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Posted: 5/23/2011
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Talking Tables Party Products Retailer Builds Business with All-in-One Server Solution

“With Windows Small Business Server 2011, I’m not worrying about the reliability of our IT infrastructure. I can see the health status of the server, the network, and all the clients at a glance.”
—Mark McCormack, Cofounder and Director, Talking Tables

To expand internationally, Talking Tables needed to upgrade its existing server and add computers to its network. “Windows Small Business Server 2003 powered our growth in the U.K., and we wondered if the next version could help us,” says Mark McCormack, Cofounder and Director of Talking Tables. He needed to manage the computers of dispersed employees and find a more secure alternative to File Transfer Protocol (FTP) for the company’s printers in China to access graphic files. He also wanted staff to access files remotely.

McCormack turned to Microsoft Gold Certified Partner The Full Circle for advice. “Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard runs on Windows Server 2008 R2, so we used Hyper-V, the virtualisation technology within the operating system, to virtualise the server solution,” says Reuben Cook, Founder of The Full Circle. “Running in its own virtual machine, Windows Small Business Server 2011 is protected from malware and is quickly recoverable. It’s a great all-in-one solution for Talking Tables.”

Talking Tables added 25 employees and client machines to the new network, including staff in New York and Mauritius.

With Windows Small Business Server 2011, McCormack can manage the company’s IT infrastructure, avoiding a cost of £35,000 (U.S.$56,000) for an IT staffer’s salary.

Staff use Remote Web Access as a security-enhanced entry point into network resources, and the company can use the solution’s intranet site to store its graphic files more securely than on a FTP solution. “With Windows Small Business Server 2011 and Remote Web Access, we can easily set up a connected global workforce,” concludes McCormack.
Solution Overview

Organization Size: 25 employees

Organization Profile

Based in London, England, Talking Tables takes fun seriously, adding style to life's celebrations through its themed party table accessories and games sold at upmarket retailers and online.

  • HP ProLiant ML 110 server

Software and Services
  • Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard
  • Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008 R2

Vertical Industries
Specialty Retail

United Kingdom

Business Need
  • Business Productivity
  • Data Management
  • Data Protection and Recovery
  • Collaboration


The Full Circle