Case Studies

Dare the impossible, achieve the extraordinary.

Case Studies

Dare the impossible, achieve the extraordinary.

Larson-Juhl - Global Manufacturing and Distribution

The IT Problem

Outdated computer systems paired with a paper-based sourcing and fulfillment process meant an unavoidable loss of data and underperforming facilities.

The Byteworks Solution

A customized infrastructure that links all phases of the product cycle — from orders received, through sourcing and manufacturing, to shipping and delivery. By implementing a sophisticated solution of wireless networks, switches and routers, and scannable access points, the North American facilities have streamlined operations and workflow to create the optimal environment for employees.

The Timeframe

3 months for installation and training

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Community & Southern Bank - Regional Financial Institution

The IT Problem

A chronically malfunctioning telephony system meant facing unpredictable IT issues which made it impossible staff appropriately, resolve efficiently and document completely.

The Byteworks Solution

A customized infrastructure that links all phases of the product cycle — from orders received, through sourcing and manufacturing, to shipping and delivery. By implementing a sophisticated solution of wireless networks, switches and routers, and scannable access points, the North American facilities have streamlined operations and workflow to create the optimal environment for employees.

An in-depth analysis and documentation of the entire IT environment, prior to determining the scope of work, provided the client with a comprehensive log of all vulnerabilities within the existing configuration. The teams were then able to develop and implement a ticketing system that provided seamless escalation of issues outside the skill set on onsite technicians.

The Timeframe

60 days for analysis, documentation, and implementation.

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Envistacom - Defense Industry Communications and Cybersecurity

The IT Problem

To identify individuals accessing secure locations in the Middle East, the Department of Defense required a new type of infrastructure solution. This critical needs project had to be conceived, designed, built, and deployed in 13 days.

The Byteworks Solution

Envistacom and Byteworks joined forces to build the NRTIO network – a fast, flexible, wireless network that connects entry control points to vast databases of user profiles. This sophisticated system captures, processes, analyzes, and checks military databases for individual identities in near real-time. The solution is also ultra-rugged and portable, being made with high-quality, tough materials and a streamlined interface to launch the system with little to no downtime or training.

The Timeframe

13 days from the drawing board to deployment.

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Overview

Spelman College, an historically Black college for women in Atlanta, GA, was facing the reality that their technology solutions needed to support the large number of devices students were using on campus. As a liberal arts college, technology had not always been a top focus, but to continue drawing the coming generations of students, they had to make significant strides towards fully integrating technology into the educational experience.

One of the first priorities was to create the basic foundation for an uninterrupted and constructive learning environment: a reliable wireless network. After working with Byteworks on two previous projects, Spelman was impressed with their ability to solve problems that others were unable to fix. They enlisted Byteworks to engineer a solution resulting in reliable and high-performance wireless network access for students, faculty, and staff.

One of the first priorities was to create the basic foundation for an uninterrupted and constructive learning environment: a reliable wireless network. After working with Byteworks on two previous projects, Spelman was impressed with their ability to solve problems that others were unable to fix. They enlisted Byteworks to engineer a solution resulting in reliable and high-performance wireless network access for students, faculty, and staff.

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Overview

Each Saralux data center is equipped with state of the art equipment that provides a highly redundant hardware platform consisting of high performance servers and Storage Area Networks (SAN). When customers pay for managed IT services that include hosting, they expect a secure, reliable environment with uninterrupted availability. The success of Saralux’s offerings depends entirely on their ability to provide a reliable and efficient network.

As Saralux was analyzing it’s growth within their current environment, their Director of IT Operations proactively reached out to Byteworks for strategic guidance.

Solution

Upon learning of Saralux’s storage and processing growth projections, Byteworks knew the company could benefit from a 10 Gigabit Ethernet in the core of the network. The Byteworks team designed a network to introduce 10 GigE among the systems that could most benefit from the additional throughput. Taking into consideration Saralux’s budget, Byteworks developed a two-phased plan to quickly address current needs while anticipating long term growth. The first phase of the network design addressed Saralux’s need for high-bandwidth connectivity within the core. This phase included a pair of redundant Nexus 5548 switches, which provided 10Gb ports for the core devices and 1Gb for all others. The design included the addition of 10 GigE network interface cards to all hosts within the VMware cluster, which allowed for load balancing between the two Nexus switches as well as full redundancy.

The second phase of the network design ensured that Saralux was adequately prepared for future growth of the data set under management. Due to the nature of their services, Byteworks identified that data deduplication at the storage layer would provide significant advantages by reducing the overall storage capacity that would be required. This phase also brought the 10 GigE capabilities into the storage system, which dramatically increased the throughput for read and write operations to and from disk. Additionally, a NetApp storage array was included with disk-to-disk backups and offsite replication to a disaster recovery facility out of state. The NetApp array also significantly reduced the time required to clone and provision new virtual machines.

Benefit

After completing the two-phased redesign, the Saralux network was not only prepared for more growth, but also significantly faster. For example, a common operation involved in provisioning a new server for a customer that previously took 25 minutes now completed in only 30 seconds. Additionally, a process that previously took 2-5 minutes to migrate a single VM from host to host could now migrate 15-20 VMs within 10 seconds.

Also, using the data deduplication features of the new NetApp storage system, Saralux was able to reduce overall storage utilization by 40% with zero impact to performance. This improvement generated significant savings for Saralux due to the reduced amount of needed storage.Saralux, a quickly growing provider of managed IT services primarily in the non-profit sector, was facing an exponential increase in the storage and processing power needed to support their customers. In order to continue serving their customers with IT services comparable to those in the for-profit sector, they needed to improve their current switching capacity and storage performance.

Saralux enlisted Byteworks to recommend a solution and the result was a speedy network that not only addressed the need for growth, but also improved the user experience.

Business Need

Each Saralux data center is equipped with state of the art equipment that provides a highly redundant hardware platform consisting of high performance servers and Storage Area Networks (SAN). When customers pay for managed IT services that include hosting, they expect a secure, reliable environment with uninterrupted availability. The success of Saralux’s offerings depends entirely on their ability to provide a reliable and efficient network.

As Saralux was analyzing it’s growth within their current environment, their Director of IT Operations proactively reached out to

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