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Recent Projects – Q3 2021
Credential Authentication Project
Radius/NPS Certificate Services for Wi-Fi Networks for Local Public School System
In September, this local public school system requested a Wi-Fi user authentication solution that was virtualized and integrated the File Share into the disaster recovery solution, while minimizing costs, increasing availability, and simplifying management. Data Networks deployed an NPS/Radius solution based upon Microsoft Windows Server 2019 and created a secure, geographically diverse, high availability solution with common namespace to prevent site failures from impacting file access.
Microsoft Defender for Office 365 Mail Security for Local Independent School
This local independent prep school was facing phishing attacks and needed to protect its vulnerable users from intrusion and bad attachments, while also fostering a better culture of security for its users. In order to protect against broad volume-based attacks and secure email and collaboration tools from zero-day, malware, phishing, and other security compromises, Data Networks deployed and configured the Microsoft Defender for Office 365 Mail Security. This solution leveraged the school’s existing Microsoft capabilities, reducing shelf-ware, and increased security while integrating their security solutions with a consistent management plane.
New Switches and Network Management Solution for Maryland Public Health Department
In September, Data Networks designed a network upgrade solution for this Maryland county public health department. The health department’s existing Cisco switches were EOL and were not configured for centralized management, preventing visibility into the network’s performance. Data Networks recommended replacing the outdated and unconfigured network equipment with 8 modern, managed Juniper switches, leveraging Mist’s AI-based solution to provide predictable, reliable, and measurable visibility into network performance. The solution also included Fiber Optic cabling to deliver a faster, more reliable and resilient uplink between network closets.
Microsoft Azure File Services
Low Access Data Migration to Cloud-Hosted File Services for North Carolina Water Utility Agency
In September, a Data Networks’ water utility customer located in North Carolina discovered a need to reduce the overhead on their block storage, preferably moving their vast amount of archived data to a cheaper and higher capacity storage solution. Data Networks recommended leveraging Azure Hybrid Benefit from their Microsoft and Azure Tenant to move low access data off the high-performance data block to make room for applications and data which required access to IOPS. The solution designed and implemented by the Data Networks team met the customer’s specified compliance criteria by deploying a cloud-hosted SMB file service that synchronized data with on-premises storage while also securing the customer’s data and providing archive management.
SQL Refresh and Storage Expansion
Microsoft SQL Server Refresh and Host Server Storage Expansion for Local Biopharmaceutical Company
This local biopharmaceutical company needed to refresh their SQL server licenses and increase their local capacity, as well as a properly documented SQL server built as a VM in Hyper-V. Data Networks developed a solution to deploy additional storage to a new Dell PowerEdge R440 host server and configured the storage as a resource accessible by the Hypervisor, providing a new instance of SQL with fresh licensing and additional capacity to the local host, with the added ability to rapidly adopt new platforms.
Wireless Upgrade Project
New WLAN and Cabling Services for Local University Church
In August, this local university required a wireless upgrade for an on-site university church. Data Networks developed a WLAN solution to provide fiber cabling from a nearby student hall to the church, CAT6 cabling to the sanctuary for the new access points, as well as access point installation and provisioning. A new Juniper EX2300 Compact Ethernet Switch was also provided, installed, and configured to support the new wireless network.
Witness and Proxy Server Update
Deployment of New vSAN Witness Server and Proxy Update for Maryland University
This local Maryland university needed better maintenance and update cycles for their VMware investments and Dell servers while facing a strict security requirement: nothing could directly contact the internet. In order to securely update the university’s data center investments, Data Networks developed a solution to deploy a new physical host server with an update proxy for their VMware Update Manager to cache updates without requiring secured systems to be connected to the internet. This solution also included an update proxy deployment for the Dell Server Update Utility to cache Dell server updates as well as a new vSAN Witness Appliance deployment.
Server Refresh and Workload Migration
Server Host Refresh with Shared Storage and Workload Migration for Local Biopharmaceutical Company
Aging infrastructure, with most systems near end-of-warranty, non-redundant fault domains, and limited scalability of existing investments inhibited this local biopharmaceutical company’s business growth. The expansion of their manufacturing and production staff created a need for a scalable solution with greater availability that leveraged existing investments, limited re-licensing costs, and delivered better maintenance options. In July, Data Networks configured new Microsoft host servers and a new shared storage platform for the customer. This solution migrated the existing virtual machines to the new cluster; merged the customer’s domain objects- including users, computers, attributes, and policies- into the new, reconfigured domain; and integrated the existing backup solution into the new cluster.
Domain Controllers Upgrade
Domain Controllers Upgrade to Windows Server 2019 for Local Prep School
In July, a local Maryland perp school’s domain controllers were running older versions of the Windows Server OS (2016), which is no longer supported under Microsoft mainstream support. The school needed to update the existing domain controllers to Windows Server 2019 with the latest update while maintaining services availability. Data Networks performed the upgrade to Windows Server 2019 while preserving the school’s existing roles, services, features, configurations, and data, with no interruption in service throughout the update process.
Veeam Storage Expansion
Veeam Surebackup, Virtual Labs, Sandbox On-Demand for Local Prep School
In July, this Maryland local prep school needed to provision student learning labs on-demand and provide access to student resources through familiar interfaces, while increasing student awareness of cyber and IT security. The solution needed to be easily scalable and leverage existing investments and capabilities to provide multiple students simultaneous access to the on-demand labs. Data Networks designed and implemented Veeam’s Sandbox On-Demand/Virtual Labs/Surebackup, a solution that’s easy to manage, deploy, and use and helps build greater familiarity with the school’s capabilities by leveraging their existing Veeam investment. This Veeam solution allows students to seamlessly access and complete learning labs while providing IT administration with easy oversight and management.
Recent Projects – Q2 2021
Vulnerability and Risk Assessment
Foundational Security with Azure for Local Prep School
In April, Data Networks to completed a vulnerability and risk assessment to provide visibility into the vulnerability of assets deployed in a local prep school’s network. The assessment consisted of scanning to identify networked assets, determining potential vulnerabilities, and assessing potential vulnerabilities. Data Networks’ engineers completed this assessment by conducting an external and internal vulnerability scan on 1 external and 25 internal IP addresses and provided a final report and presentation to the customer documenting the vulnerabilities found and remediation recommendations.
Fileserver & Migration Services
New Server and Migration Services for Baltimore Religious Organization
In April, Data Networks provided a new server deployment plan and migration services for a Baltimore-based religious organization, ensuring operational continuity with their current applications, data, and services during the transition. This project included analyzing and preparing the existing host server for the migration services, deploying the new server with Windows Server 2019, configuring the out-of-band management (iDRAC), and configuring and deploying the Hyper-V on the new server. Data Networks also deployed two new Virtual Machines- one configured as a File Server to act as a target for the existing file shares from the source server, and one configured as an Active Directory Domain Controller. All servers then joined the existing domain; permissions, roles, and policies were synchronized to the new domain controller; and all file shares, files, and permissions were migrated to the new servers.
Client Device Refresh
CARES Act Laptop Refresh for Maryland Public School District
This quarter, Data Networks was awarded to supply this Maryland public school district with 2,000 Dell Latitude 3310 laptops as part of the district’s laptop refresh leveraging CARES Act funding.
VoIP Switch Project
LAN Upgrade to Support New VoIP System for Private Maryland College
In May, Data Networks delivered upgrades to this private Maryland college’s existing LAN to support a new VoIP phone system solution. This project required 24 Juniper Networks EX series switches, which were designed, configured, and integrated into the school’s existing LAN infrastructure by Data Networks’ Professional Services team.
SQL Server Migration
Physical to Virtual Server Migration for Washington State Public School
A Washington state public school discovered their SQL database, running on a physical server, was aging and no longer under support. Data Networks assessed the district’s environment and recommended deploying an optimized Virtual Machine for hosting SQL. Data Networks provided services to migrate the district’s data and preserve their applications from the existing physical server running Windows Server 2008 R2/SQL 2008 to a new virtual server with SQL 2019 with minimal downtime or interruption in services.
Migration to Microsoft Active Directory
eDirectory to Microsoft AD Migration Planning and Consulting Services for Washington State School District
A Washington state public school district has foundational services integrated into their Identity and Access Management systems, based upon Novell/MicroFocus’ NetIQ eDirectory platform. In addition to all access control policies managed through eDirectory LDAP services, the district also leverages the full complement of bundled services included with the NetIQ Identity and Access Management suite. As NetIQ’s eDirectory market share continues to fall, the district needed to evaluate the institutional impact of different IT portfolio investment strategies, and decide whether to purchase a different solution with a phased deployment or retain and extend their existing solution. Data Networks delivered consulting services to provide estimates of the impact of retaining the existing NetIQ suite of products. Data Networks also provided comparative data on the impact of migrating to Microsoft Active Directory services with an estimated business case proposal for migrating to the AD solution, as well as a project budget plan, implementation plan, timetables, and feature/functionality comparative data.
Recent Projects – Q1 2021
Server Refresh and DRaaS
IT Infrastructure Security Update for Local Prep School
A recent IT security audit revealed that this local prep school needed to maintain compliance with supported versions of their operating systems, hardware, and software to better secure and protect school data. They also determined the need to improve their disaster recovery capabilities – without deploying any physical infrastructure – by leveraging a more geographically diverse replication strategy, and the need to increase availability of the existing primary datastore for their vSphere infrastructure. Additionally, they wanted to address the short supply of 10GbE ports within their environment, with only a single 10GbE port on each controller attached to the SAN switches in the current shared storage platform.
To meet the school’s IT security needs, Data Networks refreshed the existing VMware host servers with new Dell PowerEdge R640 servers configured with the latest version of VMware’s ESXi operating system; reconfigured the 10GbE SAN connectivity; reconfigured the backup and replication solution leveraging our Veeam DRaaS solution; secured and encrypted data hosted outside of the school to prevent unauthorized access; and deprecated the existing disaster recovery infrastructure, including all host servers.
Microsoft Identity Manager Solution
Replace MicroFocus NetIQ with Microsoft MIM for a Maryland University
With operating costs for their existing MicroFocus NetIQ identity manager solution rising, and MicroFocus platform expertise dwindling, the university’s CITS determined the need to replace their identity manager solution, as well as build in-house administration and management expertise for the new solution. Data Networks recommended and deployed Microsoft’s Identity Manager (MIM) to provide the university with a modern platform, leveraging their existing licensing and providing parity with existing capabilities. Data Networks also provided the IT team with a knowledge transfer and support services to enable a warm transition from external services provided by Data Networks to internal services and administration provided by the university’s IT Administration.
Microsoft 365 Subscription Upgrade
Aggregated and Organized Microsoft 365 Licensing Model for Clene Nanomedicine
Due to ad hoc purchasing of individual Microsoft licenses rather than bundling, Clene was facing an expensive challenge managing their Microsoft 365 subscriptions. Looking to adopt a better licensing model with as little interruption in services as possible, Clene utilized Data Networks’ Microsoft expertise to build a more organized and aggregated subscription package that controlled spending while also providing access to better services and capabilities. Data Networks recommended and implemented a subscription plan tailored to Clene’s specific needs and our Professional Services team managed the transition to the new licensing to minimize the transition impact.
Foundational Security with Azure AD
Integrate New Identification and Access Management Solution for a Maryland College
This small college has struggled to maintain their existing identity and access management solution, resulting in many siloed solutions and an overwhelmed IT administration. Leveraging the MEEC agreement, they invested in Microsoft’s Academic A5 licensing to resolve device and user management across the campus. But due to the nature of their existing environment, deploying a single identity management platform was continuously delayed, creating high security vulnerabilities. Data Networks worked with them to deploy and integrate Microsoft’s Azure Active Directory Premium P2, leveraging their existing investment in Microsoft Identity and Access Management solution suite, to clean-up and integrate older user, device, and group management solutions into the new, modern identification and access management solution.
Recent Projects – Q4 2020
Disaster Recovery Site VxRail Capacity Expansion
DR Expansion for University Health Center
Due to COVID-driven increase in demand on their production Dell EMC VxRail Hyperconverged infrastructure, Data Networks determined this university health center’s DR site required more capacity to support the desired service levels for their infrastructure and to prevent capacity contention if production workloads needed to fail over to the DR site. To increase the capacity of the VxRail infrastructure, without requiring the expansion of compute or VMware licensing, Data Networks recommended deploying 6 new drives (2 per node) and expanding the existing VMware vSAN volumes to the maximum size supported by the new drives. This solution was quickly designed and deployed to ensure the Health Center would not face any impacts of production downtime due to capacity restrictions of their existing infrastructure during the pandemic.
S2D Cluster to Replace HPE
Hyper-V Cluster Deployment for Orange Water and Sewer Authority
OWASA’s configuration at their Waste Water Treatment Plant consisted of Microsoft’s Hyper-V clustered on an HPe StoreVirtual Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA). The software-defined hyper-converged solution was recently announced to be reaching its end-of-support lifecycle in HPe’s portfolio. Additionally, OWASA’s data capacity needs were growing beyond the expandable capabilities of the VSA, and local networking capabilities were limited to 1 GbE of traffic. OWASA needed a solution that could scale both horizontally and vertically.
Data Networks recommended and implemented a Microsoft Hyper-V cluster deployment leveraging Microsoft Server 2019 Data Center Edition, replacing the existing cluster hosts systems with new Dell R640 servers. Additionally, Data Networks deployed a new pair of Juniper switches as a “Top-of-Rack/LAN & SAN Aggregation layer,” creating a modern, scalable solution with more dynamic performance to meet OWASA’s IT capacity requirements.
Dormitory AP Expansion
Additional Dormitory APs Deployed for Maryland College
After a recent Wi-Fi access upgrade in the college’s residential facilities, a passive Wi-Fi survey identified areas where signal coverage was inadequate requiring additional wall-mounted APs in the bedrooms of some dormitories. Data Networks recommended, configured, and installed 131 new Aruba AP505H Access Points in the dorms – plus an additional 19 spare AP505H Access Points were delivered to allow the customer to add additional coverage in other areas, as required – providing total Wi-Fi coverage across the college’s residential facilities.
CARES Act Student Chromebook Refresh for Maryland Public School System
In December 2020, Data Networks was chosen to complete the school’s Chromebook Refresh for the 2020-2021 school year. This refresh project included imaging, White Glove configuration, and hardware repair services for 943 Chromebooks.
Recent Projects – Q3 2020
50 User VDI on Dell EMC VxRail
Data Center Refresh for Garrett County Health Department
GCHD required a refresh of its servers, storage, networking, and software at both of its outdated data centers in order to meet organizational compliance requirements. The goal was to reduce maintenance management overhead and add a holistic solution with enough capacity, performance, and capability not only to refresh the virtualized infrastructure, but also to deliver a robust virtual desktop infrastructure while controlling project costs. To provide GCHD’s data center with longevity and ease of management, Data Networks replaced the existing VMware vSphere infrastructure (including all servers, storage, and networking) with a dense HCI on the Dell EMC VxRail platform, utilizing Dell SmartUPS devices and additional VMware vSphere licenses.
Hyper-V Infrastructure Refresh with Dell Servers, Switches, and Storage
Leveraging Existing Investments and Increasing Efficiency for Roland Park Country School
Data Networks discovered that RCPS’ applications and data were hosted on outdated data center infrastructure with operating systems in extended support. The existing storage had limited scalability, preventing incremental scale-up investments for capacity or performance issues, and the school’s bandwidth needs had outgrown the 1GbE switching network. In order to better leverage RCPS’ IT investments and increase efficiency, administration, performance, and availability, Data Networks upgraded the existing hypervisor with Windows Server 2019 Data Center hosts configured in the Hyper-V hypervisor role, and upgraded the compute, networking, and storage configurations with 2 Dell PowerEdge R640 servers, 2 Dell PowerSwitches, and a Dell PowerVault storage array, respectively.
Dell Chromebook and Latitude Laptop Deployments
Leveraging CARES Act Funding to Support Distance Learning for Dorchester County Public Schools
This year, Data Networks has won several client deployment projects with Dorchester County Public Schools. In Q1, DCPS ordered 100 Dell Latitude 3300 laptops and 60 Dell Latitude 5510 laptops to be imaged and deployed into Anywhere Carts by our Professional Services team. More recently, DCPS teamed up with Data Networks Account Executive Amy Bateman to leverage CARES Act funding to purchase and deploy an additional 330 Dell Latitude 5410 laptops, 60 Dell Latitude 5510 laptops, 1,000 Dell Urban Backpacks, and 900 Dell Latitude 3310 laptops.
Dell Servers, UPS, and Laptop Deployments
Data Center Security Upgrade and Laptop Refresh for Montgomery County Public Schools
Data Networks recently supplied MCPS with 25 Dell EMC PowerEdge R540 servers and 25 Dell EMC SmartUPS 1500s to run and store video data for the district’s new security cameras. MCPS also used CARES Act funding to purchase 1,500 Dell Latitude 3410 laptops to support the special education distance learning initiative and 150 Dell Latitude 3310 teacher laptops for the new school year.
Q1 2020 Projects
Aruba WLAN Network for New Office Tenant
Optimizing WLAN Investment and Control for University of Baltimore
Data Networks provided a complete solution that will allow the University to continue managing its existing wireless network while also allowing a potential new office tenant to manage a subset of the WLAN with their own SSIDs, authentication methods, and related configuration options. Data Networks engineers designed, deployed and configured the solution which involved relocating 3 existing Aruba APs and installing 30 additional Aruba APs. A new Aruba Mobility Controller was deployed, and the existing Mobility Master was configured to support MultiZone, a feature of the Aruba solution that allows the management of separate WLANs on the same APs, under separate management/traffic zones and by a different controller.
Dell EMC Unity Flash Storage for VDI
Long-Term Performance and Value for Univ of Maryland School of Business
With storage investments for its VDI environment reaching end of life, UMD asked Data Networks for refresh recommendations that would require minimal service downtime. To provide them with the long-term reliability, performance, capacity, and ease of management they sought, Data Networks engineers replaced the existing spindle-based SAN with a Dell EMC Unity 380F all flash array. They leveraged the University’s existing 10GbE switches for connectivity between the hosts and the new Unity storage array, as well as the school’s existing VMware vSphere licensing. The migration was accomplished all at once with minimal interruption in service availability.
Microsoft SCCM Deploy and Configure
Better Security, Compliance, Control for Queen Anne’s County Public Schools
QACPS was concerned about its ability to deliver increased compliance and reporting against a growing set of applications and external security threats. Data Networks supplemented the district’s array of existing end-user compute management solutions with Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager. With expert deployment and configuration provided by our senior network engineering and Microsoft application team, the district is better able to manage patching, security, and compliance for third-party applications; resolve findings highlighted by audit authorities; and control and manage costs across the organization.
Hyper-V on Dell EMC and Juniper Networks
Denser IT to Maximize Investment Life for Orange Water and Sewer Authority
Data Networks designed a new primary datacenter infrastructure for OWASA to be staged, built and configured remotely at our Baltimore-based Staging and Configuration Center, facilitating easier onsite deployment. The new solution includes migration from a Dell/EMC FX Chassis to a 3-node Dell PowerEdge R640 cluster. To support independent scaling of storage from other components of the infrastructure, a Dell EMC Hybrid 380XT 10Gbps iSCSI SAN will be deployed to replace the existing storage solutions. A hybrid solution such as this allows OWASA to easily scale both performance and local capacity without having to make investments in more compute, networking, or disaggregated storage solutions. Finally, (2) Juniper EX4600 Multi-Gig Switches will be deployed to act as top-of-rack switching to interconnect the hyperconverged hosts.