Aruba partner rolls out high-speed network for start-up incubator
- 11 December, 2017 23:30
VostroNet has revamped the network of River City Labs at Fortitude Valley, providing high-speed internet solutions through Aruba technology.
The Brisbane-based provider installed its own fibre and copper cable on-site, accompanied by 14 Aruba Wi-Fi access points, in a bid to resolve ongoing connectivity issues for the start-up incubator.
As a not-for-profit incubator, River City Labs operates as a central hub for Australia’s emerging technology entrepreneurs, providing internet capabilities to the start-ups leveraging the organisation’s facilities.
But in growing rapidly to more than 250 users during peak times, the previous network infrastructure was unable to support such high demand.
“There was constant feedback regarding frequent drop-outs, speed issues, interference with other Wi-Fi in the precinct and others leaching access due to Wi-Fi password complexity,” River City Labs CEO Peta Ellis said.
“At River City Labs we are home to over 100 tech entrepreneurs who require superior quality connectivity to operate their businesses on a daily basis.”
But with the previous network layout unable to meet changing requirements, River City Labs tasked VostroNet with conducting a network and Wi-Fi analysis to provide a solution for the site.
An on-site survey and assessment confirmed the four access points that were present were inadequate to provide the service that is required.
Consequently, new Aruba IAP 215 access points with 802.11ac were installed and clustered together to provide a “seamless handoff”.
“New wired infrastructure - Aruba 2930F switches - has replaced the basic switching to provide layer two separation between each device with private vLans,” a spokesperson for VostroNet said.
“This protects individuals from potential broadcast storms, open port scanning and data comm zero-day venerabilities.”
Finally, VostroNet then introduced a network appliance for user management, QoS and device management queuing to provide stable sustainable internet to each user, ensuring fair distribution of available bandwidth.
“All together they provided significant improvements in the network performance and dramatically increase security,” Ellis said.
Going forward, Ellis said the solution will allow River City Labs to experience new levels of high internet speeds and performance, as well as catering for future customer growth.
The incubator is the latest building to adopt VostroNet’s network services, with members now experiencing uninterrupted, fast connectivity throughout the facility.
“We are looking forward to working with VostroNet as their track record of delivering consistent quality internet and supporting infrastructure is very high,” Ellis added.