The Mailbox opened to great acclaim in 1998 following the redevelopment of the former Royal Mail sorting office in Birmingham City Centre; instantly becoming one of Europe’s largest mixed-use buildings.
Today, it is Birmingham’s premier shopping and lifestyle destination, and the number one location in the Midlands for designer fashion, luxury home furnishings, and canal-side restaurants. Tenants include Malmaison Birmingham, AC Hotel, BBC Midlands HQ, Harvey Nichols, Emporio Armani, BOSS, Paul Smith, not to mention a range of exclusive restaurants and bars.
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An aging and inefficient infrastructure was causing increasing frustration and operational issues at The Mailbox. There were critical business functions such as telephony that were being affected by an end-of-life and poorly-managed Cisco infrastructure, and proving to be a sizeable risk to the 24/7 operation. To add to the problems, there was a notable lack of proactive and responsive managed services further frustrating the user community.
In 2012, OryxAlign was awarded the managed services and support contract for The Mailbox following a competitive tender bid. First and foremost, we undertook a series of technical site and on-boarding audits in order to take over the infrastructure support responsibilities, closely followed by the production of a technology roadmap and infrastructure refresh programme.
This comprehensive infrastructure refresh programme primarily focused on improving reliability and efficiency, while ensuring that the risks from all critical business functions were mitigated. A new server and desktop infrastructure was implemented, together with a new voice platform that enabled the business to increase efficiencies across various departments and the organisation as a whole. An additional and most welcome outcome was peace of mind among the senior management team, safe in the knowledge that the new infrastructure delivered a highly-available and proactively-monitored environment.
To complement the new infrastructure, OryxAlign provided a 24/7 remote monitoring and management platform together with a comprehensive managed services support partnership, which included a dedicated on-site engineer.