Construction group upgrades network

Graham is scaling up network connectivity and bandwidth with an IP network upgrade to speed communications between multiple UK sites.

Graham, the UK construction group, has upgraded its network infrastructure by signing up to a new internet protocol (IP) virtual private network (VPN).

With 23 sites throughout the UK and Ireland, Graham needed to consolidate its network resources to enable greater bandwidth, improved data resilience and management capabilities.

It is using IPVPN circuits on ntl:Telewest Business' own fibre network to move huge volumes of data quickly between offices and sites, so teams can access and share information more easily.

Specialising in delivering a variety of facilities management contracts and public-private partnerships, Steven Creighton, Graham Group finance director, said the data transmitted over its networks is vital because of the wide range of complex projects it is involved in and their geographical spread.

"Each operation needs access to large volumes of data," he said. "Consolidating connectivity from multiple sites through IPVPN connections will provide rock solid resilience and deliver improved data management and security."

The IPVPN deal affords Graham the flexibility to scale bandwidth up to 155 Mbps and move locations in line with Graham's business needs. And all internet connectivity will be provided via a 10 Mbps managed connection from its headquarters, improving security by enabling access to be managed centrally.

The network provider has connected 15 sites to date with a further eight sites to follow over the next three months, replacing ADSL and leased line connections direct to the internet with the secure IPVPN connections back to head office operating at data speeds of between 512 kbps and two Mbps, depending on the size of the remote operation.

The provider also said Graham will benefit from the flexible, new network connectivity without the high costs or delays traditionally associated with enhancing or moving connection oriented services, like ADSL or leased lines.

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