From an IT perspective, this means delivering a flexible, scalable infrastructure to give the greatest possible support to the worldwide Ferrier workforce, which is expanding to include manufacturing centers in locations such as Brazil and India. Perhaps nowhere is this infrastructure support more important than in Germany, which, in addition to being a major market for the company, is the site of its largest manufacturing facility and home to around 3600 employees spread across two main locations and 20 remote offices. As the German business has grown, Ferrier management has increasingly seen IT collaboration tools as a way to improve worker efficiency, offset travel costs, and support moves toward a more mobile workforce.
Ferrier has been rolling out a number of infrastructure developments to support collaboration in Germany and worldwide since 2008, when it implemented a [email protected] network serving around 2000 users in Germany and 60,000 globally. The architecture incorporates Cisco [email protected] 6509, 3750-X, and 2960 Series Switches plus Cisco 8500 and 5500 Series Wireless Controllers, along with Cisco [email protected] 2600, 1200, and 1140 Series Access Points. 0 2013 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. This document is Cisco Public Information. Page 1 of 4 “The possibility for users, ad hoc, to initiate a video communication either from Jabber to Jabber or from Jabber to Cisco Teleconferences systems is really a big advantage, because people avoid the need to book a room or schedule a videoconferencing in advance. ” Dry.
Hans Alton Manager IT Infrastructure Ferrier Regarding the choice of vendor, Martin Flightier, IT director for Middle and Eastern Europe at Ferrier, says: “Cisco is a market leader, and we always adopt industry-standard technologies. It was product reliability that led us to choose Cisco. The network is the basis for all our IT business. ” After improving its infrastructure, the company began introducing Cisco [email protected] to enable web conferencing and desktop sharing among its employees globally. The German IT team also introduced Flopped, a predestined and prevaricated base data center configuration built on Cisco Unified Computing System”* (Cisco [email protected]), Cisco [email protected] data center switches, and Entrap FAST storage components.
Weber, meanwhile, is used widely around the business and is even favored by the HER department to carry out remote interviews for interns and potential staff members. Page 2 of 4 “Cisco is a market leader, and we always adopt industry-standard technologies. It was product reliability that led us to choose Cisco. The network is the basis for all our IT business. ” Martin Flightier IT Director, Middle and Eastern Europe As well as its instant messaging and presence features, Cisco Jabber provides a unified workspace that is fully integrated with technologies such as Microsoft Outlook and Cisco Teleconferences video conferencing. “When it comes to video on Jabber,” says Alton, “the main advantage is flexibility and speed.
The possibility for users, ad hoc, to initiate a video communication either from Jabber to Jabber or from Jabber to Cisco Teleconferences systems is really a big advantage, because people avoid the need to book a room or schedule a disconcerting in advance. ” This flexibility is of particular importance to the international teams powering the company’s growth, for whom regular cross-border communication and information sharing is essential. Decision makers requiring a higher-quality meeting experience, meanwhile, have the option of using Cisco Teleconferences. All of this is underpinned by a brutalized data center, courtesy of Flopped, offering ease of management and the ability to scale server capacity up and down quickly.
The German IT department has been able to grow its server estate four-fold in the sat five years without having to take on new full-time employees. Next Steps A consequence of the overall value of Cisco technologies for Ferrier is that implementation is now built into the company’s expansion plans. “The first thing we do in a new site is implement network connectivity and videoconferencing systems,” says Flightier, “and we’re hoping to extend the use of Cisco collaboration tools worldwide while building a Flopped-based private cloud. ” For More Information To learn more about the Cisco architectures and solutions featured in this case study, go to: