NZ firm uses standardised infrastructure to save money

NZ firm uses standardised infrastructure to save money

Beca engineering consultancy uses same networking technology across multiple regional offices to keep skills costs down.

With over 2600 team members in 17 offices around the world, the idea of creating a standardised networking infrastructure across multiple regions was beneficial for consultancy company Beca. Beca is one of the largest employee-owned engineering and construction consultancy companies in the Asia Pacific region. It is based out of Auckland with a team of just over 1000 there.

Its head quarters on Vincent Street in the Auckland CBD is the company's latest office, and uses the same networking technology used across its other sites.

Andy Shields, group IT manager for Beca, says the main benefit of standardising network IT was to give his company the ability to transfer knowledge and skills learned from previous deployments, which would save Beca money in the long run.

"We standardised on Brocade for networkings a few years ago, and it was very successful experience," says Shields.

"We've been able to carry over the investment we made in training, management tools, and some of the other platforms which had a positive impact on our bottom line."

The infrastructure is based on Brocade technology, and the Auckland office in particular uses Brocade's IronStack switches.

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