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DateWednesday, June 23, 2010
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Interfusion Wins WAN Deal With HSA

New Interfusion/Riverbed WAN Cuts HSA WAN Costs By 30%




 L-R: Barry Young, Systems Security and Telecoms Manager, HSA; Andrew Allen, Head of ICT, HSA; and  Steve Mac Nicholas, Managing Director, Interfusion

The Irish Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has invested in a new Wide Area Network (WAN) solution from Interfusion Networks,which has cut its networking costs by 30%, as well as increasing the bandwidth available to its offices around the country.



Interfusion is a Dublin-based Telecoms Services company that provides managed Wide Area Network (WAN), Internet and Security Services into the Enterprise and Government markets.



The company is  recognised as a leading provider in the provision of Multi Protocol Label Switching (MPLS)-based Wide Area Network solutions.



Ireland's Health and Safety Authority is the state body responsible for promoting safety, health and welfare for those at work,  and for providing information and advice to employers and employees. Headquartered in Dublin, the HSA has seven regional offices located around the country.



It's Workplace Contact Unit (WCU) is a helpdesk resource for employers, employees and members of the public. WCU is the primary contact point for people reporting serious injuries and fatalities, and for those making  complaints and obtaining health and safety information in workplaces. The Authority's Wide Area Network (WAN) links allows staff both in headquarters and the regional offices to answer calls.



The Authority's WAN is the backbone of the organisation's distributed ICT infrastructure, and an integral part of the WCU. There are approximately 200 users on the network and, as the organisation and its ICT requirements evolve, a scalable solution is essential.


ROUNDUP330.pngThe Authority initially had a WAN that was based on the legacy Eircom Frame relay network that had been  upgraded to the Eircom BIP (Business IP) network.



During 2009, the Authority engaged in cost cutting initiatives across the spectrum of its ICT services and a review of its WAN infrastructure was undertaken.


Bandwidth demand had increased significantly to support the growing organisation and higher levels of traffic on the distributed network.


Interfusion managing director Steve Mac Nicholas, said: "The Authority's applications are hosted centrally, to allow for significant cost savings in deployment and maintenance. This centralised infrastructure while simpler to manage does require significant bandwidth to support the traffic across the WAN.  Our challenge was to upgrade the bandwidth while reducing the cost," he explained .



HSA Systems Security and Telecoms Manager Barry Young said: "I was conscious that along with the driving factor of increased bandwidth at reduced cost, the HSA would require a number of additional elements before this transition could take place. Reliable resilience, seamless changeover, Quality of Service capability and a solid Service Level Agreement were key elements to the project."



As all regional offices' VoIP, Video conferencing, Web browsing and File access traffic go through the HSA Head Office in Dublin, it was imperative that the HSA had a reliable series of links with affordable, dependable failover that could be properly managed, monitored and supported no matter what time of day.



"Interfusion was able to tick all of the appropriate boxes and come in with the cheapest quote, allowing us to implement with confidence the much needed upgrade and future proofing of the HSA's WAN infrastructure at a fraction of our current running costs. A higher gain at a lower cost, it was win/win," adds Young.



After a thorough tender process by the Health and Safety Authority, Interfusion Networks was awarded the project, and proposed its Nethop Multi Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) solution in conjunction with the Riverbed WAN optimisation solution as an alternative to the BIP network.


Interfusion's Nethop platform utilises a hybrid of access technologies which include private ADSL, SDSL, Licensed Microwave and Fibre to build a secure Wide Area Network that offers increased bandwidths and a fully managed service for substantially less cost.



For the Authority the MPLS network is built in multiple tiers, with 100Mb Metro Ethernet over fibre servicing the Dublin Head Office and a Disaster Recovery site in Kilkenny.



Thanks to the new solution, the annual costs for the network are now 30% less than  in previous years, yet the bandwidth speeds into each site have been increased. Other important benefits of the project are scalability, ease of migration and the fact that the new solution will enable outsourcing and distributed collaboration for the Authority.



Interfusion is a hybrid virtual network operator that has built and operates a Next Generation Network (NGN). By utilising a combination of access technologies, it can offer clients a bespoke WAN solution utilising Metro Ethernet, Licensed Microwave, Private SDSL, Private ADSL and 3G APN services for its various business locations.



Using its own network nodes, Interfusion provides complete, end-to-end managed network solutions, including all equipment, services, IP ports and local loop access required to deliver the customer solution, enabling customers to seamlessly link their branch and mobile locations.



Since its creation in 2001, Interfusion has developed its technical infrastructure to deliver cost effective and managed secure connectivity to medium and large enterprises in Ireland and the UK.


Pictured: L-R: Barry Young, Systems Security and Telecoms Manager, HSA; Andrew Allen, Head of ICT, HSA; and

Steve Mac Nicholas, Managing Director, Interfusion



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