Based in London’s West End, Medialab Group are one of the UK’s leading direct marketing and media agencies. They offer clients a comprehensive range of media planning, sales and fulfillment services to assist with their direct marketing campaigns through a variety of highly effective channels.
In 2013, Medialab Group moved to a new office and relied on Conosco to provide connectivity on the site as well as liaise with building contractors and third party vendors to ensure the new office was fit for purpose and fully equipped to host Medialab’s IT. Guided by our expertise, Medialab was able to strategically upgrade aspects of their IT infrastructure, including new switches, new UPS, new structured cabling, new 27U server rack and a new printer.
To ensure minimal disruption, the new hardware was set up in the new office in advance, using the weekend to make sure all IT infrastructure was live for Monday morning so employees could get back to work straight away on their improved network.
In 2015, we identified that it would be beneficial for Medialab to migrate from on-premise to a hybrid cloud solution. The first step was to replace the legacy on-premise file server with a single VMWare ESXi server host. The legacy file server was virtualised and data replicated to the Egnyte cloud, delivering a hybrid cloud solution that allows for scalability, mobility and vastly improved business continuity. By consolidating and virtualising servers, we significantly reduced Medialab’s physical infrastructure, which reduces energy and space consumption and associated costs. In fact, they’re now able to do more with less, saving time, money and resources in the process.
Although Medialab migrated their live databases to a cloud solution, they needed to retain archive access to the old SQL databases for a small number of users, which we were able to accommodate.
The next logical step in Medialab’s cloud migration was to change from on premise Exchange server email to a Microsoft Office 365 platform, with all users having Office 365 accounts for applications such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook.
Having done this move for a number of our clients, we have developed a seamless standard migration process that ensures minimal disruption and Medialab was able to make a smooth transition to Office 365.
Ongoing cloud management
With the implementation of a cloud-based infrastructure, it’s important that Conosco manages these solutions closely. As applications become more interconnected in the cloud, the value of maintaining those applications grows, and Conosco are on-hand to assist Medialab with all their cloud-based needs.