Hybrid Infrastructure: Virtualizing Desktops to Enable Mobility

Desktop virtualisation enables mobility for Cooper Grace Ward

Cooper Grace Ward (CGW) Lawyers is a Queensland-based law firm, which offers a full range of corporate and commercial services to Queensland, national and international clients.

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Challenges
CGW had kept their investments in its technology infrastructure to a minimum due to a pending office relocation. The firm had 16 aging servers, many of which shared multiple roles, and a six year old desktop fleet that ran Microsoft XP and Office 2003.

As part of its identified business requirements, CGW sought an IT infrastructure that met its objectives of ease of management, support for remote and flexible working and environmental sustainability. This infrastructure would also position the firm to take advantage of a future using applications and data to improve efficiency and gain a competitive edge to take precedence over managing devices and operating systems.

Solution
CGW engaged Thomas Duryea Logicalis to help select and implement a new infrastructure in line with the firm’s overreaching IT strategy. The firm deployed VMware vSphere and migrated all physical servers across to the virtualised infrastructure except a backup server that needed to connect directly to the firm’s storage area network.

CGW is now running its business applications in 68 virtual servers on four host servers, and 240 user virtual desktops on five hosts.

Benefits
By deploying a virtualised infrastructure from the server to the desktop, CGW has achieved a range of benefits:

  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions and power consumption
  • Rapid application deployment and upgrading processes
  • Consistent user experience regardless of location
  • Support for the use of personal devices at work
  • Ease of management

VMware desktop virtualisation has also enabled CGW to implement a proactive patching policy.