MSK Group is a family-owned business based in Ylihärmä, Finland. For more than 70 years, it has been manufacturing high-quality plastic components, mobile machinery, and smart cabins for a range of industries, including construction, mining, agriculture, forestry, and material handling. It has recently expanded its operations through the acquisition of new production plants and warehouses in Germany and Slovakia. It now has more than 800 employees across its organization, including six subsidiaries, operating 60,000 square meters of factory floors across Europe and delivering 10 million parts annually.
MSK Group depends on its network to support its day-to-day operations across its various workspaces, from factory floors to offices to outdoor areas. At the same time, organic growth and acquisitions create challenges for IT teams tasked with managing network infrastructure and ensuring users and devices are able to connect consistently and reliably. The company sought to modernize its network to create a consistent infrastructure across it organization to improve efficiency and performance and maintain consistency. It started by replacing some its Cisco and HP switches with Extreme hardware and, over several years, has continued to replace its legacy infrastructure with new, modern Extreme switches and access points.
“The biggest priority for us is to have a reliable network that works everywhere, no matter where you roam at the site. It’s basically all that matters and we have achieved that and more.”
Ville Ahola, ICT Manager
“ExtremeCloud IQ is a clear upgrade from the previous solution. It's very simple to onboard the access points, and create new network policies using nothing more than a smartphone.”
“With our previous network, APs required rebooting on a regular basis. That’s not the case anymore. Also, our own IT team in Finland managed to deploy the wireless network by ourselves.”
"First and foremost, we need our networks to be reliable. It is easier to maintain and make sure that all our operations run without problems if we can integrate and harmonize our infrastructure. Extreme’s solutions have played a big part in modernizing our network.”