Universal Music Group’s (UMG) Australian operations are planning to replace legacy network links based on frame relay with a modern multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) network.The MPLS virtual private network is the next-generation networking protocol replacing old network favorites like frame relay, in part due to its close integration with Internet Protocol (IP) networking.
“Prior to the network transformation, UMG was using frame relay from multiple vendors, voice with legacy PBXs and mobile phones and BlackBerrys from multiple vendors,” UMG’s CIO explained. The MPLS provider combined all these services into one integrated, fast, and highly reliable network system. “The new environment will have a consistent technology platform and common toolsets and processes,” he continued.
The UMG Australia MPLS network will span five UMG offices in Australia — in Brisbane, Melbourne, North Sydney and two locations in the Sydney suburb of Kingsgrove, where UMG’s national distribution centre is located. In addition, one third-party site will be connected.
Internationally, the MPLS provider will connect UMG’s international operations in 48 countries together with a MPLS IP-based virtual private network. Furthermore, the provider takes care of the local area networks (LAN), managed voice, IP telephony, mobility and Web hosting services, and vendor management.
The dollar value of the entire project wasn’t mentioned and is kept confidential.