Affordable Windows

NCS IT Assists Affordable Windows Internal IT Team in Replacing Ageing System with StarWind Hyperconverged Infrastructure

The customer

With over 30 years’ experience in the industry, Affordable Windows Systems Group is one of the UK’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of aluminium and PVCu windows, doors and conservatories. Based in the North West, the large company employs over 300 staff across 7 sites with their head office located in an advanced purpose-built facility in Blackpool.

Their business needs

The seasoned manufacturer has seen rapid company growth which has increased the need to update the company’s ageing infrastructure. Before working with NCS IT, Affordable Windows had a support agreement with another supplier which was no longer able to provide the solutions the expanding company required.

How we helped

NCS IT assisted Affordable Window’s internal IT team with replacing the existing Storage Area Network (SAN) system with a modern StarWind hyperconverged infrastructure and a new backup platform. This resulted in the creation of a highly available and ultra-resilient network for the company, designed to keep the system running through syncing and replication – if a failure is experienced. Next generation firewalls by leading vendor SonicWall were also installed as part of developing Affordable Windows’ disaster recovery plan.

Technologies implemented

  • StarWind Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI)
  • Secure links to Microsoft Azure platform
  • SonicWall firewalls
  • Cloud backup platform agent Veeam
  • Microsoft 365
  • Mimecast to protect emails
  • Cabling
  • Extension to internal IT team to provide second line services
  • 24/7 monitoring
Office workers talking to each other next to computers

The team at NCS IT are really conscientious and great at sharing information with our smaller internal IT team - they have also provided us with a lot of excellent training.

David McVey - IT Manager, Affordable Windows