Wired Networks

  • Introduction

    We Still Need Wired Networks

    Wired networks are still the backbone of most businesses IT infrastructure as wired connections provide reliable, high speed connections within the business that are also secure and less prone to external exploitation, unlike wireless, and far less likely to suffer from any form of interference.

    Wired network infrastructure is what allows most businesses to deploy other services such as wireless networks, they need to be connected to the wired infrastructure in most cases.

    Introduction
  • The challenges

    Your Wired Network Must Meet Your Business Needs

    A wired network needs to be designed properly to ensure that it is within the tolerances of the limits that are imposed on the physical infrastructure and that it can service the space in the way it was intended.

    Far too often we have encountered cables slung over the floor due to the a badly designed computer network that was not flexible enough to meet business growth or needs and so additional cabling has just be loosely run in, often causing a health and safety nightmare.

  • The solution

    We Ensure Flexibility and Future Proofing for Your Wired Network

    We've helped businesses design wired networks in Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset ensuring there is flexibility and additional capacity for future growth, this may add additional marginal costs to the project but it is far more cost effective in the long run as it provides additional flexibility and capacity when a business needs it, without the additional cost and disruption of trying to add capacity after the first installation. Which means the wired network will most likely be the oldest bit of infrastructure in the business when it is replaced.

  • Our approach

    Do You Need an Unmanaged or Managed Wired Network?

    What is more we can install unmanaged or managed network equipment to service the wired network.

    What is the difference between the two?

    • Unmanaged network devices just passively process network traffic and do not do much else.
    • Managed network devices have far more functionality and can provide more information about the network. They can be used to logically shape the network, prioritise traffic and provide better diagnostic information.

Featured Case Study

  • Sector / Charity

    Local Charity The Trussell Trust, Adopts Full Cloud Services in Salisbury

    Introduction 

    Our Client 

    The Trussell Trust is a leading anti-poverty charity which supports a nationwide network of food banks. Together they provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty and campaign for change to create a hunger free future where food banks are no longer needed. There are more than 1,200 food bank centres in the Trussell Trust’s network, roughly two thirds of all the food banks in the UK. The Trussell Trust supports these food banks to provide nutritionally balanced emergency food parcels to people in crisis who have been referred to them by advice agencies, GPs, schools, and others. Food banks also offer people support and guidance to help them resolve the crises they are facing.

    The Problem

    Inconsistent software across workstations and laptops, outdated servers and a need for a more flexible working environment

    The Trussell Trust was running a fully supported version of Windows server in a hypervisor environment with VM’s running Active Directory and Exchange 2010 and file shares.

    Workstations and laptops were running a mixture of Windows 7 and Windows 10 with Office 2010. A 2008 R2 terminal server was being used for remote access and was due to go out of support with Microsoft.

    The organisation wanted to get all IT systems, workstations, and laptops running supported software and the latest Microsoft Office applications.

    They also wanted to get away from the old version of Microsoft Exchange and move their files to the cloud and migrate into SharePoint to become less reliant on on-premise servers and remove the 2008 R2 Terminal server.

    The Solution

    Utilising the full suite of Microsoft Office tools to ensure consistency and efficiency 

    • A new Microsoft 365 tenant was created using the not-for-profit portal. AD Sync tool was installed into their on-prem environment and their Active directory was synced up with M365 in full hybrid mode.
    • Once all machines were upgraded, the email hosting on Exchange 2010 was migrated using the cutover migration process to cloud-based Exchange online. This was done with no email downtime for the users.
    • Once the mail was all cut over, the Exchange 2010 server was de-commissioned and switched off.
    • As soon as the Trussell Trust was able to proceed with the migration of files to SharePoint, this was done using the Microsoft SharePoint Migration Tool in a staged manner to avoid users not being able to access file shares.
    • Once each share was migrated it was made read-only on the on-premises systems for reference purposes only and to ensure continuity of data.
    • Microsoft Teams was also deployed during this stage to make every user experience much easier and more flexible.
    • The only exception to the SharePoint Migration was the Accounts files that were required to stay on-premises due to the accounting package in use. However, we were able to utilise the Direct Access system that was deployed earlier in the project to assist with remote access to this.

    The Outcome

    Fully supported and up-to-date in a Hybrid cloud environment

    The finished project meant that the organisation is now running its IT systems on fully supported software and operating systems, with the latest office applications in a Hybrid cloud environment. Staff are able to work much more efficiently moving forward with flexible working, with the majority of their systems fully cloud-based.

    Local Charity The Trussell Trust, Adopts Full Cloud Services in Salisbury

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