Enterprises need efficient and reliable networks to equip them for the complex business requirements of the future. Austrian group illwerke vkw has recognised this fact. The group, one of the major energy suppliers and employers in the Vorarlberg region of Austria, has asked NextiraOne to plan and implement a MPLS-based network.
The MPLS technology which was chosen by NextiraOne acts as a virtual transport platform for all the company’s data and for its individual divisions. The platform allows the separation of core and access areas and also links the group’s individual business locations via IP using VPLS (Virtual Private LAN Service) and VPN (Virtual Private Network) technologies. In order to further improve the company’s network, NextiraOne installed a number of 10 Gigabit MPLS Core Routers, type 7600, supplied by Cisco in the illwerke vkw network nodes situated between Partenen and Bregenz, Austria.
The new network implemented by NextiraOne boasts an exceptionally high performance: all company data can be transmitted from one location to another accurately, redundantly and with excellent quality at an exceptionally high rate of 10 Gigabits. MPLS enables the targeted management of network traffic in respect of quality of service (QoS), traffic engineering and network security. This allows all the divisions and companies within the network to communicate more efficiently and helps the group to save time and money.
High levels of efficiency and the improved QoS are not the only benefits of the new, self-contained network, however. NextiraOne’s solution also allows the handling of each division separately from each other. This segmentation ensures that sensitive areas and company structures can be protected and controlled better in relation to each other.
By creating the "smaller networks in a large network" option via MPLS, the system stability of the whole IT infrastructure is increased. This is clearly shown by the fact that future changes in the network will only affect the specific area required and not the whole infrastructure, as in the past.
In order to ensure a smooth transition to the new network for all parties concerned, NextiraOne undertook thorough checking over a three-month test phase at full capacity. NextiraOne paid particular attention to generating and measuring the test traffic requested by the illwerke group. With excellent preparation, using experience gained from other projects and the strong expertise in networking the NextiraOne team was able to meet all the demanding acceptance values for the project.
Executives at illwerke vkw were impressed with the smooth implementation of the project and the numerous benefits of the new network: "NextiraOne has implemented a network that equips us for the many different business requirements of the future. With this solution that can be extended at any time, we now have a stable network which optimises our performance, increases efficiency, reduces costs and prepares us for future requirements", says Bernhard Morscher, Teamleader Networks of illwerke vkw.
This view is shared by Margarete Schramböck, CEO of NextiraOne Austria: “The NextiraOne team was able to convince illwerke vkw with our comprehensive network expertise. Our know-how, together with our local presence, was a pre-requisite for the comprehensive consultation and made possible the successful completion of the project.”