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Aberforth Partners

Future proofed cabling infrastructure, increasing organisational efficiencies

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Background
Established in 1990, Aberforth Partners LLP are a leading fund management organisation located in Edinburgh.

Providing institutional investors with a high level of resources focussed exclusively on small UK quoted companies, Aberforth's funds under management are approximately £1.6 billion. (As at 31st October 2010)

Business Challenge
Having operated from its HQ in Edinburgh for some years, Aberforth identified the need to replace its existing network infrastructure with a cabling system that facilitated the planned further evolution of its IT systems.

As the office is a converted four storey Georgian town house, Aberforth Partners were conscious that any new cabling work required would be a challenging exercise and could also have an impact on the business’ operational capability.

Insightful Solution
Bearing both the construction challenges and Aberforth Partners' operational requirements in mind, Boston Networks carried out an extensive survey of the building where both re-cabling and replacing the cabling with an alternative Wireless LAN solution were considered.

Following the extensive evaluation, Aberforth Partners decided to deploy a new Category 6 structured cabling system. This solution not only upgraded the infrastructures backbone but it also allowed Boston Networks to upgrade the electrical and telephony infrastructure simultaneously.

Benefits
Working collaboratively with Aberforth Partners, Boston Networks Ltd deployed the new infrastructure over a number of weeks. This was completed outwith normal business hours to ensure there were no business interruptions.  Adhering to tight deadlines the office was returned to an operational status for each working day to allow Aberforth complete business continuity.

The infrastructure was deployed throughout the building within a three compartment containment system, installed with great precision and care, ensuring the buildings historical decor remained completely intact.

Aberforth now have a secure and robust network which converges both voice and data; offering them increased flexibility and future proofing capabilities. Exceeding the necessary requirements the new network now runs faster and more efficiently than its predecessor. The greatly enhanced infrastructure has significantly increased the serviceability of work stations throughout the four storey office and has made the deployment of applications a more efficient and effective process.

Client Testimony 
“We were impressed with the efforts undertaken by Boston to understand the specific physical and operational challenges we faced and consequently we had a high level of confidence that the proposed solution and project plan put forward by Boston would be delivered on time and on budget. The Boston team efficiently and effectively dealt with these challenges and we were very pleased with the delivered solution".

Gary Tait, Aberforth Partners LLP 

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Compartment Containment System

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Category 6 Structured Cabling System

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