Infrastructure Solutions

Gripple Award-winning manufacturer chooses customised SharePoint intranet for global communication

Gripple Award-winning manufacturer chooses customised SharePoint intranet for global communication

Market-leading manufacturers of Industrial Wire Rope Suspension Systems, Seismic Bracing & Blast Protection, Viticulture, Orchards & Fencing, Ground Anchor Systems for Civil Construction

The management team at Gripple needed to find a solution to their internal communication challenges. They had identified that if they didn’t improve the way they kept colleagues up-to-date, they would risk having a disparate, disillusioned workforce, a disaster for an employee-owned organisation. They had tried to roll out earlier versions of SharePoint and some areas of their business were using Yammer, but adoption was slow and ineffective. With 250+ people split over different sites, in different parts of the world, many of them not office based a flexible solution was needed.

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Immaculate Conception Catholic School Virtualised Desktop

With the go-ahead for their new premises, Immaculate Conception Catholic Primary School needed a cost-effective and reliable way of reducing IT costs, increase efficiency and improving the overall learning experience at the school.

Like other head teachers, Mary Emmott’s job is to reduce costs, increase efficiencies and improve the overall quality of learning at the school.

With a move-in date looming and a requirement for a cost-effective, ‘green’ IT solution with full compatibility to their existing IT infrastructure, Mary decided to take the advice of Systems Assurance and procure a VeryPC Greenhive solution together with industry-leading HP servers and Symantec recovery software for resilience.

Mary Emmott decided to procure a VeryPC GreenHive solution from Systems Assurance as it offered performance near to that of individual regular PC systems but at significantly reduced initial cost and power consumption of 5W per user. 


Meadowhall shopping centre attracts over 30 million visitors a year. It has a retail floor space of more than 131,900 m2 and is the seventh largest centre in the UK. With over 300 retail stores and supporting over 70 users across 14 servers with a vast IT infrastructure across the entire site, the IT team were keen to leverage their skills by re-investing in their IT infrastructure. The new virtualized environment provides a resilient solution enabling High Availability for their critical apps, reducing their operating and capital expenditure whilst still remaining flexible. 

Keen to continue their outstanding commitment to customer service, energy efficiency and technological leadership, the IT Manager, Chris Breeze and his team were wanted to improve the process still further so they embarked on a Server virtualisation project that would see further resilience to their IT infrastructure.

The major necessity was to provide a more resilient IT infrastructure, one to support them for future growth and reduce operating and capital expenditure whilst still providing flexibility and high availability.
Another concern was uptime. With over 300 retailers relying on their systems, Zero downtime was essential... Read more...

With the expansion of their business premises and a new warehouse recently built, Portmeirion Group Plc needed a secure, reliable, high availability solution for their warehouse data management. Click 

Portmeirion Group PLC is a British Group based in Stoke-on-Trent and listed on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange. A significant force in the homewares industry, Portmeirion has a strong international following and an established reputation for high quality and innovative design. Portmeirion markets and manufactures an extensive range of high-quality tableware, cookware and giftware. Its product ranges include ceramics, glassware, textiles, placemats, trays and candles. 

The major necessity arising from the expansion was a new high availability database management server at their newly built warehouse linked into their systems at head office. Another concern was uptime. With deliveries and despatches pretty much happening around the clock in real time, Zero downtime was essential. The company was keen to introduce a cost-effective method for both issues that would be fast, reliable and allow for future enhancements. For the full case study, click here.