1E.COMSTREAMLINED SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT
Managing the IT network and architecture for a multinational organization of this magnitude is a sizeable task. The PC Solution Team is responsible for delivering all the tools to manage the company’s 100,000 workstations. In 2008 the team chose to implement Microsoft Systems Management Platform across the group to create better collaboration and improve productivity. The standard architecture for the Microsoft platform is for each geo-location to have a dedicated, or ‘branch’ server. For Saint-Gobain this would have meant investing in, and maintaining at least 6000 servers. The PC team sought an alternative solution that would avoid having to put a server into each branch ofce.
“ It was impossible to imagine 6000 Distribution Points. We ahd to nd a solution that would reduce the number of servers that we would need to install.”
Guillaume Chuet, Desktop Solution Manager, Saint-Gobain Group
The team decided to research the possibility of using SCCM and Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) GPO and found a considerable reduction of servers would be possible but that they would still require a 1,000-strong server farm.Mark Cochrane an independent consultant, who had contributed to the study, suggested that the team look at Nomad from 1E. Using spare network bandwidth, the tool delivers operating system upgrades, software deployments and patches safely and securely to thousands of PCs and servers day or night with zero disruption on the network. This solution removes the need for branch servers or desk-side visits – reducing existing server footprint and administrative overheads. The team immediately understood that this solution matched their requirements.During the evaluation period it soon became apparent that distribution of software, OS upgrades and deployments was working perfectly, “We had initial concerns about optimal distribution over a LAN using only one peer for multiple clients rather than having each client being a peer for other machines. We need not have worried, it worked as it should, distribution was quick and reliable,” afrms Guillaume.
Managing the network efciently
Established in 1665, Saint-Gobain Group is the world leader in he habitat and construction markets. It designs, manufactures and distributes building material and provides innovative solutions to meet the growing demand for energy efciency and environmental protection. Present in 64 countries around the world, Saint-Gobain has almost 190,000 employees. There are 1700 subsidiaries and it is present in more than 6000 distinct geographical locations.