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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 : - Web : Tel : +44 (0)845 145 7777 - Fax : +44 (0)845 145 1777 Case Study Circle Managed Private Networks & Colocation The challenge Circle was formed when the Circle 33 housing group merged with the Anglia housing group in July 2005. The new organisation had numerous legacy network connections and service providers. In addition, smaller satellite offices responsible for providing housing assistance to elderly people in 3,374 properties were not connected to the network. With urgent demand from employees and resident scheme managers for greater access to centralised information that would enable them to be more productive, Circle turned to Claranet in 2006 to implement an MPLS network. The new network connected the majority of its sites and delivered enhanced network performance, along with a range of other benefits, such as enabling extensive use of IP-based video conferencing. Also, with Claranet as the sole service provider, the network was simpler and easier to manage. However, as Circle went on to experience further growth - both organically and through acquisition - it found itself again working with a range of service providers. This, combined with requirements for even better network performance and traffic visibility, meant that in 2010 Circle put out a new tender for a consolidated MPLS network to connect over 200 sites. The tender also prescribed increased security for on-site servers hosting the organisation's websites and applications as an important requirement. Circle Circle's team of more than 2,200 staff manages 63,000 homes, and provides a range of responsive care, support and maintenance services for around 200,000 people across the UK. On top of general needs, sheltered and supported housing, Circle's homes include key worker accommodation, shared ownership, market rent and private sale properties. Its mission is to enhance the life chances of its residents by providing great homes and reliable services, and building sustainable communities. Circle partnered with Mercian Housing Association and Merton Priory Homes on 1 October 2009 and 22 March 2010 respectively. This took the number of its partnerships to 12. Circle and its partners now manage homes across London, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Kent, Surrey, Essex and the West Midlands. New MPLS network delivers savings of £130,000 to Circle Challenge: Consolidating legacy network connections & multiple providers Requirement for: Centralised information and access, better network performance & visibility, increased security for on-site servers Solution delivered: Consolidated MPLS network to over 200 sites, with greater redundancy Tangible benefit: annual saving of £130,000 Housing Association, Circle, consolidates hosting and network infrastructure with Claranet to save £130,000 per annum

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