Danway Case Study

danway-logoDanway provides complete and total solutions in the fields of Electromechanical Engineering, Power Distribution, Building Automation, Interiors, Industrial and retail systems in UAE and other GCC countries for over 35 years. It is one of the leading Engineering firms in the Middle East.

Pinnacle was selected as the IT solution provider to redesign their IT Infrastructure to provide them the platform for growth. They had a legacy IT system and was struggling to cop up with the growing business’ requirements. We did an in-depth study of their infrastructure, after understanding the business requirements and presented a high-performance design, utilizing their existing infrastructure as much as possible. Key consideration at this stage were business growth, security and scalability of the environment. Having worked with Danway for many years, we understood the critical elements of their business and we effectively mapped them for optimum results in a most cost effective manner. Our design addressed all relevant components of the IT environment with state of art solutions.

Cisco Telephony which was only at the head office was extended to the branches with extension dialing. Server environment was converted to a fully Virtualized environment over Microsoft Hyper-V solutions with High Availability. Microsoft SCVMM was implemented for the monitoring and management of the Virtual environment. Microsoft Exchange was implemented with Database Availability Group (DAG) for high availability. EMC storage was implemented with Data domain. Virtualized environment backup was implemented using Veeam solution.

Implementation had many components- Upgradation of Network switching with VLANS, perimeter firewall upgrade, Implementation of new high performance server hardware, Hyper V with SCVMM, Upgradation of the Windows Active directory, reimplementation of MS Exchange server with DAG (for the Head office), High Availability of the Virtual environment, Migration of more than 20 physical servers to the virtual environment, Migration of file server with relevant permissions and moving multiple email domains to Office 365 with Active Directory integration.

Highlight of the project was that the complete implementation was planned and executed with zero down time and productivity loss.

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