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Office 365 Migration & Server Virtualisation for Cumbria Tourism

Cumbria Tourism aspires to be excellent in all aspects of our Tourist Board and Destination Management remit. Achieving, maintaining and improving on our 'excellence ambition' is not an easy task but one which all staff at CT are totally committed to and determined to progress.

The private sector and public sector partnership that is CT goes from strength to strength, we now have membership which represents 2,600 visitor dependent businesses, in turn these businesses represent over 31,000 people, therefore reaching most people employed in some aspect or other of tourism in Cumbria.


  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Office 365
  • Microsoft Hyper-V

Key Challenges

  • Migrate from Exchange 2003 to Office 365
  • Migration of large volume of saved data
  • Hyper-V design and implementation


Cumbria Tourism had an aging IT Infrastructure which included old server hardware and software. The restrictions this hardware and software had were starting to have an impact on the business as the performance and reliability needed was not possible. As their IT solutions partner Cumbria Tourism approached System IT about an upgrade and modernisation project of the current IT Infrastructure.

System IT provided Cumbria Tourism with a migration plan to virtualise their I T infrastructure into one virtual platform with a view to moving all data and applications across onto this platform. This would allow Cumbria Tourism to reduce the existing number of physical servers they previously had whilst at the same time give them the increased reliability and performance that was required going forward. The movement of data and applications on to the virtual platform gave System I T the opportunity to decommission and remove any legacy services from the existing infrastructure.

System IT also proposed to move Cumbria Tourism's email over to Microsoft Office 365 which would give them access to all the latest features on the Microsoft email platform along with the latest version of the Microsoft Office desktop software. By moving to Office 365 Cumbria Tourism now have access to the latest software and no longer need to worry about updates as this is included as part of the Office 365 package. Office 365 also gives Cumbria Tourism access to business-class email along with built-in security and a 99.9% uptime guarantee.