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Case Study | Kuwait Oil Company

 

The Customer:

Kuwait Oil Company Ltd. was established in 1934 by the Anglo-Persian Oil Company, now known as the British Petroleum Company, and Gulf Oil Corporation, now known as Chevron Corporation.

The Challenge:

Kuwait Oil Company needed to acquire a complete multi-service network, supporting data, voice over IP and video for its new IT group center at al-Ahmadi. The system required to be converged, fault tolerant and multi-layer designed. The network required the following mandatories;

  • Switching Infrastructure
  • Voice over IP & Telephony Devices
  • Network Management
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Backup System

Solution

Digital Devices group began by undertaking a thorough requirement gathering exercise in order to identify the customer requirement and how it impacted their business objectives and productivity. However, finding the right product portfolio to deliver the required results proved to be a demanding and challenging task. DDG's pre-sales team decided to use an all Cisco solution.

The Benefits

New Multi-service Network platform enables a centralized, integrated communication flow for the business, enabling maximum efficiency and reducing the need for manual intervention.

The Customer

Kuwait Oil Company Ltd. was established in 1934 by the Anglo-Persian Oil Company, now known as the British Petroleum Company, and Gulf Oil Corporation, now known as Chevron Corporation. The Company activities have extended to include exploration operations, on-shore and off-shore surveys, drilling of test wells, and developing of producing fields in addition to crude and natural gas exploration.

The Challenge

Kuwait Oil Company needed to acquire a complete multi-service network, supporting data, voice over IP and video for its new IT group center at al-Ahmadi. The system required to be converged, fault tolerant and multi-layer designed. The network required the following mandatories;

  • Switching Infrastructure
  • Voice over IP & Telephony Devices
  • Network Management
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Backup System

KOC then needed to find the right solution provider to assess, design, configure and deploy the proposed infrastructure. Following a detailed evaluation process, and on the recommendation of industry experts, it selected Digital Devices Group.

The Solution

Digital Devices group began by undertaking a thorough requirement gathering exercise in order to identify the customer requirement and how it impacted their business objectives and productivity.

However, finding the right product portfolio to deliver the required results proved to be a demanding and challenging task. DDG's pre-sales team decided to use an all Cisco solution.

The design of the network was based on modified star configuration and a partial mesh topology in order to avoid single point of failure, redundancy and load balance. The backbone cabling was multiple core single mode fiber optics. The IT and Network solution supported all type of traffics like voice and data. A very close observation was taken when designing the bandwidth of the network as it shall accommodate the estimated number of employees and any future expansion in order to avoid any congestion and shall server all the unified technology architecture applications and services. Furthermore the network comprised of different level of securities to prevent any intrusion, attackers and to control access to the network.

The network design proposed by DDG:

  • The proposed infrastructure shall be a single unified infrastructure servicing all IP devices which is called multi-service network.
  • The voice services are based on the latest IP telephony devices with utilization of analogue as required.
  • Each modular / virtual switch in the SDR's will be connected to the MCCR and BCCR through two 10GBPS connections or two 1GBPS connections as per required.
  • Distribution Switches in the MCCR and BCCR will connect to all application servers that related to this section through core switches.
  • SDR per each floor shall the equipped with stackable/modular switch to support 1 GB and equipped with POE+ ports. All switches must be layer-3
  • Distribution switches in the MCCR and BCCR will be connected to two wireless controllers and are provided by UPS service.
  • Over all this system can be divided to following:
    1. Redundancy
    2. Security
    3. High Availability
    4. Scalability and expandability

Technology Deployed

  • Cisco Catalyst 6500 Enhanced 6-slot chassis,12RU,no PS,no Fan Tray (WS-C6506-E)
  • Cisco Catalyst 3850 48 Port UPOE IP Base (WS-C3850-48U-S)
  • Cisco Catalyst 3850 48 Port 10G Fiber Switch IP Base (WS-C3850-48XS-S)
  • Cisco UC Phone 7975,Gig ethernet (Cp-7975G)
  • Cisco 8831 Base/Control Panel (Cp-8831-K9=)
  • Cisco 802.11n CAP w/CleanAir; 3x4:3SS; Mod; Int Ant; E Reg Domain (AIR-CAP2602i-E-K9)
  • Cisco 5508 Series Wireless Controller for up to 100 Aps (Air-CT5508-100-K9)

We came across a number of challenges including hardware limitations like core switches without POE cards availability and switch chassis with slot limitations. We implemented a solution based on Layer-3, redundant power supply switch with highest backplane possible to address the number of ports required. Furthermore we chose the switches with UPOE that provided us maximum POE power to work with all devices including 8w, 15w, 30w and 45w rated devices.

The Benefits

Now that the entire IT group centre is running on a single Cisco-built platform supporting all core business functions, KOC is realizing multiple benefits. The centre is enjoying a seamless communication experience while cutting down substantially on time and increased productivity. This has in turn provided KOC with an ROI which is way in excess of their expectations.

Conclusion

New Multi-service Network platform enables a centralized, integrated communication flow for the business, enabling maximum efficiency and reducing the need for manual intervention.

 

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