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Removals company dumps frame relay, picks up metro Ethernet

Voice & Data magazine staff

Kent Transport Industries, one of Australia’s largest removals and storage companies, has adopted a metro ethernet WAN, replacing an existing frame-relay network with a.

WAN access is vital for Kent, as its offices and warehouses are spread across Australia and delivering the company’s high level of service requires constant access to a database that staff use to book and track jobs online, as well as to manage storage capacity and movements in its warehouses.

Kent’s IT manager, Craig Prestt, says the company wanted to move to a network infrastructure that could handle a great number of services, and handle them better than the existing frame-relay infrastructure could. “We were looking for a network infrastructure solution that would provide a higher quality of service across the WAN and that could also support voice, video and data-intensive applications,” Prestt says. “Our existing frame-relay network simply didn’t offer these benefits.”

Upgrading the existing network was simply not an option, he adds: “Network additions were slow and costly and the capacity didn’t allow us to take advantage of newer bandwidth-hungry applications.”

Kent therefore signed a contract with Uecomm for the supply of a managed router solution and 1:1 ethernet services across Kent’s entire WAN, including six regional six offices in Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Townsville, Canberra and NT, as well

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as its major Sydney office and Melbourne headquarters.

Fibre will be deployed to the two major offices in Melbourne and Sydney, with the regional offices connected via a mixture of SHDSL, ADSL and E1 links.

This will give Kent a bandwidth of 16 Mbps, up from the previous 2 Mbps.

Presst seems impressed by the new system: “Put simply, the Uecomm WAN has provided greater capacity and resilience at a lower cost,” he says.

Kent has plans to make its Sydney office a redundant site for its head office, allowing for greater resiliency and also the ability to transfer more data between sites. To facilitate this plan, the new system includes the installation of fibre and an internet VLAN which helps to separate the internet and applications traffic at layer two.

The increased bandwidth from the new system will also allow Kent to progress with its plans to implement a records management system, enabling the business to transfer its hard copy documents to electronic copies, reducing the paper trail and streamlining record keeping and accessing of data. The new CRM program and storage area network application will consist of more than 8000 file transfers per day, which requires fast and reliable access across the entire WAN.