Commander has scored a $1.2 million contract to redesign the IT environment of Queensland-based MacDonnells Law. Data#3 was the incumbent supplier. Commander's enterprise group general manager, Steve Evans, said the client required a new IT infrastructure to cope with its growth.
"They required a highly available environment that was going to meet customer demands and was scalable because they are a rapidly growing firm," he said. "As they merge or acquire other law firms this system will very quickly adopt to their environment."
The infrastructure includes new IBM servers, Hitachi Data Systems storage equipment and HP ProCurve switching as well as range of desktop PCs and notebooks. The client will also be supplied with VMware server virtualisation software and Citrix software including email, anti-spam, file and print systems management, and operations reporting software. The contract will also see Commander supply a disaster recovery facility. "We were seeking to create an environment that was robust and fault tolerant, so if one of the sites went down all of the customer information and documents would fail over to another site," Evans said.
Commander has about 60 staff in its Queensland enterprise team but Evans is looking to recruit more within technical services, delivery and engineering. The rollout of the new system is expected to be completed within four weeks. MacDonnells has 220 staff.