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First Server with Room to Grow - Extreme IT Makeover: Mission Arlington

Coffee Coaching is proud to share the latest Extreme IT Makeover video. For this makeover, we were fortunate to have Intel join with Microsoft and HP to enable the IT infrastructure transformation for Mission Arlington.  Coffee Coaching, a joint program by Microsoft and HP, along with Intel, partnered with HTG Peer Groups to find Networking Results, a long time HTG member company based in Arlington, TX. Networking results donated their services for the IT makeover’s design and installation. With all of these organizations working together, we were able to provide Mission Arlington with the perfect IT architecture for their needs, so they can better serve their community.



 Tillie Burgin started Mission Arlington in 1986 wanting to fulfill missions in Texas, after her family and she served as missionaries in South Korea. For the past 26 years, Mission Arlington has worked to bring hope to the people of Arlington. Over the decades, they have multiplied, allowing people in the community to help each other and come together. Individuals, families, civic organizations, schools and businesses all work together to help Mission Arlington fulfill its mission of serving God and loving His people. They provide many different services to the people or Arlington and offer ministries for adults, children and youth, healthcare, spiritual help, crisis intervention, as well as many others.


In order to design the perfect IT solution for Mission Arlington, Networking Results worked hand in hand with Mission Arlington to figure out what they needed. After discussing all that Mission Arlington’s existing IT does, what technology they currently had, and what they were lacking, Matthew Reid, the VAR’s director of technical services, designed a first server solution for Mission Arlington. Networking Results then installed the HP ProLiant DL 360 servers with Intel Xeon processors running Windows SBS Server 2011 Premium along with HP Desktops & Elitebook laptops powered by Intel vPro technology. The makeover was completed with the addition of an HP ProCurve Networking switch and two HP LaserJet printers.


Before the Extreme IT Makeover, Mission Arlington had approximately 50 workstations that were donated, previously used, and joined together with 8 separate desktop towers running server software; they had multiple tables of towers and computers taking up valuable space. Although they had multiple buildings with IT equipment, there was no wireless solution. Mission Arlington was doing the best they could with what they had, but connections were slow and resources were not being utilized to their best capabilities.


After the Extreme IT Makeover Mission Arlington now has two HP ProLiant Gen8 DL360 servers, powered by Intel Xeon 5600 series processors.  The first server has Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 Standard Edition and runs active directory, exchange, and the file and print services for Mission Arlington. The second server has Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 Premium Add-on and runs Windows Server 2008 R2, along with Microsoft Windows SQL server which will allow Mission Arlington to continue to grow the IT infrastructure as they need. Along with the servers, Mission Arlington received a new wireless infrastructure using HP ProCurve switches and wireless controllers, and new HP desktops and laptops running Microsoft Windows 7 Pro, and featuring Intel vPro Technology.


This IT makeover allowed Mission Arlington to increase workspace efficiency and storage capacity, get rid of excess servers, towers and computers, and compress and consolidate all IT infrastructure.  Darrell Phipps, systems administrator of Mission Arlington admires the IT makeover they received. “The capacity for growth is going to be fantastic, but I’m most impressed by the fact that my tables of towers and computers are consolidated down to two servers in a rack. On behalf of everyone at Mission Arlington, we are extremely grateful and blessed with all the equipment that was donated. Everything is wonderful and more than we expected.” Phipps exclaims.


Check out these links for more information on the Mission Arlington Extreme IT Makeover or to hear more about the makeover from the Microsoft, Intel or HTG perspective.


Be on the lookout for the next Extreme IT Makeover in which we transform the IT infrastructure at the Joplin Humane Society and join our Coffee Coaching Community by following us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or LinkedIn. Learn more about how small businesses can benefit from the HP ProLiant Gen8 Server and get more information about Microsoft SBS 2011 and Intel vPro Technology. Also, make sure you keep up with Heartland Technology Peer Groups through their upcoming events.

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