Network Ten and Ricoh IT Services
Significant cost savings, more efficient network
The Customer: Network Ten
Network Ten is one of Australia’s largest media companies, operating three free-to-air television channels in Australia’s five mainland metropolitan markets of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth.
Network Ten had a need to consolidate its five disparate networks into two converged Wide Area Networks (WANs). This project was conducted to save costs associated with running the network, to increase its capacity and performance and to mitigate risks.
This project presented a significant amount of difficulty due to Network Ten’s specific requirements for guaranteed service quality, unusual data traffic profiles, the large scale of the project and the dependence of Network Ten’s core business function on the 24x7 operation of the network.
The converged network would have to support critical and sensitive applications such as real-time on-air video, voice, video file transfers, telemetry and typical business applications. There was a need for strict quality of service to ensure there would be sufficient bandwidth between all sites at any given time to prevent dropped data for critical traffic.
Single VPLS network with gigabit access speeds to all studio sites in major cities across Australia
The Solution: Converged Services WAN
The three original networks were converged into a single VPLS network with gigabit access speeds to all studio sites in major cities across Australia. The two back-up networks were converged into a second similar VPLS network.
In its standard configuration, a single VLAN on a VPLS network was not a suitable option for Network Ten’s high volume of multiple-site drop sensitive data and voice traffic. To support Network Ten’s requirements, Ricoh IT Services needed to design a network that allowed for more granular control of traffic between any two sites.
“Ricoh IT Services designed a meshed point-to-point network to be overlayed on the VPLS network, producing a greater amount of traffic control between all sites. The overlay allowed the amount of bandwidth between any two sites to be controlled, but maintained the ability to quickly ramp up bandwidth between two sites if the need arose,” said Glenn Carrick, Network Communications Manager at Network Ten.
“The new design has allowed us to achieve significant cost savings in running the Network Ten network, while meeting Ten’s business requirements and creating a more manageable and stable environment,” stated Jason Tuendemann, Head of Technology and Infrastructure at Network Ten.