Monday 24 July 2017

New sirloin system upgrade for O'Brien Fine Foods in €450k deal with tech firm Novi

Novi, the proactive managed services provider, has designed and implemented an all new IT infrastructure for O’Brien Fine Foods in a €450,000 deal. Pictured (L - R) are: George O'Dowd, managing director, Novi; and Enda Duffy, IT manager, O'Brien Fine Foods.
Novi, the proactive managed services provider, has designed and implemented an all new IT infrastructure for O’Brien Fine Foods in a €450,000 deal. Pictured (L - R) are: George O'Dowd, managing director, Novi; and Enda Duffy, IT manager, O'Brien Fine Foods.
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

O'Brien Fine Foods has continued its recent investment trend with a €450,000 IT infrastructure deal with tech firm Novi.

The family-run food company, best known for its Brady Family and Homebird brands, agreed to upgrade their existing system to enable mobile working for employees.

The new setup, designed and implemented and managed by Novi, also provides increased security, reliability and performance for the firm.

O'Brien specialises in supplying cooked meats products to the Irish and UK markets and operates a 24-hour production environment, requiring ‘always-on’ IT systems.

Bill and John O'Brien from O’Brien Fine Foods Picture: Michael O'Rourke
Bill and John O'Brien from O’Brien Fine Foods Picture: Michael O'Rourke

Enda Duffy, IT manager, O’Brien Fine Foods, said that the project has provided the company with an infrastructure that improves business performance and IT reliability, while maintaining the highest level of security.

"It has also given us an unparalleled level of flexibility. The increased network speed means that our employees can now work efficiently and effectively from anywhere in the facility, from either their laptops or their mobile devices," he said.

Novi installed a new 10 gigabit backbone network that provides 1GB Wi-Fi across O’Brien's entire facility. The tech firm also deployed a Fortinet Firewall cluster and perimeter firewalls that incorporate two-factor authentication to ensure very strong security

George O’Dowd, managing director, Novi, said that O’Brien now has a reliable and high-performance infrastructure that will enable the company to continue to grow as it strives to meet increasing customer demand.

"We’re delighted that they’re already seeing the benefits of the work that has been done, and we will continue to provide proactive support to guarantee that they get the most out of this new infrastructure," he said.

O’Brien Fine Foods recently carried out a €14m, 8,000sqm expansion at its headquarters in Timahoe, Co. Kildare.

Earlier this year, Novi announced an investment of more than half a million euro in its infrastructure ahead of new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules.

The firm stated that the rising level of cybercrime and the upcoming GDPR was a 'key driver for the investment'.

The investment at the centre in Naas, Co, Kildare is aimed at allowing Novi to help companies to better control their data in to meet GDPR and Central Bank requirements.

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