European Investment Bank (EIB) Selects Extreme Networks to Deploy a Scalable and Future-Proof Network to its Entire Organisation

Introduction

Extreme Networks has optimized network performance, increased operational efficiency and further improved the user experience for the European Investment Bank (EIB) and its customers.

Customer Profile

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the European Union’s bank. The only bank owned by and representing the interests of the European Union’s Member States, it works closely with other EU institutions to implement EU policy. As the world’s largest multilateral borrower and lender it provides nance and expertise for sustainable investment projects that contribute to EU policy objectives. Over 90% of its activity is in Europe but the bank still remains a big investor globally. It has been a long-term partner and customer of Extreme Networks since 1997 and was the first partner to deploy its security and automation technology in 2004.

Challenge

To support its continued growth over the past three years, EIB needed to upgrade its network infrastructure; as such, scalability was a key driver. With over 40 satellite offices around the world, a number of offices in Europe and two additional campuses being built in Luxembourg, the IT department needed to be able to support the wired and wireless needs of current employees and customers but also allow for future growth. With the increasing levels of investment on the continent, it was clear to the bank that it needed to prepare for a considerable growth in headcount.

Furthermore, the Bank required a highly available network that would provide both its employees and customers with a consistent and high-quality user experience throughout its many locations. High network availability was also determined to be mission critical in enabling the bank to carry out its operations in an efficient and effective way. Additionally, ensuring that the network was equipped with the appropriate level of security and that it could be easily and carefully managed by IT was of the utmost importance.

Solution

With these criteria in mind, Extreme Networks worked with EIB to deliver a bespoke solution that leveraged a number of its core products and industry expertise.

In order to provide a resilient scalable network, Extreme brought together its high performance Gigabit Ethernet as well as its unparalleled high-density Wi-Fi product, ExtremeWireless. To support this, the IT department was provided with a series of tools that would allow it to manage the infrastructure that was now providing network access to the entire organization and also its visitors.

With ExtremeManagement, network access control across all sites was consolidated to a single pane of glass, providing simplicity and automation across multiple applications, resulting in a high-quality user experience and increased operational efficiency.

A centralized platform also allowed Extreme to deploy ExtremeControl so that EIB could manage access by device. The deployment allows personalized access to network services and applications by profiles. Once a profile is set up, staff can be authenticated and enjoy the same experience, regardless of which site they are on.

In order to further ensure the security and performance of the network, ExtremeAnalytics was deployed to provide application-level visibility and application performance monitoring across the physical and virtual network for business intelligence and rapid problem resolution.

Benefits

Extreme Networks’ software-driven solutions ensured the provision of highly available network access to applications and resources for approximately 4,000 users and 15,000 devices.

Extreme Management has, via its advanced levels of automation alongside visibility, helped reduce time and operating costs. The ease at with which IT can manage the network through a single pane of glass has meant that, despite the fact that the bank’s physical footprint and the number of devices on the network has grown threefold, it has managed to keep the number of IT staff at the same level for the past five years.

Security has been further improved across both the wired and wireless infrastructure by having separate networks for both staff and visitors, whilst still having equal visibility and ensuring that threats to the networks are identified early.

Furthermore, the solution has also enabled the Bank to scale its network to meet the increased demands placed on it by a plethora of new connected IoT devices including cameras, coffee machines, and entrance sensors in a secure and efficient physical campus infrastructure.

An added benefit of working with Extreme Networks has been that it has designed, deployed and managed the entire solution directly. It has staff based on-site for day- to-day support; and the EIB team has direct in-country access to Extreme Network’s senior personnel. This close working relationship has allowed EIB to leverage the latest technology and benefits of a best-in-class network built and managed to its unique needs.

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