Network strategy, design and implementation

Network strategy, design and implementation
Global biotechnology company

September 28, 2020

Challenge:

This global biotechnology company’s IT network was built around a thriving business over 20 years ago and endured constant change to support the company’s evolution. The IT network morphed architecturally where design and configuration flaws began to impact business operations. This company expected a 100% increase in added networked devices to support the growing business. This company initiated a strategic project to develop and implement the next evolution of their IT network infrastructure to deliver the performance, resiliency, reliability and scalability needed to support key IT initiatives and future growth of the enterprise and achieve the following objectives:

  • Improve network performance, resiliency, reliability and scalability
  • Simplify and standardize the network design
  • Increase capability to manage network operations and support strategic projects
  • Provide an early warning system and performance visibility to manage the network

Solution:

  • Conducted a network infrastructure assessment
  • Developed a new strategy for improved network services in the future
  • Defined network infrastructure requirements
  • Created a network architecture and design
  • Evaluated technical solutions, products and support models and conducted vendor testing, evaluation and selection
  • Conducted Request for Proposal to evaluate and select a Managed Services Provider
  • Establish a detailed implementation plan
  • Implemented the new technologies across the locations

Results:

  • Delivered a comprehensive assessment and actionable strategy to improve the IT network infrastructure and service capabilities
  • Provided a comprehensive approach to successfully sustain, scale and optimize network capabilities to meet current and future requirements
  • Established a target network architecture design that is based off industry standards and scalable to support growth
  • Developed a detailed network design that appropriately expanded current high-level physical and logical designs
  • Defined a baseline of functional requirements and technical specifications to help determine suitable technology products
  • Selected technology products that met specifications and provided the organization with required functionality
  • Selected a qualified MSP to support network operations
  • Created a detailed implementation plan identifying the priorities, resources and activities needed to complete the Network 2.0 implementation
  • Managed the implementation of the new design and selected technologies