July 28th, 2016
Netstar’s two-phased approach improves Productivity and Business Continuity for High-End Central London Recruitment Firm
Human One were using their server for emails, file storage and all centralised management of their network. Reaching the end of its 3 year life cycle and warranty expiry the server presented a real risk to the business for hardware failure, resulting in productivity loss.
Rather than simply replacing the server, a solution was found that enabled Human One to upgrade the hardware at a time that worked for their budget, whilst reducing risk in the meantime.
After conducting a thorough risk assessment, the decision was taken to extend the server’s warranty for an extra year whilst simultaneously reducing the burden on it.
Resources were freed up on the existing server by moving Human One’s emails off, migrating them to the Cloud with Office 365.
Human One is a recruitment firm in central London that has been providing high calibre staff to iconic London hotels, restaurants and bars for over 20 years.
Like many small businesses, Human One identify that the right technology solutions are vital to their success. However, any IT improvements must be in line with the business’ budget.
Amber Whalley – Director of Operations: “We were keen to replace our server due to its importance in our IT set-up. Netstar found a solution that fit with our budget and reduced risk while we planned for the server upgrade.”
The reduced burden on the server increased its reliability and reduced risk while Human One planned for their new server. This staged Migration and upgrade also helped split costs across two years as opposed to one large upfront cost.
Opening Doors to Productivity Improvements
Human One are now experiencing a faster, more reliable and more available email service since their old server was relieved of its Exchange duties and user mailboxes were moved to Office 365 in the cloud.
It is now easy for Human One employees to access their emails from any device, by signing into Outlook Web Access through a web browser, or by using Outlook on their main device as before.
When the extended server warranty was approaching expiry a year later, Netstar migrated all files and other services onto new hardware running Windows Server 2012.
Benefits and Value for Human One
- Reduced Risk and Improved Business Continuity
- Improved Remote Working and Productivity
- Additional Cloud Options Made Available
- Cost Effective Solution for Required Hardware Upgrade
This new server provides Human One staff with reliable and fast access to files, and is easy to access remotely.
The move to a hybrid infrastructure (a mixture of cloud and in-house solutions) took advantage of the fast internet speeds already enjoyed by Human One staff thanks to their Leased Line.
Moving to Windows Server 2012 and Office 365 for email, provides the platform for Human One to move more of their services to the cloud, taking advantage of other functions that the Office 365 suite has to offer.
This would further reduce burden on in-house infrastructure and ensure their IT systems remain scalable in the future.
“Since our mailboxes were moved to Office 365, we have enjoyed increased access to emails, and never have periods of downtime where emails are unavailable.
Our new server is reliable, allowing us to easily access files regardless of whether we’re in the office.”