Courts boosts stores' connectivity

Furniture retailer Courts has rolled out IP-based networks to its 116 UK stores.

Furniture retailer Courts has rolled out IP-based networks to its 116 UK stores.

By switching from its old ISDN dial-up connection Courts expects to save at least £100,000 a year and enjoy an eight-fold increase in bandwidth across its wide area network.

Mark Gamlin, Courts' voice and data network manager, said, "Traffic across the network peaks at the end of the business day, when the IT system polls each of the stores to tell them to dial back and download their trading data.

"Before we switched to IP-based networks we were running more than 120 ISDN connections. Data volumes were going up and up, as was the cost, and we were in real danger of running out of bandwidth."

Courts used the SwitchIP product from InPurple and was able to integrate it into the company's existing network. Courts overlaid SwitchIP across its existing network without having to take out any legacy equipment.

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