Case Study

MoneyWeek

Challenge

Moneyweek were looking for specialist help to reconfigure his Exchange environment and upgrade the associated HP server infrastructure. Moneyweek had experienced significant mailbox growth, and was facing management challenges with their Exchange 2003 platform. A large portion of their corporate communication is conducted through email; the system processed thousands of messages daily and supports over 300 mailboxes.

Updating their email infrastructure to be resilient, stable, and secure was a high priority. Additionally, the cost of maintaining their ageing server estate was increasingly expensive and frustrating.

Solution

The solution designed for MoneyWeek included:

  • MS Exchange 2010 for 300 mailboxes
  • KEMP Virtual LoadMaster – simplifies deployment of the complete Exchange 2010 portfolio
  • VMware vSphere
  • Open-E DSS V6 SAN Software

The MS Exchange migration involved the creation of a new Exchange 2010 group in the virtual environment with two Exchange mailbox servers and two combined hub transport/client access servers. Following the new infrastructure deployment, the Exchange migration was successful.

Outlook Anywhere was deployed to enable remote clients to connect directly to Exchange using SSL without the need to connect via VPN.

SysGroup also implemented a DAG to combine on-site and off-site data replication into a single high-availability solution that reduces downtime. DAG provides automatic failover at the database level, without the complexity of traditional clustering that MoneyWeek had in place with Exchange Server 2003.

Result

With this new solution, Moneyweek now have:

  • A more flexible and reliable messaging platform
  • Improved failover and DR capability
  • Reduced storage costs
  • Enhanced mailbox backup and recovery
  • Better integrated mailbox archiving

Testimonial

“SysGroup has helped MoneyWeek to consolidate our messaging infrastructure into a highly available and scalable environment. The new platform provides better support to our business users and has significantly reduced IT costs, from both a user support and hardware management perspective.

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