PFH delivered a virtual solution to Colorman that utilises the latest in Windows and cloud technologies to provide an efficient and reliable platform for the business to grow as their business needs grow. The solution implemented enhances security and will reduce IT spend.
Colorman needed to upgrade their environment which was based on a Microsoft SBS 2008 with 46 users on the network, 29 of those users were using Windows XP desktops or laptops. PFH were asked to design a solution for the setup, migration (P2V), implantation and on-going support services for the environment.
PFH proposed a virtual solution on Microsoft Hyper V Server Platform incorporating a SAN and Network upgrade from SBS to full versions of Windows Server 2012, Exchange 2013 and Active Directory. This new platform was used to deliver desktop and application services to local and remote users on any device, anywhere with an internet connection. This solution is based on combining the latest technologies to provide an integrated solution that utilises the latest in Windows and cloud technologies to provide an efficient and reliable platform for the business to grow with as their business needs grow.
PFH migrated Colorman’s AD Domain from a Windows 2003 to 2012 Functional Level and moved all their data from an old 2003 server to a new 2012 R2 VM.
A three node Hyper-V cluster was installed with an MSA2000 G3 SAN to make all the new VM's highly available. PFH delivered a Disaster Recovery solution using a fourth Hyper-V host which was setup in another building as a disaster recovery server. This server was connected to a HP Storeasy 1440 NAS as its storage and a replication job using Veeam was created which made copies of all production VM's.
PFH upgraded their e-mail system from Exchange 2003 to on premise Exchange 2013. All XP machines were replaced with Window 7 PC’s with Office 2013 OVS licences installed on them.
By building the solution on Microsoft it has been ensured that Colorman are prepared for any future projects in terms of cloud, mobility and security offerings. These technologies improve both scalability and performance, helping to deliver and manage a cost-effective IT ecosystem. It also meets the demands of flexible, ‘on the go’ working by providing users with access from almost anywhere and on any device.
Other benefits include:
Reduced management costs (which includes operating, licensing and management)
Reduced IT infrastructure spend
Improved business agility and increasing revenue
Improved collaboration and communication both within the company and with their suppliers and customers
“PFH specified and delivered the required solution very effectively. We found the system upgrade caused minimal disturbance to on-going business and that PFH were very forthcoming with allocating their resources towards the rectification of any issues which occurred during the migration.
Colorman would not have any hesitancy in recommending PFH for any similar projects.“ David Clancy, Finance Director, Colorman.
Core technologies used
The key technologies used to deliver this solution were:
Windows Server 2012
Veeam Backup & Replication
HP StoreEasy 1430 12TB SATA NAS Storage (NAS)
Colorman (Ireland) Limited is one of the largest printing companies in Ireland with unrivalled customer focus and print capacity. They have a wide customer base including clients in the UK, Europe, America and Ireland. Through the use of modern technology and e-procurement they have delivered print management solution to customers, tailor made to suit their requirements.