NOCO Energy Upgrades Infrastructure to Support New ERP Initiative

4/30/2013 | Case Study | 0 Comments |



NOCO Energy Corp., a Buffalo, New York area distributor of energy products with 700 employees in 20 locations, had grown significantly over the last decade. Acquisitions combined with organic growth put pressure on the IT department to quickly scale services to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving business.

“An aging power infrastructure, insufficient network bandwidth and inefficient use of computing resources had limited our flexibility and agility,” said Jim Cochran, Director of IT, NOCO Energy. “We knew the infrastructure would not support continued growth and definitely was not capable of meeting increased demands from new technologies like VDI.”

More recently, a major ERP development and rollout initiative compounded these challenges. The company needed an infrastructure upgrade that would support the immediate projects and put them down the path towards more scalability for future needs.


MCPc helped NOCO package a set of solutions that would yield better overall infrastructure performance to support the ERP, desktop virtualization and other future IT services.

The solution set included:

  • VMware vSphere
  • Core network upgrade with Cisco Catalyst 4500
  • Ethernet switches
  • Eaton 9155 UPS

Engineers from the local MCPc team worked with the NOCO IT staff to deploy and configure each component of the solution, with planning from MCPc project managers.

“In planning all of these upgrades, it gave me peace of mind knowing that we had in MCPc an integrator with expertise and relationships across all the technologies involved,” said Cochran. “We know we can rely on them totally from solution design to deployment to ongoing support.”


Despite having a limited budget, in looking back at the project Cochran feels confident that these upgrades will go a long way towards bringing the core infrastructure up to par with where the business is headed.

“As we migrate to next-generation servers equipped with 10-Gigabit Ethernet, the new Cisco Catalyst switches will allow us to deliver virtual desktops and will generally give us higher performance, better security and higher availability of services.”

vSphere will provide the foundation for future server virtualization efforts and enable a more flexible, agile data center environment, while the Eaton UPS unit brings more stability to the infrastructure.

“We’d been running a 10-year-old UPS with a load that regularly exceeded its capacity. Now the new Eaton units are providing consistent, high-quality power to our data center with the insurance that if we have a short outage, our data center and call center will still be able to serve our customers.”

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