Case study title
Network and Infrastructure - Pharmaceuticals Sector - Fresenius Kabi
Client NameFresenius Kabi
Network and Infrastructure services in the Pharmaceuticals Sector, enabling site rationalisation with improved user connectivity and staff productivity.
Fresenius Kabi is a global health care company that specialises in lifesaving medicines and technologies for infusion, transfusion and clinical nutrition. Their products and services are used to help care for critically and chronically ill patients.
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To improve operational efficiencies, Fresenius Kabi decided to merge three existing locations in Cheshire into a new purpose built site that included general office facilities, warehousing and hi-tech “clean room” manufacturing areas.
To support Fresenius Kabi’s operational workflow, Gigabit Ethernet was needed to desktop workstations and PCs, along with a flexible and secure wireless network for mobile working.
The consolidation from three sites to one site also posed a challenge for their Voice communications, as they wanted to avoid the cost of a brand new voice switch, new handsets and an increased number of users, with of course minimum disruption to day to-day call handling.
During the consultative sales process, it became clear that Fresenius Kabi would benefit from a single point of contact which could be trusted with the provision of new data network infrastructure and a migration path for the legacy switches.
GCI designed the network topology to meet Fresenius Kabi‘s connectivity requirements and proposed that the CAT6 cabling of the new building should be split into a number of phases to match the building contractor’s project plan.
This resulted in the Gigabit Ethernet network being installed on time and without any post-project snagging errors that might need time consuming re-cabling. To ensure resilience and future proofing GCI used a 10Gbps solution for the network backbone with a 1Gbps failover capability.
In addition to this, Fresenius Kabi were provided with Ethernet switching fabric as well as the secure segregated wireless 802.11bg network which covers various roles including a “guest” internet network as well as a main one providing access to Fresenius Kabi’s corporate network.
To reduce further cabling expense and timescales, GCI implemented Power over Ethernet (PoE) to the wireless base station controllers, resulting in an homogenised cabling network with a 25 year manufacturer’s guarantee.
Finally, a consolidation plan was devised and implemented for the three Voice switches that meant their original investment was optimised and the useful life of the equipment cost effectively extended.
The CEO… has a major infrastructure project completed on time and to budget, which has enabled the efficiencies originally planned to be realised with minimal disruption to day-to-day operations. In addition the workforce can be more flexible in where they work and are therefore more productive.
The Finance Director… has reduced ‘OpEx’ by consolidating three networks onto one and the previous three voice switches into one. The 10Gbps backbone ensures that increases in network traffic can easily be absorbed so there are no network upgrade costs. Also, the installation is “maintenance free” due to the 25 year manufacturer guaranteed CAT6 cabling specified by GCI, an accredited installer.
The IT Team… has a resilient, secure and future proof network that delivers plenty of bandwidth to the users’ workstations and PCs. The network has been segmented into VLANS to facilitate different work zones and the overall quality of the installation has eliminated physical network issues.
The End Users… benefit from a much more responsive network that has resiliency at its core so that network outages won’t affect their productivity. In addition the wireless network allows them to work more flexibly around the site.
Overall throughout the project GCI were very helpful and flexible when required to fall in with new requirements and ever changing deadlines. The project was completed without any problems and we are still using GCI today.Mike Reardon Manager Infrastructure & Support Western Europe