Complex IT infrastructure move made to look easy…

Complex IT infrastructure move made to look easy…

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Service: Richmondshire District Council

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The Challenge:

Richmondshire District Council were embarking on a project to centralise, closing five ageing offices and replacing them with one new state of the art location housed in former school buildings. The move was to take place over a weekend in November and the network had to be available for users and members of the public on Monday morning. The council also host systems for other North Yorkshire authorities and downtime had to be kept to a minimum.

Due to the rapid change in technology over the past few years, the council’s network was very complex – a large number of virtual servers, a SAN, switches, firewalls and lots of external connectivity. Although the council have their own IT team, they weren’t experienced in carrying out complex IT infrastructure moves. A partner was required to help deliver the office move.

Client Profile:

This local authority is located in North Yorkshire. Richmondshire covers a large northern area of the Yorkshire Dales including Swaledale and Arkengarthdale, Wensleydale and Coverdale, with the prominent Scots’ Dyke and Scotch Corner along the centre.

  • 5 community offices throughout the district: Richmond, Colburn, Leyburn, Reeth and Hawes
  • 250 users
  • Hosts applications for other authorities

The Solution:

Having completed work for the council in the past, razorblue had a strong understanding of the council’s IT infrastructure and the challenges they faced. razorblue assigned a project manager and a technical lead to the task and planning was quickly completed.

The council had ordered several new fibre connections to PSN (the central government network), their wide area network, other councils, and the internet – all of which were being delivered by third parties – and deadlines were tight. A temporary data backup solution and wireless link to the new building were installed to allow co-existence in the event that a connection wasn’t delivered on time.

“The management and staff at Richmondshire were amazed how quickly services were back up and running after such a complex move. I would like to pass on my sincere thanks and appreciation to razorblue for their support.”

The Result:

razorblue’s team migrated the server infrastructure on a Friday and had it all operational again by the end of the day – three days ahead of schedule.

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