Client Install: Server for a 10 user accounting practice

In an era where technology dictates the pace of business, finding the right IT partner to keep your operations running smoothly and efficiently has never been more critical. This was precisely the mindset of a 10-user accounting firm that sought our expertise to revitalise their aging IT infrastructure. The challenge was clear: replace an outdated system with a robust, scalable solution designed for longevity, reliability and performance.

The Challenge

The client's existing Dell server, after eight years of service, was no longer able to meet the demands of their evolving business. They needed a system that could not only support their current operations but also scale with their growth over the next five years and beyond. Investing in a future-proof solution was paramount to their strategy, emphasizing reliability and uninterrupted service.

Our Solution

We selected the Dell R550 server as the cornerstone of the new IT setup.

This server's specifications — dual Intel 4310 12-core CPUs, 256GB DDR5 RAM and 10TB of SSD—are not just numbers; they represent a massive leap in processing power and memory capacity. Here are the key benefits:

  • Enhanced Performance: The server's substantial RAM and powerful CPUs ensure that the firm's applications, specifically MYOB AE and processes run smoothly, without lag, supporting multiple users simultaneously.
  • Scalability: As the firm grows, the server can accommodate additional workloads without the need for immediate replacement, ensuring a longer lifecycle and better return on investment.
  • Reliability: Dell's reputation for reliability is well-earned, providing peace of mind that the system will run continuously with minimal downtime.

Employees can access their workspaces from anywhere, fostering productivity and enabling a seamless transition to remote or hybrid work models. This flexibility is crucial in today's dynamic business landscape, where adaptability can be a significant competitive advantage.

Data Security and Recovery: QNAP NAS and Veeam

Data is the lifeblood of any business, and its protection is non-negotiable. By implementing a QNAP TS-464U NAS with 48TB of storage using high-quality WD Red Pro drives, coupled with Veeam for backup and offsite replication, we've built a fortress around the firm's data. This approach offers:

  • Robust Data Protection: Regular, automated backups ensure that all critical data is securely stored, protecting against data loss due to hardware failure, human error, or cyber threats.
  • Quick Recovery: In the event of data loss, the firm can quickly restore its systems, minimizing downtime and ensuring business continuity.
  • Long-Term Scalability: With 48TB of storage, the firm has ample space to grow. The scalability of the NAS allows for additional storage without disrupting existing operations.

Implementation and Beyond

The upgrade was completed within a tight two-week timeframe, with an additional 14 days of post-implementation support to ensure a smooth transition. This period allowed us to address any issues promptly and fine-tune the system to the firm's needs, demonstrating our commitment to customer satisfaction and service excellence.

The Outcome

The accounting firm's satisfaction with the project underscores the importance of strategic IT planning. The benefits of this new setup—enhanced performance, flexibility, data security, and scalability—position the firm for success in an increasingly digital world.

Our objective was to not just address the firm's immediate needs but to equip them for future challenges and opportunities. The positive feedback we've received is a clear indicator of our project's success and our team's dedication.

Your Path to a Future-Proof Business

This project exemplifies FortiTech's approach to IT challenges: forward-thinking, tailored, and focused on long-term value. Whether you're looking to upgrade your IT infrastructure or seeking a partner to guide your digital transformation, we're here to help pave your way to a more secure, efficient, and scalable future.