The Santon Group is one of the largest private developers in the UK, having carried out in excess of £1 billion of developments. Their turnover for the year ended 30 April 2011 was £656 million. Established in 1992, the group's expertise lies in the identification, planning and development of residential, commercial and mixed use properties. The Santon team is based in west London, with a satellite office in Scotland.
This solution is fast, efficient, secure and meets the business’s needs. Everyone from Fifosys was incredibly knowledgeable, helpful and professional throughout the project. Ravi Patel, Group Financial Controller
With an office relocation planned and IT availability central to running their business and facilitating communication with their clients, The Santon Group was keen to ensure the move would not affect their services and that there would not be any unnecessary system downtime.
From a hardware perspective, two of the Group’s servers were now out of warranty and another was coming up for renewal. At that time, if one particular server had failed Santon would have been without email access for up to 3 days.
Business continuity and high levels of system availability were additional key requirements for Santon management. They wanted their servers to be maintained in a suitable environment with an advanced IT infrastructure offering multiple internet connections and 24/7 access.
Another important factor was Santon’s plans for expansion in the future. As new users and office locations are added to the business it was important to provide a modular structure that could be expanded easily while maintaining the centralised IT infrastructure.
Once we had a detailed understanding of the Group’s requirements, Fifosys recommended a fully managed IT solution, enabling Santon to focus on their office move without having to worry about any IT implications. As part of this solution, we delivered the following IT services:
All Santon’s severs are now located in the Fifosys Fortress data centre and their staff connect via Citrix to their virtual desktops. The Fifosys team completed this transition over the course of a single weekend. As a result, the only downtime Santon experienced during the office move was the afternoon it took for them to move into the new office. The hosted solution implemented by Fifosys meant the team at Santon could literally pick up their computers and go to the new office; there was no need for a new communications room. Their satellite offices were equally unaffected by the move.
Some of the main benefits to The Santon Group from our solution include:
“Work anywhere” availability: From the users’ point of view, the look and feel of a normal desktop is consistent whether they are working at an office location, at home or overseas over an ADSL line
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