Up until now, the IT team run by Christian Diller, head of the IT department, at the Joseph Foundation, relied on server and client virtualization in their self-propelled data centre. However, the small team were quickly reaching their administrative and data availability, data protection and security limits. The regular administration was already proving to be a high expenditure, in addition to updates and maintenance work, which could only be accomplished outside of business hours. Moreover, the performance and scalability of the outdated server and storage systems no longer met current requirements.
The Joseph Foundation would also have had to invest promptly in the infrastructure of the server room (air conditioning and extinguishing system, UPS, access control) in order to meet the requirements for physical security, data availability and data protection, also in view of the new EU DSGVO.
Furthermore, the desire arose to have a constant real-time monitoring over all locations, networks and systems, which the IT team could not implement on their own due to lack of resources.
A renewal of the on-premise infrastructure would have involved a considerable amount of investment and an ongoing operational cost. Therefore, Proact developed an innovative Managed Cloud solution with 24×7 Managed Cloud Services and operation of server and storage systems. In addition, the heterogeneous network infrastructure was removed from the individual locations and transferred to a managed corporate WAN.
Low costs, high scalability, performance improvements plus high physical security and IT security at lower administration costs convinced the Joseph Foundation. Thanks to good planning by Proact, the migration could be implemented smoothly and the new environment could go live in just 8 months.
The Joseph Foundation’s expectations of the solution have been fully met: Proact monitors all WAN and LAN connections, network components and systems around the clock. The team at the Joseph Foundation also has an overview at all times but uses the time gained to take care of industry-specific applications.
An exchange of the previous hard disks into SSD disks provided for more performance; accounting runs last only 30 minutes instead of 3 ½ hours as before. Moreover, shortly after the changeover, a longer power outage at the Bamberg headquarters showed the advantage of the cloud: all branch offices remained fully available.
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