If something goes wrong on the electricity network, the consequences can be far reaching – people and businesses can be left without power, and the impact on businesses can be significant.

Monitoring the power grid for any faults which can cause an outage, is therefore critical and demands extremely strict availability, security and performance requirements. Alerts and responses need to happen within milliseconds and the communications links across the network need to keep on working – no matter what.

There is very little room for error.

It is in this environment that Vector Communications hasforged its approach to network management –providing the communications backbone supporting thesystems used to monitor and control Auckland’s electricity network.

While demands on most corporate networks may not be as extreme as those for an electricity network, the consequences of a failure can be very serious for a business.

Applying the same principles to building and managing a corporate network as to supporting critical infrastructure, like a power grid, reduces the risk of something going wrong.

Here is how Vector Communications applies its experience supporting critical infrastructure to the design, build and management of enterprise networks.

DESIGN

THE DESIGN PHASE IS THE MOST CRUCIAL PART OF DELIVERING A HIGH-PERFORMING NETWORK. 

Designing a network to support critical infrastructure requires thorough planning and a full understanding of the business needs and the network requirements, namely, availability, performance and security. Our network architects work with customers to map the business requirements into technical requirements. We then evaluate various technologiesthat meet the specifications. Finally adding cost constraints enablesus to provide the best solution. 

BUILD

The communications networks that support critical infrastructure usually involve multiple components. Integration of thesevarious components in a manageable way is critical for ensuring high service levels. This requires pre-installation site surveys, collecting baseline data for proactive management and quick troubleshooting. 

Applying the same approach to developing corporate networks means a faster and more reliable build. With established relationships with all local fibre companies (LFCs) and service providers across New Zealand, we understand the integration and configuration requirements of these providers. This enables us to deploy network relatively fast with few surprises for our customers. 

MANAGE

HOLISTIC NETWORK MANAGEMENT IS THE BEST APPROACH FOR RUNNING ANY NETWORK, ESPICIALLY THOSE SUPPORTING CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE. 

Monitoring a service holistically rather than its individual components enables proactive management of any issues that may cause performance issues. This is essentialwhen it comes to critical infrastructure but equally important in a corporate environment to prevent or mitigate faults.

Through our New Zealand-based network operations centre, we provide around-the-clock proactive management of customers’ environments.

CONCLUSION

Vector Communications’ core network infrastructure was designed to meet the strict availability,security and performance requirements of Auckland’s electricity network. To support this network we have built our own fibre network, with diverse routes between main exchanges.

WE CAN DESIGN NETWORKS FOR BUSINESS CUSTOMERS WITH SERVICE AVAILABILITY OF UP TO 99.999%.

That means we are able to offer business customers service levels equivalentto those we deliver to support the electricity network.This includes availability of up to 99.999% instead of the standard 99.97% uptime most telecommunications providers offer.

While the difference between these levels of availability may appear small,any downtime of core systems can have a serious impact on an organisation’s productivity, bottom lineand even reputation. A higher level of availability reduces these risks and offers greater security and peace of mind for customers.

Your business requirements may not be as stringent as that of a piece of critical infrastructure, such as a power network, but having a reliable and secure network is nevertheless crucial.

So why not work with a network provider that can potentially offeranimproved level of performance and uptime? Why take the risk ofnotseriouslylooking at other options for your business?

To find out more about how Vector Communications can help your business, visit http://vectorcomms.co.nz/solutionsor call Craig Sutton on 021 590 908or 978 8245.