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MuscleFood – Large Project – Case Study

“As a growing business, it’s important for us to be able to put key areas of our growth into the hands of key professionals. With Pyranet, we know we can trust their advice and guidance as they have continuously shown us that their ability to understand our requirements and to deliver the service as expected is second to none. During the project, we found Pyranet to be punctual, knowledgeable, hardworking and honest; all key factors that MuscleFood gauges its own business on.”

Company Background

Founded in 2013, MuscleFood are a company passionate about sport and nutrition through the love of great food. They aim to provide the very best quality, responsibly sourced lean meats and supplements on the market to enable its customers to get all the nutrition and protein needed at a cost effective price.

The challenge

With the huge success of MuscleFood, it was decided that a large investment was to be made to establish a new purpose built warehouse and the implementation of a CRM package dealing with the processing of orders from receipt to delivery.

Due to the reliance on this software, it was important that we provided a hardware solution that had a suitable specification and had the ability to continue working in the event of hardware failure. Along with this, we also had to take the environment into account; a large refrigerated area dropping to temperatures below 0c.

The general network layout spans across 10,000 square foot including wireless connections for several mobile tablets and laptops. The desktops needed to be used for a specific purpose and therefore, required the ability to be locked down to a single application.

The approach

By utilising Hyper-V technology and two identical servers, we were able to incorporate a solution that ensures redundancy in the event of a failure. If one physical server fails the second server will automatically take over and continue to run the software.

With the addition of a fully controlled domain, we utilised group policy to lock the computers down ensuring only the required functions are available.

The outcome

MuscleFood now have a solution which ensures continued functionality with even a server hardware failure. The virtualisation also means that future growth is extremely easy to achieve and has the ability to recover from a disaster very quickly and effectively. From a support perspective, this also means that onsite time is drastically reduced too.