The second stage of the partnership saw Winn start a programme of investment to improve its infrastructure in the WAN, co-location, managed backup, wireless, BYOD and storage. The in-house and ITPS teams worked together on a set of objectives which included developing a new infrastructure to achieve high availability, easily integrate new offices and acquisitions, promote agile working, and strengthen business continuity.
Winn’s original infrastructure was designed around a heavy on-premise footprint, with hardware held in two separate offices, and data replicating between the two sites. Although there were two separate links provided by two ISPs, both used the same circuit which meant that if for instance the road was dug up and the connection broken, both links would go down.
The new structure successfully met the brief to eliminate single points of failure, create high availability, strengthen business continuity and disaster recovery arrangements, and allow the in-house team to add new offices to the network with very little effort.