Breakwater IT worked with Original Cottages to advise on the most effective combination of technologies to achieve secure connectivity across its local offices.
To ensure each requirement was answered in the most effective way, a number of market-leading solutions were recommended including Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Meraki and Datto.
There were three local offices in Cornwall; Wadebridge, Porthleven and Penzance that Breakwater IT implemented system updates for. Breakwater’s Engineers arrived on-site on Sunday and worked through to Friday to complete the project, fitting in with employees to ensure minimal disruption.
Perhaps the most fundamental upgrade was to standardise all users to a Windows ‘Professional’ Operating system, connected to Original Cottages’ Azure network.
Microsoft Azure enables Original Cottages to run their private network in the cloud, a scalable and economical solution for a company with a large number of offices and users. Azure ensured a consistently high level of performance and availability through its global distribution of datacentres.
The move to Azure removed the requirement for on-site servers and went a long way to achieving a secure, centralised network.
The Meraki Firewall was employed across all three sites and offered simplified cloud-based management, secure internet and connectivity to the Azure public cloud. This provided the regional offices with the capacity to analyse network traffic, with the same high level of protection against malicious threats. Meraki also enabled the assignment of network level access for different devices, ie stipulating specific rules for iPads.
Within the Wadebridge and Penzance offices, Breakwater installed a Meraki Wireless Access Point. Managed in the cloud, this solution worked well for Original Cottages’ multi-site requirements, cutting the cost and complexity of traditional on-site wireless controllers.
Datto switches connected all the devices in the offices, enabling them to talk to each other. The benefit of Datto was its cloud management, enabling Breakwater to remotely monitor and support this function. Datto is extremely reliable and offered a good solution to deliver robust network performance with simplified management.
Email in the regional offices needed to be migrated to Office 365, from their existing onsite mail servers and other public cloud solutions. A shift to Office 365 allowed employees to access email, contacts and shared calendars from any location. It also synced emails in real-time, meaning information was up to date regardless of the device it was being viewed on.