How do you keep your network and data centre running smoothly with a legacy of piecemeal investment and an expanding business?

Meet the client

Our client is one of the world’s best known luxury fashion brands with hundreds of retail locations across the globe – from flagship stores to department store concessions.

When we began our relationship in 2010, the client was tackling a legacy of under investment in IT and working to solve the challenge of how to provide all its stores with a consistent and reliable network.

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Timeline of our relationship

2010

Our first job was to provide a cost effective hardware break fix service – we won this contract from BT.

2011 – 2012

We continued to provide competitively priced hardware on an ad hoc basis, impressing the client with our professionalism and service as we did so.

2013

We won the contract to design and supply the routing, switching, wireless network and telephony for the client’s new flagship store in Central London. And we became consultant partners with our client.

2015

Working as full strategic partners with the client, we’ve designed and implemented a new Data Centre to support the company’s growth.

This is a converged architecture VSPEX solution.

The project had the added challenge that the location of the data centre changed half way through the project. We were able to absorb this change seamlessly into our project delivery.

Coming soon

We’re designing, implementing and supporting the network and telephony for the client's new watch and fine jewellery boutique.

The Ideal experience

We provide our client with a genuinely responsive and flexible service. At the kick-off meeting for the new flagship project our client mentioned that there were problems with Meraki wireless network at another of its concession stores in central London. Our account manager and engineer visited the store after the meeting, did an on-the-spot audit and were able to provide recommendations that sorted the issues right there and then.

The technical spec in a nutshell

Data Centre solution

VSPEX Package – bundled solution involving 4 component parts:

  • DC Switch – Cisco Nexus.
  • UCS – Unified Computing System – unites compute, network, storage access and virtualisation into a cohesive system to reduce TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) and increase business agility. When used in conjunction with Cisco UCS manager it can provide: firmware management, diagnostics, quality of service, monitoring, auditing and statistics collection.
  • EMC SAN (Storage area network).
  • VMWare – condenses multiple applications onto virtual servers.


Single management interface allowing multiple UCS chassis to be built behind the primary.

Simple deployment of new servers.

 

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Mike Cowburn

Written by Mike Cowburn

Account Director

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