Manufacturer of lighting equipment and components
Enhancing WAN productivity and reducing costs through the efficient use of links and dynamic flow control.
The company was in the process of expanding business not only in the Tokyo Metropolitan area, but also in rural areas.
The firm purchased multiple plants and turned them into subsidiaries to gain control over companies that were developing
LED technology, as well as expand production capacity.
Due to the rapid expansion of business, however, the company's inter-office WAN started to show symptoms of problems. Specifically, the company's management resources were under pressure due to the skyrocketing cost of the link and its management. In addition, communication quality began to deteriorate due to the excessive load on the overall WAN system.
The company's overall business processing capacity was negatively impacted due to data bottlenecks caused by
congestion on the WAN. The company considered using the redundant backup links implemented as a measure against system
failure to ease congestion on the jammed-up main links, but the idea was not feasible.
The company was also weighed down by the large number of network switches being used due to the expansion of the WAN. The firm's information system department had started to become overwhelmed by managing the increasingly complex system, especially in the light of increased use of the cloud and data centers. Whenever new offices opened and internal organizational changes were made, the workload exceeded the capacity of the IT staff, and the department was forced to request vendors to dispatch network experts to help. Accordingly, workloads and management costs kept growing.
NEC's WAN Connection Optimization for Offices and Data Centers Solution allowed the customer to use both the main and
backup links as a collective active link and thereby dramatically reduce communication costs. In addition, this solution
utilized route control to boost usage rates of links and bandwidth. This led to more efficient communication using the
same capacity links.
Another major advantage of the WAN Connection Optimization for Offices and Data Centers Solution is that it gave the customer the ability to control data flow in response to data types and traffic amounts. This enabled the overall WAN to be optimized and enhanced productivity by guaranteeing IT system link bandwidth during business hours and allowing bandwidth to be preferentially allocated for audio calls and teleconferencing.
With this solution, link bandwidths were maximized by dynamically and efficiently controlling data flow, while link costs were dramatically reduced by concurrently operating both the main link and the backup link.
NEC helped the company to consolidate its physical network resources (equipment and staff) and virtualize the network according to department and business. This in turn drastically reduced management workloads and cost. In addition, the company no longer needed many of its network switches, leading to the optimization of its WAN infrastructure and further cost cutting. Needless to say, the firm no longer needs vendors to dispatch staff to help alleviate an overwhelming workload.
Monitoring operations were also dramatically enhanced. The entire network became more visible with the introduction of operation tools that allow the monitoring of failures, traffic, and performance on both the physical and virtual networks. The new visualized GUI environment also made operations management easier and more efficient.