The Hepworth Wakefield is an award-winning art gallery in the heart of Yorkshire, set within Wakefield’s historic waterfront overlooking the River Calder. Designed by the acclaimed David Chipperfield Architects, the gallery opened in May 2011 and is home to Wakefield’s art collection – an impressive compendium of modern British art, including works by Ben Nicholson, Patrick Heron, L.S. Lowry, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore.
With a mission to be recognised as one of the world’s leading art galleries, The Hepworth works with the pure technology group (PTG) to achieve strategic goals through innovative, market-leading technology.
The Hepworth Wakefield required a solution to modernise their IT infrastructure. The requirement focused on compatibility with core applications, the need to improve speed of systems, replacement of the aged backup solution, PCI compliance and a suitable disaster recovery solution.
The pure technology group firstly migrated The Hepworth Wakefield to Microsoft 365 using Microsoft’s CSP licensing model. As a CSP Tier-1 partner, PTG was able to offer The Hepworth discounts on licensing, saving them around 20% when compared to other partners, and with support from Microsoft with PTG managing customer support from beginning to end.
The entire server and storage infrastructure was replaced by the latest HP Gen10 servers and SAN. This consolidation provided the Hepworth with a more economical solution and superior performance. It also ensures a streamlined integration with Hyper V and Microsoft Server 2016. Administrators now only need to be trained on one platform, reducing training time and further cost efficiencies.
Threat protection has been enhanced by implementing PTGs recommended antivirus solution, Bitdefender, which ensures protection from Internet-born threats. 2 Factor Authentication (2FA) has also been implemented for remote access, which provides additional security, significantly reducing the risk of a breach. 2FA was a key component in supporting The Hepworth’s GDPR compliance.
The on-site backup system has been replaced with backup. A local copy is held on-site and replicated to PTG’s datacentre using enhanced encryption. By having a robust backup solution, the Hepworth can now trust all information is kept confidential and secure, at rest and in transit.
Laura Whiteman, Business and Capital Executive, commented:
“We approached PTG to help us plan and advise on the infrastructure requirements that would see our organisation continue in its success over the next 3-5 years. Overall we are very happy with the professional approach shown by all involved and the seamless migration to the new platform with minimal disruption to our organisation.”
cloud – Microsoft and support.
backup – Improved compute, storage and network performance.
security – Enhanced security.