Align completed an infrastructure upgrade for technology supporting 250 professionals at global investment firm.With the directive to improve the technology supporting 250 professionals in London, this client needed a partner to replace incumbent Nortel switches with Cisco equipment, as well as manage the upgrade of the associated cabling infrastructure. Having worked together for more than 10 years in the US, their IT and facilities group in the UK turned to Align to deliver a technology infrastructure upgrade at their London headquarters. Align was called upon to augment network capacity, reduce operational costs and allow for better IT planning and growth, as part of the infrastructure upgrade. Our Solution
Our efforts commenced with an audit of the office technology, which enabled Align to develop a full patching schedule utilizing the existing cable infrastructure. Align performed an in-depth audit of all assets included in the project. Port mapping was determined and patching was scheduled during the infrastructure and capacity planning work. The removal and disposal of redundant kits and cables, as well as cable management was completed in accordance with WEEE legislation. Additionally, switch upgrade, installation and testing was performed, and new patch leads were installed.
The result of our work was an increased network port capacity of 30%. Additionally, the client was able to standardize and consolidate redundant systems, allowing them to avoid an expensive capital upgrade. As a byproduct of Align’s work there have been additional savings from reduced electrical and cooling requirements.