As the number of restaurants grew, FluidOne decided that a fully managed private wide area network (PWAN) was required to support the business. The WAN was in addition to the Wi-Fi networks in place at the restaurants.
The PWAN simplified management of the entire network by eliminating existing VPN tunnels. It also provided a single secure gateway enabling the disconnection of Carluccio’s own Internet firewall. This increased security along with the provision of an off site disaster recovery facility housed in Hemel Hempstead.
To prevent unnecessary down-time and resilience for the Wi-Fi connections, multiple carriers were provided over DSL lines into every UK store.
The PWAN will continue to grow with the business – as more restaurants open and as the business flourishes it will continue to become increasingly cost effective. By means of proactive management, FluidOne have made available the capacity to upgrade lines to newer technologies wherever available.
The flexibility of the network has meant that there is the provision of Fibre into the restaurant in Covent Garden, London allowing the split of bandwidth for data and voice. In addition, FluidOne has put in place a back-up leased line for Carluccio’s Islington location.
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