The Punjab Information Technology Board has replaced its outdated decentralized communications technology with a secure and reliable solution.
The solution was deployed by working locally with Microsoft Gold Partner Inbox Business Technologies and has contributed to a rise in employee productivity and reduced operating costs.
PITB is responsible for providing IT infrastructure services to more than 100 departments and divisions within the govt and throughout Punjab province.
Joint Director of Databases at PITB, Sajjad Ghani explains, “Previously, the PITB email services were hosted by a third party cloud provider and the majority of civil servants used web based email services. the Govt’s Microsoft Exchange 2007 messaging system which had around 2,500 active mailboxes hosted on a single server – lacked redundancy and high availability. In addition, the server wan not scale able.”
Details of newly deployed solution are given below:
- Based on Windows Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft Exchange Server 2010
- Active directory services for identity management
- Microsoft System Center suite for Improved monitoring and manageability
- Microsoft Forefront family of security products
Currently, the solution is already live for 5000 people and the rest are expected to follow suit soon.
The Govt signed strategic partnership with Microsoft in 2010 and was able to take out a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement for low cost volume licensing of software which includes Software Assurance for ongoing maintenance and simplified licensing processes.