One of the UK’s biggest trade unions has chosen a managed IP virtual private network that will provide bandwidth-hungry applications such as video conferencing.
The GMB general union went through technology integrator IPI, who appointed network provider Fibernet to link the union’s 15 main sites including its head office in London and its data centre in Glasgow.
The voice, data and video traffic is being carried over Fibernet’s own national fibre network and is protected by network technology called MPLS, which makes sure that users do not suffer from dropped packets of data, something that can be a severe problem when video conferencing is concerned.
Jonathan Mayo, IPI managing director, comments, “Fibernet’s solution demonstrated flexibility and resilience – a managed service which would also provide significant cost savings.”
All the sites are doubled protected from any network failures thanks to dual connections to the main network, said Mayo. The link from the London head office to the Glasgow data centre is 10 megabits per second – enough for the day-to-day business of a trade union, and, on Fibernet’s network, a lot cheaper than a dedicated leased line from other suppliers.
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