Local businesses expanding operations in new locations, franchise sites, pop-up stores, short term leases and other in-branch opportunities can now instantly connect to their broader corporate infrastructure and to the external Internet while maintaining compliance to corporate and other legal policies.
T-Systems South Africa is addressing this requirement with the launch of their “Network-in-a-Box” solution.
Network-in-a-Box is a comprehensive solution that connects businesses in a matter of hours, carrying through all of the organisation’s network and user identity policies, and enabling secure access to company systems.
“We’re dramatically simplifying and accelerating the process of setting up shop in a new location,” notes T-Systems’ Portfolio Manager for Connectivity and Networks, Louis Kirstein.
“Everything is immediately available – from your active directory, to your security protocols, IP telephony systems, payment platforms, guest access policies, Cloud business services, and any other systems available on the corporate network.”
By removing configuration and setup hassles, Network-in-a-Box enables businesses to open their doors and begin trading far quicker than before, he explains.
Previously, businesses would often have to wait for connectivity to be made available, and then painstakingly integrate network policies into the new site, delaying the opening of the new branch.
As successful South African businesses expand into new regions across different provinces, Kirstein adds that internet access is often a challenge. Network-in-a-Box leverages whatever connection is available – from fixed-line options like fibre and DSL, to wireless services like 3G and LTE, private networks like MPLS, and even satellite.
“We’re able to use and to consolidate connectivity from any of these sources, to ensure sufficient throughput and ultimately the smooth delivery of business and transactional services.”
As new infrastructure becomes available, Network-in-a-Box easily accommodates the increased bandwidth.
With low upfront costs, and no ongoing longer-term commitment, many organisations may deploy Network in a Box for a limited period – as they get up and running – before replacing it with more permanent networking solutions later on.
But Kirstein points out that other businesses may well continue to use the service permanently.
Network-in-a-Box is ideally suited to:
• Retail: franchise and pop-up store environments, as well as other temporary installations such as mass sporting and music events, stores in shopping malls undergoing renovations, stores at commuter networks, and sites where businesses may simply be ‘testing the waters’ in terms of viability.
• Automotive: temporary installations when expanding operations to include vehicle servicing and other franchise requirements
• Manufacturing: connecting disparate operations across plants and manufacturing facilities
“The solution was designed based on a clear need to help our clients to become more agile”, adds Kirstein.
There are certain key sectors, such as retail, automotive and manufacturing that are becoming more dynamic in their approach to rolling out new points-of-presence as well as new points of production, especially for small crews. Locations are becoming less static and permanent.
Network-in-a-Box is aimed at serving this need for increased agility.
Kirstein reflects on T-Systems’ depth of experience in integrating services into policy-based environments: “We’ve taken our global best-practices in terms of information security and privacy, such as our expertise in ITIL for example, and combined that with a commitment to absolutely zero outage.”
About Deutsche Telekom
Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies with around 151 million mobile customers, 30 million fixed-network lines and more than 17 million broadband lines (as of December 31, 2014). The Group provides fixed network, mobile communications, Internet and IPTV products and services for consumers and ICT solutions for business customers and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in more than 50 countries and has approximately 228,000 employees worldwide. The Group generated revenues of EUR 62.7 billion in the 2014 financial year – more than 60 percent of it outside Germany.
Deutsche Telekom considers the European business customer segment a strategic growth area. Deutsche Telekom offers small, medium-sized and multinational companies ICT solutions for an increasingly complex digital world. In addition to services from the cloud, the range of services is centred around M2M and security solutions, complementary mobile communications and fixed network products, and solutions for virtual collaboration and IT platforms, all of which forms the basis for our customers’ digital business models.
With approximately 47,800 employees worldwide, T-Systems generated revenue of around EUR 8,6 billion in the 2014 financial year.
Since the inception of T-Systems in South Africa in 1997, the company has cemented its position as one of the most successful T-Systems companies outside of Europe. A leading ICT outsourcing service provider locally, T-Systems offers end-to-end ICT solutions in both the ICT Operations and Systems Integration markets. Their extensive portfolio of services covers the vertical, horizontal, IT and TC space. T-Systems South Africa’s head office is located in Midrand with another major office in Cape Town, and 20 further representative offices in locations throughout southern Africa.