Netsync Lights and Energizes Utility Company’s Network
Reports of the death of this technology have been greatly exaggerated
While many have predicted that SD-WAN would spell the death knell for MPLS, it’s not true. Far from it, in fact. MPLS (Multi-Protocol Label Switching) is alive and well, not only as a long-ago implemented technology falling under the If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it label, but as one that’s being implemented every day, and with great results. One of Texas’ most noted utility providers falls into that category. However, their existing MPLS network needed to be augmented and modernized, which would allow local city services to operate their own emergency radio system on it. The customer knew that a project of this size and scope would require them to utilize a company with talented engineers and solutions architects, tenured project managers, and highly experienced field technicians. They wondered if one existed—until they met Netsync.
Immediate trust paves the way to ultimate solution
Netsync immediately gained the client’s trust
with their wealth of technological knowledge and empirical experience that
comes when you’ve designed, deployed and modernized MPLS networks for
organizations of all sizes and industries.
“And Netsync was the only vendor they met with that had a dedicated optical practice team comprised of experienced professionals and optical engineers who have worked with an array of optical platforms, including Cisco’s next-generation Networking Convergence System (NCS) and its Optical Networking System (ONS).”
After conducting interviews with the
customer’s key stakeholders, Netsync’s solutions architects designed a secure,
reliable, sustainable 10 Gbps MPLS network that not only adhered to their
budget, but would be fully deployed and thoroughly tested prior to their
required go-live date. The customer’s trust in Netsync had been validated. They
First comes Staging…
Each of the network devices arrived at Netsync’s staging and logistics facility, where it was
immediately tagged and documented. Burn-in testing was conducted on all assets,
and configurations and firmware were installed prior to shipment to the
customers’ locations. Each piece of equipment was shipped with required cabling
and arrived on site and ready for immediate deployment. Netsync’s experienced
field technicians installed, turned up and tested the entire solution.
…then comes the Solution
Netsync, which utilized the client’s existing fiber, deployed a Cisco Network Convergence System (NCS) with Cisco Aggregated Services (ASRs) Routers to provide a highly available network using an Ethernet handoff for the entire radio system.
Netsync configured, tested and deployed
over two dozen Cisco ASR 903 routers with dual 10 Gbps uplinks and 1 Gbps local
handoffs to support the new radios (The Cisco ASR 900 Series is a modular
aggregation platform that delivers cost-effective converged mobile, business
and residential services).
Netsync deployed dual Cisco ASR 9904 routers
from its 9900 Series to handle circuit terminations at its redundant data
centers (Cisco’s 9900 Series routers are the flagship platform for Layer 2 and
Layer 3 service terminations). In addition, Netsync installed and configured 2
Cisco ASR 9001-S routers at the customer’s data center to act as reflectors to greatly
reduce BGP routing traffic.
New, Better, Scalable and Less Expensive―must be a Netsync solution
By utilizing the customer’s existing
fiber, Netsync was able to not only deploy a dramatically better solution and
network, but do it while providing significant cost savings to both the
customer and other municipal organizations utilizing it. In addition, the
customer’s new, enhanced MPLS network supports the ability to provide service
to additional organizations, even ones located outside the city limits.