The Graybar Corporation was realizing the limitations and restrictions of an outdated messaging environment. Faced with organizational objectives of moving to a company wide standard with Microsoft 2013 communications platform, Graybar decided it was time to take the first step and upgrade to Exchange 2013.
Oakwood worked with Graybar to assess their current environment and develop a roadmap to reach their goals. This included planning, design, and the implementation of a new multi-site messaging environment what would co-exist with an existing Exchange 2007 deployment and included a migration strategy for more than 7,500 globally dispersed users. This was a detailed process and was critical to meet current business objectives and deliver a solution that was robust, scalable, and highly available.
- Sites in geographically disbursed data centers
- Utilize DAG technology for highly available mailbox databases
- Network load balancing for site resilience and high availability
- Native migration procedures and scripts for user migrations
- Eliminating the need for 3rd party tools
Oakwood delivered a plan which was not only highly available and DR capable, but would also integrate Lync for 7,500+ users around the globe. The project helped Graybar vastly improve communications and it’s collaboration platform. Oakwood not only met Graybar’s definition of success, but produced the environment ahead of schedule, beating time lines and reducing costs.
Thanks in part to the successful deployment of Exchange 2013 and the migration of mail, Graybar and Oakwood continued their trusted partnership into the next steps of the Microsoft 2013 Communications Platform with Lync and SharePoint.
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