The Circle Agency operate 2 buildings in Reading (the Head Office and a warehouse) and each have their own leased line providing data connectivity. Connexion had worked with The Circle Agency for 5 years, supporting (amongst other things) their IT infrastructure and had configured a Virtual Private Network (VPN) between the 2 sites to allow for low level data connectivity between them.
However, as the IT requirements of The Circle Agency grew, a Disaster Recovery system was implemented which mirrored system critical data between the 2 sites. This in turn led to a massive increase in data moving between the 2 sites via the VPN and dramatically reduced the performance of the network in both buildings as a whole.
The Circle Agency looked at upgrading the leased lines in both buildings to improve performance but it would have meant big increases in cost for both lines that would need to be paid every year. Connexion proposed a wireless networking solution instead.
Cost Effective Wireless Networking Solution
Connexion could install wireless point-to-point networking to cover the 2 kilometres between the separate buildings, meaning that both of the previously independent networks could now effectively operate as one. The old VPN could be removed and any data travelling between the 2 systems, including the high bandwidth Disaster Recovery information, could now move across the wireless link rather than via the VPN across the internet. It also had the added advantage of being more secure as any data shared between the 2 systems could be sent directly rather than via the internet.
And best of all, the one-off cost for installing and configuring the new wireless connectivity was around the same as operating the 2 upgraded leased lines for a year, meaning that the wireless system would effectively pay for itself after a year as there would be no further ongoing costs.