MRIB was first established in 1972, and has since developed into one of the UK’s top Independent Chartered Insurance Brokers and Financial Advisers. They offer dynamic and innovative solutions in three core areas: Corporate Insurance, Private Client Insurance and Financial Services. CST began working with MRIB in early 2012 at which point the company was considering a re-think of both its I.T. infrastructure and the supplier it was using at the time. The companies increasing demands on technology and its use of several financial software packages meant uptime was even more critical, in order to deliver the excellence of services its customers had been accustom to
Getting the most from your investment in I.T. often requires some clever thinking and perhaps more importantly an eye on the future. CST’s challenge in this particular instance was based around future proofing MRIB’s systems and guiding them away from a system where reliance on a single supplier for multiple services had created potential vulnerabilities. By standardising their systems we provided a secure and stable platform for the future.
Hyper-V (virtualisation software), Exchange 2010, Windows 2008 R2
4 new replacement servers were installed using the Microsoft Hyper-V failover cluster. This means should one of the servers encounter a problem it automatically flips over to the other, providing maximum resilience. A new firewall was also installed with load balancing capability so if one of the broadband lines should fail, again the system will automatically migrate all the traffic to the other line.
The new servers increased the performance of the network and the Hyper-V failover cluster offers higher resilience in the event of a hardware failure. The new firewall and the additional internet connection also gives greater resilience providing the client piece of mind that the network is not only safe and secure but robust.