Barry Griffiths Consulting Ltd Case Study

By admin • November 22, 2017

Server Migration to Microsoft Azure

Client Name: Barry Griffiths Consulting Ltd
Industry Sector: Engineering
PC Users: 10+
Locations: Exeter
Contact: Barry Griffiths
Job Title: Director
Date: October 2017

Client Background:

Barry Griffiths Consulting Ltd is an independent consultancy providing civil and structural engineering services to government departments, businesses and individuals. The consultancy is committed to providing sustainable engineering solutions.

The company has expertise in bridge and other structural inspections, resilience assessment and design, civil and structural engineering design and project management from feasibility to construction.


The business recently relocated to Exeter and at that time their server was hosted by an IT provider out of the area. Users were accessing the data over a site to site VPN and had individual mapped drives for each folder, which was becoming a burden to manage and use.

IT Champion were approached to recommend a better way for the business to provision its IT infrastructure and provide a simpler way for their staff to work.


Following a period of consultation and advice with a Senior Systems Engineer from IT Champion it was determined that the engineering practice should provision a new server in the Microsoft Azure cloud. The new server would act as a primary domain controller and file server, configured with RRAS for data access over a VPN.

Costs for the new Azure hosted infrastructure were supplied with a full outline of the project labour required to deliver the project with minimum disruption to the business. IT Champion engineers configured new VPN connection on user’s machines in preparation for the migration.

The new IT infrastructure only has one shared mapped drive with all the top-level folders included to avoid the use of 10+ mapped drives. The data was migrated from the old server to the Azure server over a weekend to avoid business down time. An IT Champion systems engineer attended site on Monday morning to ensure the migration was successful and assist users if needed. Webroot was also installed on all devices to deliver multi-vector protection for endpoints and the network, as well as offer threat intelligence services to protect the business.

Following the project, which was delivered on time and to budget, the business decided to take a Managed IT Services contract with IT Champion for day to day IT support and management.

This project for Barry Griffiths Consulting is an example of how IT Champion can transition a business to the cloud, so they can benefit from a flexible, cost effective and high availability IT infrastructure. Don’t just take our word for it, get in touch with them if you would like to hear what they think about the level of service they have received from IT Champion during an important time for the business.


“IT Champion are providing an excellent level of service to Barry Griffiths Consulting Ltd.  They have taken time to  understand our requirements and have designed a bespoke system to cater for our needs.  We are very pleased with the way the system functions and the onsite services and helpdesk are responsive and quick.  We highly recommend IT Champion in all respects.” Barry Griffiths - Director

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