A Global Hybrid Network for a Global Investment Management Firm
Custom Connect recently partnered with a global investment management firm who believes in using scientific methods to develop intelligent investment systems. We like that. At Custom Connect, we too believe in using the smartest, latest technology to propel forward.
For more than 20 years, this client has been trading assets for some of the world’s largest pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, banks and fund platforms. And today, they hold some $30-billion in assets.
But as they continued to thrive and grow with their high-tech investment strategies, they also needed their network to expand accordingly. The firm needed a network that was just as fast, flexible and global as they were — and that’s when Custom Connect stepped in.
The Challenge: A Lagging Network
This is an excellent example of a client whose network needed to match the high speed of company growth – working quickly to give clients high-availability networks and provide the company with the infrastructure to take them into the future.
When we started discussing solutions, the investment firm’s WAN infrastructure consisted of a number of suppliers across Europe and Asia that didn’t have end-to-end responsibility of the company networks. This made it difficult for their small IT team to integrate and manage, thus, causing operational challenges.
What the firm needed was a fully-managed network that connected their global offices, exchanges and data centers with high availability, the ability to scale, and local internet integration.
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The Solution: Our Carrier Neutral AS260 Platform
With this in mind, we offered to not only design a bespoke global WAN, but consolidate some of their connections – in part, using our AS260 platform.
AS260, our bespoke, carrier neutral MPLS/IP service, is used to create global hybrid networks — and it worked for the following key reasons.
Firstly, the global investment firm needed a hybrid network infrastructure that combined multiple access methods, carriers and solutions. With AS260, we were able to build a solution that merged global and local connectivity into a single seamless managed network using MPLS, point-to-point, and internet integration.
The firm also has offices, branches and data centers across Europe and Asia. Because of this, they need reliable, high availability, global connectivity and the flexibility to scale and access backup connections in the case of downtime. With our extensive market knowledge, we were able to create a bespoke solution for each of their headquarters and offices, providing the optimal connectivity for that location.
As we do with all our customers, we sat down with the firm and laid out where they are and where they want to go. From there, we were able to design a bespoke hybrid network that hit all their connectivity requirements.
Rutger Bevaart — CTO, Custom Connect
The Future: Hybrid Networks
To eliminate the firm’s difficulty dealing with multiple global carriers themselves, we designed a seamless, fully managed hybrid network that could meet all their connectivity demands. Built around the concept of connectivity hubs in Europe and Asia, we were able to integrate a combination of MPLS, point-to-point and internet connections that provided 99.99% availability. In creating a bespoke solution, Custom Connect was also able to reduce the TCO by 25-percent.
At Custom Connect, we see hybrid networks as the new standard. But, with this comes its challenges for enterprises. Maintaining a global network of carriers and technologies is often beyond the scope of any one company to design, let alone manage on a day-to-day basis.
Custom Connect is the partner you need to manage your hybrid network. Our extensive knowledge on every global market allows us to not only design the optimal network solution for your business, but help you manage it, too. And as with all of our solutions, we provide proactive monitoring and support 24/7.
The future of network hybridity is quickly approaching, do you have the right partner on your side? Get in touch and see how Custom Connect can improve your network.