Network integrator looks to future needs

Network integrator looks to future needs

Sydney network integrator Autodata Solutions has recently helped its customer, superannuation and investment services group AM Corporation, with a migration strategy to move from an FDDI backbone to a Gigabit Ethernet network.

Its in-house knowledge of AM Corporation's environment and its ability to provide specialised integration services around Layer 4 switching are what John Dale, network integration manager for Autodata Solutions, credits with being the reason it was chosen by the customer.

`From an engineering point of view, we were the logical choice, I suppose, to provide the consulting services to do the migration plan.'

Dale said design was a major part of the project, centring around the migration of FDDI, retaining existing infrastructure investments and putting together a solution which provided AM Corporation with the minimum change initially, but the maximum opportunity for change in the future.

Part of the brief for the project was setting up an infrastructure which allowed AM Corporation to be able to later take up options like voice over IP, application-level switching and quality of service.

`We have also discussed with them load balancing, so they can have more than one server,' said Dale.

The whole process took about four months, including the design phase, which involved assessing which would be the best solution for the environment.

The project was worth $50,000 to Autodata Solutions.

It is not a one-off project for the network integrator either. Dale said Autodata Solutions has an ongoing relationship with AM Corporation providing services and implementation design.

According to Oliver Murphy, IT Operations & Infrastructure Manager at AM Corporation: `We had traditionally used Cisco in the WAN environment, and the migration to Cabletron WAN equipment was an easy choice. The SmartSwitch Router command language is very similar to Cisco's, which meant our staff didn't have to be retrained.'

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