In 2015, a client requested an elaborate network setup across several Canadian and US offices. The project required our networking engineers to create a large Virtual Private Network with several unique policies throughout the network profile. We decided to split the project into 4 main areas, each including the regions of business operations. Once this was decided, our team put together a plan of action which included network design, mapping, testing and implementation.

Multiple Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN) connections were required and configured for this project, along with 25 subnets. WAN accelerators were taken into account for Storage Area Networks and data transfers over the WAN. Each office location and hub was to be connected to one or more remote locations, each with specific policies and rules in place.

Our team was able to create and replicate the VPN configuration on a network lab right here at our QUBYTE office. This was required in order to test the network changes proposed to our client. Everything tested successfully, so the changes were implemented in sequence from one region to the next.

The project was completed without any issues. Each change request thereafter was thoroughly tested before implementation. This project really pushed our networking team to think outside the box. Many obstacles needed to be overcome in order for the network setup to have been a success. In the end, we managed each obstacle with great care and detail, this was the main reason for the project’s success.

Diversified virtual private networking & data security
Diversified virtual private networking & data security

For confidentiality reasons, the enterprise and project details could not be mentioned.

Enterprise VPN Network

A recent endeavor has led us to the planning, design and deployment of an Enterprise Data Center. This project really pushed our team to the limits, as project time lines and scheduling were limited. Overall, almost every aspect of the Data Center was planned, designed and executed by our team, including; the local area network, external Fiber-optics and assistance with demarcation end points, server cabinet setup, server and storage migration (physical and virtual), network appliance migration, assistance with cooling system deployment (with HVAC supplier), power distribution (with Electricians), design assistance with fire and other hazard suppression, IT security implementation, Network Operations Center (NOC) with management software implementation, and the list goes on.

This Data Center deployment was required to have green energy saving components. One of the main outcomes was to utilize renewable and low carbon energy systems to increase PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) Category 3. Some of these energy efficient components include; energy efficient lighting, adaptive power control system, Cold/Hot aisle containment (barriers to reduce mixing of cold/hot air), and ASHRAE thermal guidelines used to optimize interior temperatures.

In the end, the deployment of the data center was a success. The months of hard work and dedication was followed by relief and fulfillment by everyone that was involved.

Tear 4 Energy Compliant Data Center
Tear 4 Energy Compliant Data Center

For confidentiality reasons, the enterprise and project details could not be mentioned.

Data Center Deployment