International law firm Denton Wilde Sapte has doubled network connectivity speeds between 1300 employees at offices in 12 countries 5 Gbps within two months by upgrading from its legacy local server environment to an off-site datacentre running blade servers.
"Although a technology refresh was due, the project was driven by a need to relocate the firm's servers in less than five months as the result of a decision to consolidate offices across London," said Alan Auger, quality manager at Denton Wilde Sapte.
The firm had to find a way to overcome the risk of hardware failures after relocating existing servers as well as planning restrictions that would have made building a server room at the new premises extremely difficult.
"To ensure business continuity, we also needed to be to test the new infrastructure, hardware, wide area network links before making the move," said Auger.
The law firm decided to switch from its traditional infrastructure to an off-site data storage centre environment to be maintained by an outside service provider.
"This enabled us to complete the project well within the deadline, avoid the upfront cost of building a new server room, do thorough testing ahead of the move, and shift the responsibility of cooling and powering to a third-party," said Auger.
The law firm chose Spirent Communications for the project because it was able to support the overseas offices with a local presence, meet the deadline, and provide tools to stress test the network and measure data transfer times to ensure they met requirements.
"Spirent was also willing to discount the initial cost in exchange for the opportunity to gain experience in large scale projects in the professional services market," said Auger.