Sports goods manufacturer Dunlop Slazenger is aiming to cut its network overheads by 70% by deploying a virtual network across its European operations.
Under a rolling three-year contract worth £250,000, virtual network operator Sirocom will implement a DSL network across Dunlop Slazenger’s eight European sites. The implementation is forecast to reduce network expenditure across the group by up to 70% a year within two years. Because of one-off initial costs, the first year saving will be about 30%.
The savings come from Sirocom’s ability to buy bandwidth from a range of network operators around the world, rather than dealing with a single provider in each country.
By implementing multiprotocol label switching, Sirocom said it could guarantee failsafe bandwidth for high-speed delivery of business-critical applications, and capacity that rises with demand.
“It was inevitable that we would have to change our ageing Frame Relay wide area network,” said Dave Thornton, European IS director at Dunlop Slazenger International. “It worked, but was expensive, slow and inflexible. We knew it was time to embrace a next-generation network – it was just a question of who was best for the job.”
A key factor in choosing Sirocom to design, implement and manage the network was the flexibility of the virtual network operator model, Thornton said. “We could easily open sites in the US or the Philippines through this deal. It is all set up, and we would not have to go through a long-winded process.”
Similarly, Dunlop Slazenger could buy extra bandwidth on demand. “If we decided to start using voice over IP more than we already do, this would give us the bandwidth to do it,” Thornton said.
The firm was no more exposed to network failure or security risk compared to working with a single provider, Thornton said. “I have had experience with a single provider and that model is no better. You rely on their ability to shout at people at a local level [if there are problems].”