Federation Square upgrades to 10Gbps network

Federation Square upgrades to 10Gbps network

A reliable and secure network was required to eliminate outages that were caused by failing equipment in the legacy environment

Fed Square has upgraded its network infrastructure using Juniper equipment.

Fed Square is the manager of the Federation Square site in Melbourne.

The project increased bandwidth capacity from 100Mbps to 10Gbps and halved the site’s operational expenditure.

The deal was done via Juniper Elite partner, Alphawest.

It upgraded its network environment to increase the productivity of staff accessing applications on site remotely and to support bandwidth intensive multimedia applications, allowing large amounts of data and content to be moved in a short space of time. It also needed a more reliable and secure network to eliminate outages that were caused by failing equipment in the legacy environment.

The company installed switches from across the Juniper EX Series and the deployment also features SRX series gateways to provide an increased level of security and performance over its legacy firewall. A Juniper NSM (Network and Security Manager) appliance has been provisioned to help manage the overall network and save administration time.

Running JUNOS operating system across all devices has meant operational costs were halved as a result of reduced training, administration and network management.

Another key part of the network solution criteria for Fed Square was choosing a solution that supported VoIP.

“In a broadcast multimedia environment, we routinely move large files up to a terabyte between our graphics workstations, storage systems, and play-out servers. In tests between our old network and the new Juniper network, a 1.02Gb file transferred in 54.5 secs compared to 2:01 minutes,” Fed Square IT manager, Rory Murphy, said.

The increase in throughput has improved turn-around time when content is submitted to be aired on the screens around the site.

“Previously to update the infrastructure would mean logging into multiple devices separately. By having a central point for managing the entire infrastructure, the time saved is half a day a week,” Murphy said.

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