The background

3Y Group, one of the UK and Ireland's most trusted cabinet and contract furniture manufacturers, enjoys continuous year-on-year growth. They identified that their IT system needed to be modernised to keep pace with the group’s success. Their existing hardware lacked warranty support, their network was slow, and their remote facilities needed to be improved. 3Y’s security measures, an outdated email system and ageing PCs also demanded attention.

Meeting the challenge

3Y’s IT overhaul began with the installation of a high-performance server and two virtual machines, to add capacity and to accelerate daily operations. We synchronised all passwords to the cloud and maximised the company’s security with a premium firewall and automatic backups. In a worst-case scenario, 3Y could now be fully recovered in minutes!

To enhance the team’s operating experience, we installed cutting-edge desktops with ergonomic monitors, before migrating their accounts to a cloud-based system. We then implemented our proven three-layered security solution, designed to repel all web and email-based attacks across the board. This new GDPR-compliant system boasts increased speeds and storage, plus it’s ready for 3Y’s planned internet-based comms facility.

C3’s solutions at a glance

  • High-performance Dell PowerEdge 14G server
  • Virtualized Window Servers using Hyper-V
  • Microsoft Azure AD Connect - single sign-in to a range of services
  • Fortinet Firewall
  • Acronis 12.5 Backup solution
  • Cisco Gigabyte network switching
  • Dell Optiplex 5000 desktops
  • Ergonomic Dell monitors
  • Microsoft Office 365 platform
  • Microsoft OneDrive
  • Microsoft 2FA
  • Proofpoint Spam Protection
  • Webroot Endpoint Protection

The Result

3Y’s new state-of-the-art infrastructure exceeds all of their IT targets. Their high-performance system is backed up, reinforced and running at peak efficiency. Their sluggish server is now happily a thing of the past.

The team’s feature-rich Microsoft Office 365 environment relieves them of slow speeds and network glitches, making light work of communications and secured remote access. Plus, all of their web and email-based activities will be protected by our robust 3-layer Security Solution.

Their entire system is fully managed by C3, so we’ll always be on hand, resolving issues before they evolve into problems!

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