The natural solution to an ageing server was virtualisation. By virtualising the existing server, cost savings were made through the reduction of physical infrastructure required.
In making the move to a virtual server, Indigo Swan had the reassurance that full data backups could be performed quickly and efficiently. If the system crashed, then a virtual server would redeploy with minimal interruption to service.
Breakwater undertook an assessment of the network equipment, advising on the solutions that should be either upgraded or replaced. The introduction of cloud-managed Wireless Access Points and Switches meant that all network users and devices could be centrally managed. It offered total visibility and flexibility to deploy, manage, make changes, resolve issues and keep users happy – from anywhere.
Cloud-managed IT enabled a clear picture of what was going on within the network, keeping security definitions and device firmware up-to-date. If a security threat arose, there would be confidence that the latest updates had automatically been pushed to firewall devices.
All workstations were upgraded to Windows 10, to ensure ongoing compliance and support post January 2020.
The implementation of Windows 10 offered the ideal time to migrate emails to Office 365. With Office 365, all users had web-enabled access to their emails, documents, contacts and calendars – regardless of which device or browser they are using. All contacts were synchronised, so if a user updated a contact on their mobile, it automatically updates across all other devices.
Office 365 has built-in security and continuous compliance, but a comprehensive backup of data is not part of its package. To protect Indigo Swan from any data loss, backup for Office 365 was installed, removing the risk of losing access and control of data – keeping it protected and accessible.
Multi-Factor Authentication was enabled across Indigo Swan’s new Office 365 environment, securing them with a second level of authentication. Also known as 2FA, this is a security process in which the user provides two different authentication factors to verify themselves. When users log into their Office 365 account they are now required to approve their sign-in request using the Microsoft Authenticator app.