Primus says it has designed a fully managed private IP network that will include a meshed MPLS network core, capable of integrating voice, data and video traffic and that will ensure, in the event of natural disaster, that bandwidth can be rapidly increased to support Australian Red Cross requirements.
The network will support both 'Open Shortest Path First' and 'Border Gateway' protocols, and provides 50Mbps internet bandwidth with an unlimited data plan.
According to Primus, "Australian Red Cross undertook an extensive strategic review of its communications needs as it extended its reach and activities within Australia. The review was designed to upgrade its existing telecommunication and data platforms and ensure that it upgraded to a fully-managed and secure solution that would readily scale to meet the ever increasing demands on its IT solutions.
The network upgrade comes in the wake of the Red Cross in March receiving a $10 million grant from Microsoft Australia, the largest single technology grant made by the company. CEO Robert Cross said at the time: "In the past, our investment in technology infrastructure has been set at minimal levels to keep our humanitarian programs running, which means that we have lagged behind the rest of world. This grant will enable us to update our technology platforms significantly, which in its most basic terms will increase our ability to do what we do best and help more people."