The separate DSL lines were the best solution for a number of years, and were replaced by fibre as the bandwidth requirement grew, but with the continued growth Shine realised that its own network became the most efficient solution.
In order to meet these needs with the necessary security precautions in place the IT Manager at Shine and FluidOne worked together to develop this network. This was the most cost effective solution that could be customised to meet all the security requirements. To begin with, FluidOne created a point to multi point solution to allow every site to communicate with each other using a mixture of aggregated DSL, Fibre and P2P services.
As the business grew, the connectivity became more critical to the business and resiliency became a must. A new redundant network was built as a single layer 3 MPLS instance, with layer 3 failover onto backup DSL circuits, linking to the existing network at 3 Centro colocation with active Firewall’s. The upgrade of every site was done out of hours to reduce of impact of any disruption to the business.
As the speed and reliability issues were addressed at each site with the new lines, Shine has moved its UK support portions of the network onto a FluidOne PWAN. This was the final stage of the project that allowed a common approach for how the various segments interacted with each other. A standardised hub and spoke approach inside an MPLS network has greatly simplified both the day-to-day maintenance and the addition of new sites.
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