Law firm upgrades infrastructure, introduces virtualization

Commander inks $1.2 million deal to undertake redesign

Queensland commercial law firm MacDonnells Law has awarded Commander Communications Limited a $1.2 million contract to redesign its IT environment to support the firm's rapid growth as well as improve customer service.

Under the arrangement, Commander will update MacDonnells' IT systems in its Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville offices.

The new infrastructure designed by Commander in close partnership with MacDonnells will include new servers, Storage Area Networks, network switches and a fleet of desktop and notebook PCs.

Commander will also introduce VMware server virtualisation software to MacDonnells, and install a range of new software including Citrix, e-mail, anti-spam, file and print, systems management and operations reporting software.

In addition, Commander will work with MacDonnells to establish a robust disaster recovery facility to ensure that the firm has the latest in data protection should a disruption occur at any of its three offices.

MacDonnells ICT director, Nick Smith, said a combination of rapid growth and mergers over the past few years has forced the law firm to refresh its IT systems.

Smith said the goal is leading-edge, integrated IT infrastructure to support future growth and improve services to clients.

He said Commander was able to meet its tight installation deadline while still providing the best solution.

Commander's Queensland manager, Bill Ratcliffe, said the upgrade will lead to a range of operational benefits, notably a more robut and scalable IT infrastructure to protect the large volume of data exchanged between offices.

MacDonnells Law is one of Queensland's top 10 commercial law firms with a 120 year history.

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