Alliance Disposables, Cheshire – Network Expansion

A Data Networking and Security case study

Customer Profile:

Alliance Disposables is one of the leading suppliers of non-food catering equipment in the UK. Their headquarters are based in Cheshire with 11 branch sites across the UK and Ireland. Greystone has been Alliance’s IT partner for over 12 years and have been instrumental in managing and supporting the rapid expansion of all aspects of their IT systems.

Business Issue:

Alliance’s offices previously used several different broadband technologies for their internet connections, depending on local availability and cost constraints. However, as the company grew some of these connections became insufficient to meet future demands for data usage and overall reliability.

IT Solution:

Greystone, with one of its local ISP partners, implemented a plan to improve the company’s WAN that connects branch sites to the headquarters. Using a fully meshed network of dedicated leased line links with secondary backup links for massively improved speed and reliability.

By using advanced firewall technologies, all network traffic is scanned, blocking any malicious attacks and filtering out network-borne threats like Ransomware & Malware across their entire network.

Technology Used:

  • 1000Mb and 100Mb MPLS leased line connections.
  • Private site-to-site links
  • ADSL & VDSL Broadband or 4G Mobile Data redundant backup connections.
  • Next-Generation UTM (Unified Threat Management) firewalls

Results and Benefits:

The branch offices have seen an improvement in network speed, in some cases, twenty times increase, from 5Mb/s to 100Mb/s. Furthermore, the new leased line connections are now backed by a 4 hour-to-fix SLA and have a secondary backup connection to minimize downtime in the event of any problems.

This has paved the way for Alliance to further improve its IT systems by making the management of branch IT equipment easier and allowing the use of cloud technologies such as Microsoft Office 365.

A word from Alliance...

Greystone have provided Alliance exceptional IT development and support for over ten years. The business was originally a single office with about 10 staff when we were introduced to Greystone and is now an 8 site national company with over 300 staff. The support service that Greystone provide is friendly, professional and reliable, and has been flexible to the demands of our business through a period of rapid growth and change

Paul Bonson - Alliance Disposables Ltd