Carsales (ASX:CRZ) will run the new network on the Junos operating system which features a simplified architecture and provides ubiquitous wireless and wire-line access, which company Infrastructrure Manager, Jason Brown, says will enable it to support video and new collaborative services.
“We’ve got big plans to enrich and expand our services but they depend on having a network infrastructure that can really deliver. The Juniper Networks solution delivers the high-availability performance we need with plenty of headroom to grow, while being dramatically easier to operate.
“Reducing the network to two layers greatly improves performance and it is further simplified by Virtual Chassis technology, significantly reducing the number of switches to manage in our network,” Brown said.
Juniper Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand, Mark Iles, said the network’s high-availability core comprises EX4500 and EX4200 Ethernet Switches deployed in a Virtual Chassis configuration, and providing a high density of wire-speed Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 10GbE ports for direct server connections and downlinks to the LAN access switches. “Juniper’s Virtual Chassis technology enables multiple interconnected switches to behave as a single logical device, eliminating network complexity, simplifying management and reducing operational expenses.”
According to Iles, Carsales had recognised the need for the new network, “fully embracing the logic of simplifying the network in order to deliver dynamic services and enable business growth.” “A lot of that dynamic capability stems from Junos running as a single operating system across the whole infrastructure to orchestrate network and security operations.”
Iles said the project was delivered through IPSec, a Juniper Elite Partner, and involved deployment on each floor of Carsales’ new offices of EX4200 switches in a virtual chassis configuration, providing large numbers of powered GbE ports to support workstations, IP phones and wireless access points.