A Virtualization Success Story

During the summer of 2009, McDougall Gauley LLP implemented a new and improved IT Infrastructure in the Regina office. Server virtualization technology was used to consolidate eight servers down to two new servers utilizing a modern shared storage device and a revamped backup system.

Virtualization provides increased availability for the IT infrastructure in that single points of failure are eliminated so that broken hardware does not necessarily lead to loss of any applications. In addition, server virtualization is a necessary precursor to other IT infrastructure projects such as a disaster recovery site and workstation virtualization.

McDougall Gauley LLP is planning to enhance their disaster recovery plan by implementing a 'live' disaster recovery site at one of their branch locations. This backup site will provide live copies of critical data as well as the capability to 'spin up' the virtualized IT infrastructure in the event a service interruption occurs at the Regina office.

McDougall Gauley LLP expects to reduce their overall IT costs by improving management capabilities, reducing service interruptions, and by utilizing hardware more efficiently.

Chuck Sylvestre,
IT Support Manager at McDougall Gauley

ESTI is pleased to congratulate McDougall Gauley LLP on the success of this important project. Working with the McDougall Gauley LLP IT staff, ESTI provided infrastructure design services, server and storage hardware from Sun Microsystems, systems software and training credits from VMware, and infrastructure implementation services to facilitate the successful completion of this project.

Since 1891, McDougall Gauley LLP has been serving the legal needs of Saskatchewan people and businesses. What started with one lawyer working with the province's first settlers has grown to one of the largest law firms in Saskatchewan today with offices in Regina, Saskatoon, Estevan and Moose Jaw. McDougall Gauley LLP offers legal services within the province and for international clients doing business in Saskatchewan. The firm prides itself on client service; developing systems to safeguard client information and files is part of that commitment.

ESTI Project Team

  • ESTI Project Manager: Simon Gadd, Partner and Principal Analyst
  • ESTI Technical Analyst: Jim Nickel