Upgrading a company’s network infrastructure



Businesses no matter their size depend heavily on communications for their daily operations to proceed without disruption, internal communications among departments and employees, and external with suppliers and customers. A network infrastructure is the backbone of a company’s communications and  connects all the various  hardware components and software applications together by allowing them to interact seamlessly with each other. The network infrastructure scale is usually in proportion to the size of an organisation, with larger organizations having networks that span large premises and multiple sites.


Some companies may sometimes be hesitant to invest in network upgrades because of the expense and labour this process involves. However, an outdated network can greatly hinder productivity and ultimately result in an even costlier situation, not to mention inferior service to one’s customers. So making an investment in modernizing an organization’s current infrastructure is absolutely vital


Simonds Farsons Cisk plc have recently completed the upgrade of their network infrastructure by replacing their old core switches with HP enterprise campus switches. The backbone connectivity of their infrastructure was initially based on gigabit technology, which by current technological standards was not sufficient to meet all the Brewery’s requirements. In addition each switch forming part of the backbone had to be managed separately, making changes to the configuration a costly exercise.

Design of New Solution

In view of this scenario, Megabyte Ltd. designed a tailor made solution based on the latest HP Chassis Core switches. The new solution  replaced the existing backbone with an HP 10504 core switch at each data center providing a total aggregate bandwidth of 40Gb/s between data centers running on separate optic fiber links. This link offered twenty times more backbone connectivity. Both chassis are running in Intelligent Resilient Fabric (IRF) mode. With HP IRF technology, the HP 10500 Switch Series can be virtualized across four chassis with a single management interface—enabling flatter, more agile networks. With this feature the Brewery can manage both switches as one switch simplifying the administration of the backbone.


The HP 10500 Switch Series includes a high-speed fully distributed next-generation architecture that simplifies large-scale switching architecture, reduces possible fault points, and provides greater defense capabilities. It also includes a robust set of security and quality of services features to build a highly trusted network that meets your ever-changing corporate policies and compliances.


HP has focused their investment into its networking product division and today by using open standards, software-defined networking and automation, it outperforms its competition. Only recently HP acquired Aruba Network for a transaction value of USD 3 billion, creating a leader in enterprise mobility, positioning HP to enable and accelerate the enterprise transition to a converged campus network.  

Business Productivity, Security and Reliability

Simonds Farsons Cisk’s decision to invest in the upgrade of their network infrastructure has allowed them to provide enough switching capacity to meet the demands of bandwidth-intensive applications today and in the future. Given this recent project and other developments in their IT infrastructure, they are now able to manage two data centers both interconnected with fiber and utilizing virtualized technology. Now they have a backbone which can complement the investment made in the datacenters since users can be connected to IT resources in a fully redundant mode, meaning more security and reliability.

Megabyte and HP have provided a reliable solution which has remarkably boosted their main server infrastructure and enabled them to be on the forefront of technological development.

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