Case Study – Cloud-based Wireless Network

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Cloud-based, WLAN Solution on VMware Delivers Critical Connectivity & Cost Savings – Seamlessly Across All Manufacturing Locations

“neteffect technologies proposed and implemented ADTRAN’s vWLAN solution, deployed as a virtual machine on VMware, allowing us to move into the realm of network virtualization which resulted in significant cost reduction and operational benefits.”

LD, Director of IT

The Challenge

The Solution

The Benefit

A 100+ year old manufacturing and service company partnered with neteffect technologies when its existing hardware-controller-based solution could not be easily expanded or efficiently managed to ensure consistent connectivity across geographically disbursed locations. Its legacy solution was not scalable and did not provide adequate or reliable coverage. Upgrading to the next controller model was costly, because it required a complete forklift replacement.

A managed service solution was devised utilizing Adtran’s cloud-based Virtual Wireless LAN solution on VMware with Bluesocket 802.11n access points. Thus, the client was able to achieve corporate-wide, consistent Wi-Fi connectivity across all locations, with centralized control and management, within a high-availability configuration.

Adtran’s vWLAN solution delivered exceptional coverage and reliability to enable scanning, label printing, and real-time data collection, thereby increasing productivity throughout the manufacturing process. The high-availability configuration ensures anytime, mission-critical Wi-Fi access and remote site survivability.

Hardware-based Architecture Makes Challenging Wi-Fi Environment

The client’s legacy hardware-controller-based wireless LAN solution posed various challenges, including the inability to centrally control and manage the system, fragmented systems in remote locations, inadequate access-point coverage, unreliable performance, lack of scalability, and the cost of a full forklift upgrade to a larger hardware controller. The client realized that the hardware-controller-based solution could not meet its current needs or scale to meet its future demands. The troublesome hardware-based architecture barred the client from providing seamless, steadfast Wi-Fi access across all of its locations, and therefore hindered efficiency and productivity.

Wi-Fi Virtualization = Freedom from Challenges

neteffect technologies’ solution, using Adtran’s Virtual Wireless LAN (vWLAN), fixed the cross-location connectivity issues and centralized control, which resulted in more scalability and better coverage. Designed on the premise that the same benefits of server virtualization can be brought to the Wi-Fi network, the vWLAN solution leverages virtualization to solve critical capacity and scaling burdens, and provides substantial additional benefits facilitated by a virtualized environment. The vWLAN solution virtualizes user-control and device-management functions onto software that runs on a virtual machine (VM), thereby eliminating the need for hardware-based controllers within the wireless network.

Increased Scaling and Capacity

The client, which was already utilizing VMware managed services, implemented neteffect technologies’ recommendation: a wireless LAN managed service powered by Adtran’s cloud-based vWLAN solution on VMware and Bluesocket 802.11n access points. This solution was chosen in part because it is certified as VMware Ready and helped the client build upon its existing VMware-based virtualization strategy.

Technology Empowering Manufacturing

Ultimately, the client achieved corporate-wide, fault-tolerant Wi-Fi connectivity across all locations, and also gained enormous scalability and simplified administration through centralized, cloud-based control and management. With exceptional Wi-Fi coverage and performance, the client enabled scanning, label printing, and real-time data collection, and attributed these new technologies to increasing productivity throughout its manufacturing process.

Case Study – Expanding Cloud Offerings with FlexPod Datacenter with All Flash FAS

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To improve performance and capacity for its internal applications and netCare cloud service offering, neteffect technologies implemented FlexPod Datacenter with All Flash FAS. With the power of flash, neteffect transformed its business, improving its customer experience and expanding its service offerings to include best-in-class disaster recovery at an affordable price.

DELIVERING IT SOLUTIONS FOR THE BUSINESS

For more than 25 years, neteffect technologies has gotten ahead by standing out. The company sets itself apart from its competition by turning the traditional approach to managed services on its head.

“We don’t just sell products, we sell solutions,” explains John Campbell, chief technology officer of neteffect. “We start by understanding our customers’ business goals and creating custom solutions that blend on-premises IT and cloud services to help them meet those goals.”

FLEXPOD WITH AFF: A HYBRID APPROACH

As neteffect grew, it needed an IT solution that could scale both performance and capacity for its internal applications and its external netCare cloud offering. “We’d used many solutions in the past that were supposed to be dynamic and expandable, but we quickly reached their limitations, which threatened to affect our sales efforts,” Campbell says.

Campbell worked closely with NetApp and partner Tego Data Systems to implement a hybrid FlexPod solution that applies both AFF and FAS storage. FlexPod with AFF provides high performance for the company’s internal infrastructure and its netCare cloud service. FlexPod with FAS provides reliability for the company’s backup, archive, and disaster recovery services.

AN AGILE FOUNDATION FOR GROWTH

The FlexPod validated design and modular scalability give neteffect the agility to respond quickly to the demands of its internal users and cloud customers. Campbell’s team can easily scale performance and capacity independently by nondisruptively adding controllers and disk shelves as needed.

“We’re going to get a lot of longevity out of this platform,” says Campbell. “By combining NetApp storage with Cisco UCS servers, we can achieve enormous densities on our cloud platform. That means we can run more services on the same amount of hardware with a whole lot more performance.”

BETTER PERFORMANCE FOR NO ADDED COST

With FlexPod with AFF, internal applications now run up to 10 times faster than they did before, boosting productivity and efficiency. Maintenance windows have shrunk from hours to minutes, so it takes fewer resources to migrate virtual machines and spin up new systems.  That fact translates to significant cost savings that neteffect can pass on to customers.

“Through FlexPod with AFF, we’ve been able to improve our customer experience,” Campbell states. “Unlike our competitors, we start you with flash and give you the option of moving less-demanding workloads down to tier 2 storage. The improved speed and efficiency of our infrastructure mean that we can give customers the extra performance of flash at no additional cost.”

EVOLVING THE BUSINESS WITH NEW OFFERINGS

With help from NetApp and Tego, neteffect discovered that it could expand its solution offerings to provide cost-effective disaster recovery (DR) services built on best-in-class technology. Rather than build and manage their own secondary DR sites, customers can now replicate data to neteffect’s archival storage tier. If there is an outage, they can be up and running on neteffect’s FlexPod based cloud offering in an instant. “Their users never have to know that there was a problem,” says Campbell. “It doesn’t get better than that.”

As an added benefit, customers with NetApp storage in their primary environments can use NetApp native replication tools to eliminate the need for expensive third-party replication software. This cost savings can be significant, making DR an affordable option for more of neteffect’s customers.

“NetApp and Tego have helped us think strategically about how we can use technology to transform our business and better meet the needs of our customers,” Campbell adds. “As the industry changes, that relationship will help us stay a step ahead.”


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