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Birmingham based IT company Infrasys have competed a major IT Infrastructure renewal project for the Peverel Group, including the construction of a new Data centre, network redesign and delivery and a major upgrade of storage technology and capacity. The biggest challenge however was finding a solution which avoided having to get planning permission to dig up a public road. By using a gigabit laser solution, Infrasys cut 12 weeks from the project cycle and had the new links working within 2 weeks.

The Peverel Group is one of the leading providers of property related services in the UK managing privately owned residential developments and retirement accommodation with a substantial nationwide portfolio and employing 3000 staff across the UK. Peverel have grown very rapidly in recent years and in mid 2006 realised that the IT infrastructure of the business was no longer capable of providing the high quality services which their customers expect, and risked holding back the further expansion of the business.

IT infrastructure experts Infrasys were called in to undertake an assessment of Peverel's IT infrastructure, from which a programme of improvements was developed. These covered both the New Milton, Hampshire headquarters and the Luton offices. A new Cisco-based network design was implemented with renewal of the cabling at the Luton site; at the New Milton site, the need for planning permission to dig up the road threatened to delay the programme by some three months if a traditional cabling solution were used. Instead, LazerBit Gigabit links were used to provide network resilience between buildings. The new network is used to provide voice services as well as data.

In addition, a new data centre was built at Luton, with full uninterruptible power supply, air conditioning and environmental monitoring, fire detection and integrated alarms. 21 terabytes of data storage were provided using two EqualLogic iSCSI storage arrays which provide for easy data management through their advance management features. The two EqualLogic SANs enable data replication between sites, allowing for robust data back-up and disaster recovery capability.

The new infrastructure was fully operational by January, two weeks ahead of schedule and just four months after the go-ahead was given. Peverel IT Director, Martin Stevens said: “This investment has made our IT infrastructure robust, responsive and secure and ensures that we have the IT capacity we need to meet our ambitious growth plans for the business. Infrasys have done an excellent job in delivering this highly complex programme on time and to budget.”

Infrasys Managing Director, Peter McCormack, added “This project demonstrates how, over time, businesses which are growing rapidly can find that their IT is no longer capable of meeting the increasing demands of the business. Infrasys have demonstrated that by using a company with the right skills and approach it is possible to address this kind of complex problem quickly and cost effectively.”

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