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Case Study

Col Crawford

Building a robust network solution for a high demand business.

An increasing number of network outages and downtime was reducing service levels provided to customers.

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Col Crawford Motors is one of Australia's largest multi franchise car dealerships.

Client Industry:

Size of company:
100+ employees

Sydney - Australia


Project Summary

Unlimited IT support for your business

Col Crawford is one of the largest car dealerships on Sydney’s northern beaches, 

faced with issues relating to the increasing demand for cloud-based applications and network reliability they called on Acrotec to assist. 

Acrotec was tasked with stabilising the network environment to reduce business downtime, allowing Col Crawford to better serve their customers.


Correcting provisoning, upgraded hardware and intellegent systems reduced system downtime by 43%


Delivering a futureproof business network


Business-grade hardware and intelligent architecture

Two Internet services were provisioned to the primary site (Brookvale) using diverse carriers and physical paths to the site. Primary and secondary Internet services were installed to the primary and secondary equipment
locations respectively.


A firewall was installed and configured to provide backup services to each other. A Cisco switch was installed at each location, each configured to provide service to the entire site in the event of failure. 


Existing private fibre optic cabling was used for primary network connectivity between buildings, and WiFi bridge links providing a backup network path.

VPN links to remote sites were used for connectivity, with automatic fail-over between Internet links.


The power needed to drive business

The existing single room VMware solution was replaced with a distributed Hyper Converged Infrastructure built on the Microsoft Server 2016 product and Storage Spaces Direct technology.

Each server was sized with sufficient CPU, RAM, and storage to run the entire virtual server fleet in case of failure of the other server or network connectivity to the other datacentre location.

Technology Used

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