Yanbu Cement Company goes live with 3Com network

To enhance delivery of its mission critical applications, Yanbu Cement Company has upgraded its ATM network to a Gigabit Ethernet network solution from 3Com.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  December 30, 2002

To enhance delivery of its mission critical applications, Yanbu Cement Company has upgraded its ATM network to a Gigabit Ethernet network solution from 3Com. The upgraded infrastructure incorporates 3Com’s 4007 switch at the core of the network with a host of SuperStack 3 switches delivering traffic to the edge.

“We needed to upgrade from a low-performance ATM network to a resilient, reliable network that would virtually eliminate downtime,” says Reda Islam, systems and internal audit manager, Yanbu Cement. “Price, performance and ease of management were critical factors in our decision to move to a high performance Gigabit Ethernet solution. The 3Com solution met each of these criteria,” he adds.

According to Islam, the 3Com solution is providing the non-stop availability it requires for its mission critical applications and services, as well as offering easy scalability to meet its future requirements.

“In just a few weeks and without any interruption to our production, 3Com delivered a network solution that gives us the bandwidth, power, control and scalability we need to perform mission-critical operations and the platform to support our future growth,” he says.

The Saudi-based cement company has also installed 3Com’s Gigabit Ethernet Server NICs (network interface cards) and SuperStack 3 switches, including 3Com’s 3300, 4300, 440 and 4900 models.

“3Com SuperStack 3 Switch 4900 delivers the latest Gigabit Ethernet ASIC technology available in the market to Yanbu Cement,” says Rimah Ghaddar, country manager, 3Com Saudi Arabia. “Our integrated solution also includes the SuperStack 3 Switch 4400 with Layer 4 functionality that enables Yanbu to prioritise its business-critical applications and block any non-business applications to increase overall efficiency and employee productivity. With our Gigabit Ethernet Server NICs, the Yanbu server now has ten times greater network access compared to the previous 100 M/bits/s connection.”

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