with this they gained Microsoft software and security patch ongoing support to assist them.

The Brandon Centre also had the added peace of mind as our service desk was on-hand with fast responses and fixed issues in the event of any problems with their devices or IT infrastructure.

TESTIMONIAL

“It has been really great working with Qlic over this last year. I joined Brandon Centre as CEO in June 2019. There were significant IT and Information risks to manage and upgrade requirements with limited finances.  Throughout this period Qlic have been extremely helpful and professional in their approach to advising and supporting us to implement the most suitable and cost-efficient systems and equipment for our needs.”
Julia Brown
The Brandon Centre