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New MPLS network delivers savings of 130,000 pounds to Circle

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Claranet Ltd - 21 Southampton Row - London WC1B 5HA - UK Email : business@claranet.co.uk - Web : www.claranet.co.uk Tel : +44 (0)845 145 7777 - Fax : +44 (0)845 145 1777 Case Study Circle Managed Networks & Hosting The solution Circle is bound by regulations that require a comprehensive review of the market before the selection of a supplier. As such, tender responses from twelve service providers were received and reviewed before Claranet was selected, against high quality competition, as the association's preferred core networking provider. Claranet's solution was a new network that would link over 200 sites with ADSL connectivity and feed into the core MPLS network. The network would replace legacy point-to- point topology with a hub-and-spoke design, which offers greater redundancy to protect against any points of failure. Additionally, the network would connect twelve offices with diverse routes to provide resiliency, ensuring performance and uptime of Circle's network. Claranet's solution also involved moving Circle's existing servers to Claranet's data centre facility. By doing this, Circle would benefit from better security and reduced risk, as vital applications and information would be hosted off-site in a more stable, secure environment. The results "This was a big project," said James Pitt, head of infrastructure at Circle. "It took 18 months to migrate to the new network. Yet despite the complexity of the implementation, the Claranet team was a dream to work with. What's different about Claranet is that they do what they say they're going to do, when they say they're going to do it. The team is up-front and easy to work with. We have constant access to engineers and project managers, as well as the senior management team." The networking and hosting solution from Claranet has already resulted in tangible benefits. By consolidating our suppliers and upgrading the network, we expect to realise an annual saving of £130,000, which is no small feat." James Pitt, Head of Infrastructure, Circle Claranet's network monitoring and analysis service, ClaraCare Vision, will also bring significant advantages to the organisation. According to James Pitt. "With ClaraCare Vision, we can manage bottlenecks and congestion on the network with ease. We can see exactly what applications are causing congestion and where this is happening. This means we can remedy problems far quicker than before, and in doing so, provide a better service to our users." Pitt concluded by saying: "Claranet have helped us through a significant period of growth, but this is just the first step in our journey. I look forward to working with such an innovative team to face our future challenges." For more information about Circle, please go to: www.circle.org.uk New MPLS network delivers savings of £130,000 to Circle

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