Grindrod completes Microsoft upgrade

Grindrod (Pty) Ltd., a South Africa shipping and logistics company, recently upgraded its 650-user network. The upgrade, Grindrod says, was completed by Dimension Data Holdings PLC's KwaZulu-Natal office, and sees Grindrod migrating from Microsoft's NT4 Domain to Microsoft Corp.'s Exchange Server 2003 with Active Directory.

"Before the upgrade we operated from two servers, now we have one centralized server. This allows us to reduce our day-to-day administrative functions and improve the speed of mail delivery, thus increasing our operational efficiencies and improving our customer service," says Cliff McCormick, group ICT manager at Grindrod.

"With a network of 650 users, security and the containment of viruses becomes an important issue. Active Directory reduces the complexity of Grindrod's entire network, which is now centralized, ensuring greater security and stability across the network," says Lynne Carstens, senior software consultant at Dimension Data.

Carstens concludes by saying that Dimension Data has made a significant commitment to Microsoft globally, and this has been supported in KZN with the establishment of a committed Microsoft team. "It is our aim to be recognized as the local Microsoft partner of choice," concludes Carstens.

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