Keystone Samba File Server to provide file sharing services.
Spanco, Inc. has been supplying the overhead crane and hoist market
with the best equipment and best prices for over 20 years. Spanco is
located on the edge of Pennsylvania's Amish country in Morgantown, PA.
From this location their specially trained technical sales and engineering
staff work to ensure efficient customer service, quality production, and
on-time delivery. The company has sales offices in Canada and Mexico.
Spanco is a closely held family corporation. There are approximately
Spanco's network configuration consisted of a Novell file server and
seven NT workstations including a 3D CAD/CAM system that writes large
files concurrently. The server receives heavy daily use by engineers
who are designing the cranes and heavy lifting equipment that the company
manufactures. Their Novell file server was costly to maintain and would
break periodically and they understood that Linux could provide a low
maintenance solution. Spanco wanted to decrease the costly down time
associated with their current network configuration and increase their
overall efficiency and productivity. Spanco was looking for a solution
that was reliable, cost effective and scalable.
After an initial on-site visit to Spanco to assess their current
situation, LinuxForce recognized Spanco's needs to meet intense
competitive demands and to reduce cost. LinuxForce submitted a
written proposal including the file server hardware, configuration,
and integration with Spanco's engineering workstations.
LinuxForce installed and configured a Linux file and print server and
successfully migrated all of Spanco's file and print services to Linux.
By installing two 18 GB disks in a RAID-1 array, they were able to exceed
the scalability demands that future use of the CAD software might impose.
All seven NT workstations were configured to connect to the server and
access the file and print services. A 12/24 GB DDS-3 DAT tape backup
drive was also installed to archive mission critical data for historical
purposes and as backup. A CD writer was installed to support burning
CDs as a more permanent backup solution and also as a means to prepare
custom CDs for customers and suppliers. Included in the solution was
the training of Spanco's personnel in the utilization of Samba file and
print services management.
Migrating to a Linux solution reduces the total cost of ownership through
lower maintenance costs. The savings incurred can be allocated to other
areas of a department. With the assistance of LinuxForce, Spanco migrated
seamlessly from a Novell server to a Linux server environment allowing
for increased support. The benefits of a Linux operating system include
multitasking, virtual memory, a reliable and efficient TCP/IP stack and
multiuser capabilities. Linux runs in full protected mode and supports
32- and 64-bit architectures. Spanco's migration to Linux placed them on
the forefront of leading edge technology. The implementation of a Linux
solution provides the platform upon which the company can adopt further
low maintenance solutions for all lines of business, thus increasing
productivity and sales.
"Spanco, Inc. has installed a Linux file and print server in our
Engineering Department. The system was built and installed by LinuxForce,
Inc. LinuxForce treated us professionally with a special emphasis on
personal service. LinuxForce's staff made our entrance into the Linux
arena a positive one."
-- Vincent J. Finley