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Middletons Simplifies Network Move With Nortel Solutions

  • 23 March, 2007 10:40

<p>SYDNEY - High-profile Australian commercial law firm Middletons has specified network switching solutions from Nortel to ensure the reliability of its new infrastructure following the relocation of its Melbourne offices.</p>
<p>Stackable Nortel switches were selected as part of a new secure, always-on configuration that supports a multi-vendor environment of blade servers, PBXs and desktops for 250 users. The switches can be used to connect multi-vendor IP phones, secure wireless access points, network cameras, security and lighting devices, and access control devices, and feature the latest Nortel resiliency and security technology.</p>
<p>"Like any business that depends on its network for business-critical communications, we had to ensure our Melbourne users were up and running as soon as they returned to work after the move," says Terry Bohan, technology services manager, Middletons. "We were pulling apart a network that hasn't seen much disruption in 17 years and putting it back together in 48 hours, so we took the opportunity to upgrade the core infrastructure with products we knew would just work as advertised and give us the functionality we needed to grow our business."</p>
<p>"Networks can be made to look far more complex than they should, but in reality they can be made very simple and very reliable with components that don't compromise on features or performance," says Mark Stevens, president, Australia and New Zealand, Nortel. "With customers of every size across a wide range of vertical markets we sell and configure dozens of networks tailored to suit a wide range of business scenarios, but the basic principle of simple, reliable connectivity from point A to point B is the same in each case."
The Nortel solution for Middletons comprises a series of Ethernet Routing Switch 5510s, layer 3 routing switches designed to provide high-density Gigabit desktop connectivity to mid-size and large enterprises.</p>
<p>The switches feature Nortel-pioneered Distributed MultiLink Trunking (DMLT) meaning trunked ports can span multiple units across the stack for fail-safe connectivity to mission critical servers and the network centre. They also allow for bandwidth to be used more efficiently, optimising existing network resources and capabilities, and provide packet classification and marking at the edge of the network, simplifying the Quality of Service (QoS) deployment at the aggregation and core of the network.</p>
<p>Middletons is also taking the opportunity to deploy Nortel's Wireless Security Switch 2360 and wireless access points across the Melbourne campus.</p>
<p>"We had to work to very tight timeframes to relocate the network and configure the mix of new and old equipment, but the equipment we chose made that job much easier than it sounds," says Bohan. "Murphy's Law we had users complaining of login problems almost immediately, but instead of the switches being faulty we realised the cables weren't plugged in, and had the entire floor up and running again in five minutes!"</p>
<p>The Middletons relocation was completed in late January.</p>

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