Irwell Valley Housing Association has selected Metronet and its partner Central Network & Technologies (CNT) for the implementation of a new wide area network. The £100,000 contract began in February 2013 and will run for three years.
Metronet and CNT have rolled out a complete network refresh for Irwell Valley across 25 sites around Greater Manchester, including its head office, a disaster recovery site and a number of sheltered housing schemes.
The solution is based on a private MPLS network infrastructure for efficient inter-site communications and shared internet breakout. This will enable each site to access data from Irwell Valley’s cloud-based infrastructure hosted at CNT’s datacentre without the need for complex IPSec VPNs and within a shared corporate firewall.
Kate Rennicks, public sector manager, Metronet, said, “We are pleased to be providing services to another housing association through Central Networks & Technologies. This partnership will deliver a step change for Irwell Valley’s end users, including improved speeds, better inter-site communications and greater flexibility.”