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Slow network connections hamper online efficiency

30 January 2014

Northern-Ireland based JR Annett was looking to expand its business to begin selling in the UK. However, they were still using a 4Mbps internet connection which caused many problems and affected their efficiency, specifically their ability to promote their products online.

Much of their business comes from their website, which relies heavily on them uploading new high-quality product images. However, each image was taking up to 40 seconds to upload. Videos were impossible to upload and product catalogues had to be reduced in size and quality before they could be emailed to customers, and even then they would take up to two hours to send.

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Connecting colleagues and customers

30 January 2014

When your team handles hundreds of customer calls each day, it’s important that your phone system works. But when you’re growing rapidly, opening a third site and needing to stay in constant contact with customers and colleagues, ‘important’ quickly becomes ‘business critical’.

This was the critical challenge facing Dunster House, the country’s largest garden building and log cabin retailer. An incredibly successful business, Dunster House is rapidly expanding. But it was quickly approaching the limits of its existing  analogue phone system. It would soon run out of extensions and lines, a situation it had to avoid. But in choosing a replacement system the firm was not content to simply replace like with like. 

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Legend leads the way in centralised club management using HP Storage solution

30 January 2014

Legend Club Management Systems offers a private cloud, fully managed service with a central database that meets all the requirements of running a modern fitness centre.

Founded in 2002, York-based Legend has a staff of 67. It originally targeted private clubs and centres but now, more than half its business is in the public sector and its systems support in excess of 8,000 users.

Following HP presentations, demonstration and references, Legend decided to implement HP 3PAR StoreServ 7400 and 7200 Storage systems – the 7400 in its main production data centre and the 7200 at its disaster recovery site.

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Storing data without draining network performance

30 January 2014

With around 100 staff in total, Sacker and Partners LLP has very demanding requirements from its technology. As a professional services business, its intellectual property is the advice it provides to clients and therefore the need to store current and historic  client communications is a given.

There is also a requirement to retain email communications for a 10-year period. This however creates an ever-increasing data storage requirement that must be effectively managed by the IT department to ensure immediate availability to data when needed but also to make sure the data does not create a drain on the network’s performance.  

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