NETWORK REDESIGN TEAM REPORTS BACK TO THE MOTHERBOARD OR SHOULD THAT BE MOTHERSHIP? Week Notes 27/10/2019

Week ending 27/10/2019

This week has been all about getting into the technical and beginning my journey to understanding the ICT procurement process.

Let us start with my team’s discovery this week, which was easily one of our highlights. The Network Redesign Team were tasked with exploring the potential for new vendors, to improve our current network – Cisco-based closed environment solution and providing an alternative future proof solution which also meets our current requirements.

With this in mind, the team used two days this week to attend workshops held by vendors offering potential answers to our challenges

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK

We were invited to two demo workshop-style presentations –  

 ‘Aruba’ and ‘Open Compute’. Despite both companies being leading networking specialists, the two had very different approaches to the requirements presented to them.

Aruba is a very established industry brand. The report back to the ‘Mothership’ following on from the workshop revealed that they had some unique enterprise features. One that stood out, in particular, was the ‘RAP’, an offering which includes role-based network access and Adaptive Radio Management (ARM), which gives remote workers the same high-quality Wi-Fi experience as being in a central hub.

The Open Compute workshop was very impressive. As the name suggests, Open Compute is open source technology networking solution. We were particularly impressed by their ease of integration and ‘relatively short up-skilling window’, (although the jury is still out on that one). Another plus is the ease of scalability as the system environment has no ‘lock-in’s’ so our engineers would not be tied down by licenses, which would allow us to be flexible with our IA design making us more agile to user needs.

NEXT STEPS

As we actively embark on the hunt for new networking solutions for Hackney, we explore exciting technological advancements available on the market in this fast-evolving world of networking.

Each of the above approaches equally has its fair share of pros and cons. However, we are still in the discovery stage. More will be revealed as we bring our scuba diving kit for a deeper dive into both of these platforms and other solutions.

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