Over the last few years, workforce mobility has become increasingly important to Prodrive, with employees now expecting anytime, anywhere access to data and applications. The IT team was finding that the existing infrastructure was not equipped to handle the added pressure this put on the network and did not have the scalability needed to support the company’s growth. With the company recently consolidating several operations into a new building, it decided the time was right to update its network infrastructure.
‘It is imperative for an organisation such as Prodrive to stay on the cutting edge of design and engineering,’ commented Alex Harwood, IT manager for Prodrive. ‘For the New IP network, we evaluated several options, but we wanted a solution that would give us the latest technology with the flexibility our business needs, and we wanted to be able to maintain and control the infrastructure ourselves. Brocade’s solutions let us achieve all of that, particularly given the pay-as-you-go financial model we have put in place.’
Crucially, the deployment gives Prodrive a great deal of autonomy in managing the network itself. Since the company is using the pay-as-you-go Brocade Network Subscription service the network can be quickly and easily updated as and when business requirements change.
Brocade’s Professional Services team provided configuration and design support, and worked with Prodrive’s infrastructure team to select the most appropriate mix of technologies and transfer knowledge.
Harwood commented; ‘I like to think we have future-proofed ourselves for anything and our New IP network has already increased our application performance. Everyone from the engineers to the manufacturing teams is now able to design, test, review, and deliver results faster and more reliably.’