Northern & Shell signs up Foundry to refit network

Northern & Shell (N&S), the publishing company that counts the Daily Express among its titles, has installed Foundry's core and edge switches at its sites in Glasgow and Preston as part of an end to end local area network (LAN).

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Northern & Shell (N&S), the publishing company that counts the Daily Express among its titles, has installed Foundry's core and edge switches at its sites in Glasgow and Preston as part of an end to end local area network (LAN).

It plans to implement two FastIron core switches and 12 FastIron workgroup switches at its disaster recovery (DR) site in Broughton, near Preston, and at its Glasgow office. It has also kept the switching and routing vendor as its network supplier of choice at its headquarters in London.

The company decided to extend its relationship it had with Foundry, which dates back to September 2004, when N&S moved its headquarters to a different London location, involving a total IT refit, including new datacentre, cabling, network infrastructure and servers.

N&S is currently expanding its UK and foreign operations. It distributes on average two million newspapers a day and two million magazines a week, and turns over more £400m annually.

Steve Morris, N&S' IT network and security manager, said: "We run a 24/7 business and need to ensure our network is up and running at all times, with maximum throughput and performance.”

N&T’s network is under a lot of pressure, according to Morris, because "the size of files that staff have to send and receive are getting larger all the time with magazines and newspapers increasingly reliant on visual imagery for content”. He said the network was now more reliable despite the pressure.

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