Sun Startup Essentials powers Microsoft partner OneDoc

Cross-posted and adapted from this Sun Startup Essentials blog today.

OneDoc is a software company that provides collaboration and compliance software. Its technology is based on the Microsoft software platform, and makes multi-user editing and sharing of Microsoft Word and other documents safe and effortless while providing a simple compliance solution. The software cleverly tracks the changes to multiple Word documents by multiple users and allows easy electronic collaboration for document review and editing.

Multizone partners with OneDoc to provide specialist product management and marketing services since it began in 2003. Multizone also runs the Microsoft Partner program for OneDoc, and attends Microsoft events on behalf of OneDoc. OneDoc became a Microsoft BizSpark partner as well as taking advantage of the MAPS program and the Empower program which enable it to access Microsoft product, collateral and resources.

Although OneDoc's business is based in Reading, UK, the team's dispersed around the country and it's become a requirement to be location-independent in everything that OneDoc does. With the recent launch of trials for OneDoc Release 2.0, there was an opportunity to consolidate OneDoc's technology infrastructure such that it could be centrally located on the Internet; everybody at OneDoc would access it as if they were local, and the system could be staged for testing and quality assurance before trials at production level could begin.

"We needed high compute density, and networking connectivity in a single rack unit, hosted securely and with plenty of bandwidth to run complex server based applications and let our remote workers access it as if it were local to them. Multizone provided strategic and tactical support to make this happen seamlessly."
David Grundy, Executive Chairman, OneDoc

Multizone helped OneDoc choose the Sun Fire X4150 server, to the detriment of the HP Proliant DL360 G5 server, because it provided the best price-performance in a 1U form factor --as well as better flexibility, expandability, and energy efficiency. OneDoc joined the Sun Startup Essentials program to get significant savings on Sun retail prices.

Crucially the X4150 is a supported system for VMware, for which Multizone designed, built and tested a Microsoft virtual machine infrastructure consisting of domain controller, internal infrastructure servers inc. SQL Server and terminal server, two QA servers, two customer facing trial servers, and several QA desktop client images. A Windows-based infrastructure was chosen because OneDoc is developing software based upon end-to-end Microsoft technology from SharePoint through SQL Server to .NET and Microsoft Office. No problem, Sun x64 systems are Windows-certified, in fact Sun Microsystems is a Microsoft partner and Windows Server OEM.

"Everyone at OneDoc relies upon Sun x64 technology. Virtualisation is the ideal solution to delivering the Microsoft based infrastructure we required for development, QA and trial of a software product. Sun startup essentials made it possible for us to realise a tangible, credible environment for development and deployment --with complete confidence in its security."
David Grundy, Executive Chairman, OneDoc

OneDoc's X4150 server is currently hosted in a datacenter at the heart of the Internet by Applicable Limited. They manage DNS, IP addressing, Internet access and power. Multizone manages patching and system updates. The system has been live 24x7 since installation with only scheduled planned maintenance windows of downtime in the single digit minutes since then. For further information on this specific case study, contact Angus Fox at startup@multizone.co.uk. And, whether you are a Linux, Solaris or Windows developer, join the Sun Startup Essentials program now to see what it can do for your startup company!

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