Fully Managed Exchange Case Study
NFT has been at the forefront of chilled food and drink logistics for over 30 years. Established experts in 0-5oC chilled food & drink distribution, transport & warehousing , NFT works with multi-temperature clients in numerous categories across the UK & European food & drink industry.
NFT employs some 2000 staff across its seven sites and continues to grow strongly.
With NFT’s growth over the last 5 years continuing at a fast pace, the company’s infrastructure requirements and demands are high. NFT has to ensure that the infrastructure can cope with the ever increasing demands from the business. The Microsoft Exchange environment was a standalone Microsoft Exchange 2003 system which was underperforming and causing headaches for the business. With email now being classed as a tier1 application for NFT, as they rely on email for communication with customers and colleagues alike, the decision to invest in a robust resilient solution was made. NFT turned to Keytech for the expertise in Microsoft Exchange design, deployment, configuration and support.
Keytech senior consultants engaged with NFT to understand the company’s requirements in detail along with the project budget. A solution was designed to meet the business requirements which involved an upgrade to a highly resilient Microsoft Exchange 2010 solution. The design included a mobile device solution for BlackBerry devices in use within the business along with a solution for Windows mobile devices. NFT had very clear RPO (Recovery Point Objective) and RTO (Return to Operation) counters that had to be adhered to. As part of the solution a fully managed backup service was included to ensure a further level of data resilience. The solution was implemented on a VMWare deployment utilising Veeam backup technologies to achieve the RPO and RTO requirements. Keytech continue to support NFT 24x7x365.