Law firm eases maintenance with move to single datacentre

Denton Wilde Sapte, an international law firm, has centralised its formerly local server environment into a London-based datacentre for easier maintenance and a more flexible, scalable set-up.

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Denton Wilde Sapte, an international law firm, has centralised its formerly local server environment into a London-based datacentre for easier maintenance and a more flexible set-up.

It achieved the move in two months, switching from a variety of office-based servers to HP blades that now host the data for its 1,300 employees in 12 countries.

To smooth the changeover, Denton used performance analysis firm Spirent to stress-test its applications, servers, network infrastructure and wide area network.

During Spirent’s investigations it uncovered and remedied a number of potentially critical flaws which could have severely hampered the move and reduced the ability of the company to carry out its day-to-day tasks.

Denton said it needed to ensure that minimum line speeds of four to five Gigabytes per second were achieved for its its business-critical applications to be hosted centrally.

Since the move, network connectivity speeds have doubled and data sharing across the business has improved “considerably”, Denton said. In addition it decommissioned a host of legacy equipment which had been expensive to maintain.

Alan Auger, quality manager at the firm, said he was pleased the changeover had happened within what had been “an ambitious timeframe”. He added: “Spirent has helped us move from an IT system which was perhaps three or four years behind the curve to one which is state of the art and much easier to maintain.”

Denton has since purchased Spirent’s Avalanche and Reflector test appliances and begun stress testing smaller applications itself.

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