Ray Goudy Trailer Repairs is a family run business specialising in the repair/servicing of commercial trailers and vehicles. Services offered include; MOT & running repairs, superstructure repairs, tilt & curtain repairs, VOSA approved brake roller testing and EBS/ABD diagnostic & repairs.
With over 30 years trading, Ray Goudy came to Strident looking for a more flexible way of working. Previously utilising Microsoft’s Small Business Server on premises, Ray Goudy needed a secure and reliable solution for its staff, several of whom often worked from home and who required access to company data.
Strident recommended that the company utilised cloud technology, which offers many benefits including flexible working. A Strident technician installed Small Business Server 2011 and termserver 2008R2 onto a new virtual server, located in the Strident Data Centre at Crown House in Ipswich. This was done remotely in order to minimise any disruption to business operations at Ray Goudy. This took around a day to install and was thoroughly tested to ensure that the system was fully operational. A new Draytek router was then installed at Ray Goudy premises. Following this, all of the software used by Ray Goudy was installed on the server, specifically Sage, along with all company data which was copied and transferred overnight.
In order to ensure a smooth transition for Ray Goudy users, Strident remained onsite for a few days following implementation, in order to ensure that all users had access to the Data Centre, to train them on usage and troubleshoot any issues.
Due to the work being carried out predominantly overnight, there was no significant downtime. Following the implementation of Strident’s solution, the staff at Ray Goudy were able to benefit from flexible working conditions, in particular the ability to work from home. An additional benefit was that the company did not have to lay out money for purchasing a new server because cloud customers are on a monthly pay as you go model.