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ABC Car Sales

ABC Car Sales has around 100 employees. Before Network Advocates, ABC Car Sales had an outsourced IT solution that did not meet their needs as a company. ABC Car Sales has locations in three cities with PCs at each site. At their headquarters in Anytown, USA, they have an in-house body shop and a service shop with PCs in each building. There are application, information, and data servers also located at headquarters.

Network Status

At the headquarters in Anytown, USA, the previous IT department had set up a network in the main building where employees could access the application, information, and data servers, and the Internet. Upon further inspection, it was found that connections to the network were limited using a proprietary network connector. This meant that ABC Car Sales could not add more computers without usage of this network connector. ABC Car Sales had to purchase another "license" from their previous IT department to be able to connect a new PC to the network.

It was also discovered that the body shop and service shop had no means of connecting to the network, or the Internet. Finally, the status of ABC Car Sales in Big City, USA, and in Not So Big City, USA were unknown by the ABC Car Sales headquarters.

The Network Advocates Solution

When we met with ABC Car Sales, they told us that they needed three things:

  1. Connectivity to the application, information, and data servers from the body and service shops.
  2. Access to the application, information, and data servers from all satellite locations
  3. Secure high-speed Internet connections at each location
First, we eliminated the proprietary network devices and set up a more universal network schema using a proven firewall that had dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP) capabilities. We also installed antiVirus software on all of the PCs.

Next, we connected the body and service shops (located across the street) to the main building using multimode fiber. Now the body and service shops could access the application, information, and data servers, and share an Internet connection with the main building.

To allow ABC Car Sales in Big City and Not So Big City, USA to connect to the application, information, and data servers at the headquarters, we designed a network using the virtual private networking (VPN) technology and applying our list of best practices in network design. These practices helps to ensure the highest levels of performance while focusing on network security.

To implement the VPN, we first had to establish secure, high performance connections to the Internet at the two satellite offices located in Big City and Not So Big City, USA. So, we travelled to those sites and installed a reliable firewall and antiVirus software as per our best practices list. No new Internet connections were necessary as they already had broadband connections.

Once the satellite sites were set up properly, we implemented the VPN, which allowed all users to connect to the application at any time, without much latency, or lag time.

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