Global market research firm The NPD Group, Inc.; civil, commercial and industrial contractor PCL Constructors Inc.; and cable internet company VOO all faced challenges accessing Big Data and performing business intelligence, which hindered innovation and stalled future growth potential. For these organisations, deriving actionable business value from data through advanced analytics was a slow process, due to bandwidth limitations of aged networks.
Based in Port Washington, New York, NPD Group provides global information and advisory services to help clients make better business decisions, track markets, understand their end consumers and drive profitable growth. Big Data is the foundation of NPD Group's research, which is focused on retail tracking and consumer sentiment. Reliable access to timely data through advanced analytics is essential for NPD Group to remain competitive.
As client demand for real-time, complex analysis increased, NPD Group recognized the need for greater networking bandwidth to support the massive influx of information that is consistently aggregated for clients. To solve these challenges, NPD Group replaced its entire data centre network infrastructure with next-generation solutions from HP, taking only six months from design to full implementation.
"Big Data is the backbone of our business, however, it wasn't until the analytics demands of our clients rose that we realized we needed a system with more performance and better scalability", stated Avi Halutz, chief information officer, NPD Group. "The HP FlexNetwork architecture solutions, and excellent service fulfillment, have enabled us to process multiple terabytes of information on a daily basis, while the core switches are easier to configure and link to our existing infrastructure than those of competitors."
NPD Group deployed the HP 12508 Switch Series, HP 5900 Switch Series and HP 5120 Switch Series for their capability to scale seamlessly, enabling increased network bandwidth across NPD's data centre. NPD also chose the HP 6600 Router Series to boost network service delivery, while simplifying network management with HP Intelligent Management Center (IMC), a single-pane-of-glass application.
NPD Group also deployed HP StoreOnce D2D for disk-based data protection, and selected HP Foundation Care from HP Technology Services for implementation and reactive support of the enterprise network.
To improve security for its new data center, NPD Group added the HP TippingPoint NX 5200 Next Generation Intrusion Prevention System (NGIPS) and HP TippingPoint Security Management System (SMS). These solutions enable network security operations teams to locate and stop threats quickly and accurately, without slowing network traffic.
PCL Constructors of Alberta, Canada, understood the necessity to keep pace with its growing organisation and recognized the demand for a faster network to migrate a half petabyte of business-critical information from one location to another. To solve this challenge, PCL replaced its slow, outdated data centre network with HP technology to build an infrastructure that supports new applications and services for its users.
PCL is making increased demands on its IT Infrastructure - from custom applications such as business intelligence components to developing building information modelling (BIM) concepts by creating a virtual construction of a facility. PCL is meeting those demands with technology from HP that enables it to move large amounts of data around its network quickly and effectively.
"Our legacy infrastructure wasnt able to keep up with the ongoing demands of our 90-person IT staff, nor could they properly leverage the platform for data and applications", stated Colin Roberts, manager, Infrastructure Services, PCL Constructors Inc. "We looked at the market leaders for networking and chose to go with HP networking solutions as it was the best fit for our requirements. With this new platform, our network stability and scalability is unmatched. We value the strong business and technology partnership we have with HP and look forward to new technology innovations HP will bring us in the future."
HP partner Compugen Inc., headquartered in Ontario, Canada, helped PCL implement a 10GbE environment with HP 12518 Switch Series and integrated HP Intelligent Resilient Framework (IRF) virtualization technology, which delivered high performance and availability, as well as flexible deployment options for new services. PCL also deployed the HP 5500 Switch Series for robust switching capabilities at the access layer of its campus network, which accommodates the most demanding applications and provides resilient and secure connectivity.
PCL selected HP Technology Services' consulting and support services to provide the technical expertise and resources needed to streamline its networking infrastructure and realize the business value of its technology investments.
Based in Belgium, VOO struggled with merging business applications across its 13 segmented and diverse data centres, creating management complexity for the systems vital to the company's business operations.
To improve efficiency, save space and reduce costs, VOO consolidated its 13 data centres into two buildings. As part of the consolidation, the company adopted a dual-vendor networking strategy, replacing the data centre layer of its network infrastructure with HP FlexFabric switches. Based on open industry standards, HP switches interoperate seamlessly with existing legacy switches to deliver the highest levels of IT availability while reducing total cost of ownership.
Additionally, the data centres were equipped with HP IRF technology to ensure maximum IT availability, business continuity and disaster recovery.
"To deliver new high-speed services, we needed an available network capable of supporting business-critical applications like video on demand, voice over IP and SAP", stated Alexandre Goffard, head, Information Security and IT Network, VOO. "The switches from HP have radically simplified our network with a flat topology, making it easier to manage and, in turn, lowering our IT costs."
VOO also deployed HP 12508 Switch Series multiservice routing switches for rapid failover, full disaster recovery and 10GbE capability to manage future growth. VOO implemented the energy-efficient HP 5500 Switch Series with the latest traffic prioritization technology to ensure secure, resilient connectivity, and the HP 5900 Switch Series delivered the bandwidth necessary for high-speed communications.