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High Network Availability at MARG

  1. 1. CASE STUDYJUNIPER NETWORKS SWITCHES ON HIGHAVAILABILITY FOR MARGIMPROVED AVAILABILITY AND BUSINESS EFFICIENCY WHILEMAINTAINING HIGH PRODUCTIVITY AT THE INFRASTRUCTURE ANDREAL ESTATE CONGLOMERATE. MARG Group is one of Indias fastest growing infrastructure organizations, undertaking holisticSummary regional development that unlocks economic prosperity and creates inclusive & sustainable growthCompany: MARG Ltd. models. The organization has embarked on an innovation-led development that few haveIndustry:Infrastructure and Real Estate attempted and is part of the canvas of new sustainable India.Challenge: MARG stands for “Models of Accelerated Regional Growth”: The organization is redefiningMARG Group needed a high-availability urbanism with unique sustainable and inclusive models. “MARG” is known for its vision onnetwork with redundancy to support “sustainable growth” and aims for promoting regional development.operations at its new multi-storey Listed by Dun & Bradstreet among “Indias Top 500 Companies 2010”, MARG Group has projectsheadquarters. worth more than Rs. 5000 crores under execution, a seasoned human capital of more than 1300,The company also wanted the network to global partners in the Infra space and offices spread across India, Singapore and China.minimize any business disruptions when With over two decades of reassuring presence and pioneering the development development ofmoving to the new facility and to facilitatethe growth of future business. economic growth centers, MARGs portfolio spans across the entire infrastructure value chain.Selection Criteria: MARGs business is structured across 4 verticals :The network solution had to meet MARGGroups current and future network a) URBAN & INDUSTRIAL INFRASTRUCTURE;availability demands. b) MARINE INFRASTRUCTURE & SERVICES;The company was also looking for a cost- c) REAL ESTATE;effective solution that simplified d) EPC (Engineering, Procurement & Construction)management.Network Solution: Real Estate vertical encompasses both Residential (showcasing a range of living spaces fromŸ Juniper Networks EX2200 Ethernet Switch functional budget apartments to super luxury villas) & Commercial (development of retail,Ÿ Juniper Networks EX4200 Ethernet SwitchŸ Juniper Networks Jseries routers commercial & leisure space).Ÿ Juniper Networks Network and Security Manager EPC division provides integrated turnkey solutions and its range of services includes providingResults: integrated design, engineering, material procurement, field services, construction and projectSince deployment, the network has notsuffered any degradation or outage. The management services for infrastructure sector projects and real estate sector projects. EPC catershighly available network pleased both the IT to both green-field and brown field projects and offers engineering, procurement andteam and the internal users, while construction services.minimizing disruption during the move tothe new headquarters. The group is expanding its sectoral presence with airport projects in Bellary and Bijapur and Multi-The appliance approach and a single level car park projects.operating system with Junos exceededexpectations and allowed MARG Group tosimplify their network management. Today, MARG is well on its way to becoming a billion dollar company. 1
  2. 2. Challenge(s) SolutionAs an infrastructure conglomerate MARG Group knows and understands MARG installed 50 Juniper Networks EX4200 and EX2000 Ethernet switches,the value of the network in tying the organization together, enabling and a pair of J Series routers, in a highly redundant architecture. Running onsynergies to compete more effectively and foster business growth. It was Junos, the design allowed room to scale the data center with high levels ofalso well aware that in the world of 24x7 business, network downtime redundancy when business demanded it.cannot be tolerated. Today, Juniper Networks Network and Security Manager enables the ITIn July 2010, MARG decided to migrate its head office to a new multi- team at MARG Group to manage the network more effectively using anstorey building in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India that could accommodate intuitive, easy-to-use interface. This has allowed the IT team to take controlmore than 1,000 employees. The move was designed to increase synergy of its entire device life cycle with a single, centralized console that includes aand operational efficiency by improving communications and resource complete array of investigative and reporting tools. That means that thesharing. team controls all functions of their switching and security infrastructure – including device configuration, network settings, and security policy –There was a need for a robust IT network infrastructure to cater for future through a single pane window.growth and provide a solid information backbone for the groupsoperations. Network availability and redundancy were now critical The entire implementation was done in just two months and went live inconcerns, especially with all of MARGs top management residing in one one go.building. “We did a big bang. We installed and tested everything. So when the“We wanted to consolidate our resources and build a robust and highly employees came in, they only needed to plug their computers in to theavailable network. We did not want any LAN or WAN outages to affect the network and start working,” said Vidwans. “This minimized operationalbusiness. We wanted to streamline operations, grow the existing business disruption from the move while at the same time delivering a boost toand look at the various opportunities without having to worry about IT,” productivity.”Amol Vidwans, Head – IT at MARG.Selection Criteria ResultsWith these needs in mind, MARG Groups IT team looked for a solution to The success of the deployment was immediately recognized by theits technical requirements. After searching the market and evaluating a network users themselves. Internal customers were extremely happy. Theynumber of options, the team selected a campus networking solution from were productive from day one. From a business perspective there wasJuniper Networks. minimal disruption when moving into the office.Juniper Networks ability to build redundancy at every floor of the The planning, co-ordination and implementation support from the Juniperbuildings network and its wide range of innovative features that were partner and the close working relationship with Juniper Networks were keyconsidered important. MARG uses a lot of data, video and voice. So reasons for a successful implementation.availability of the network is very critical. “The high-availability solutionthat Juniper proposed was was therefore a good fit with our Since deployment, the company has not suffered any network outage. Inrequirements,” said Vidwans. fact, the new network is now enabling MARG to explore more business opportunities without worrying about the networks ability to supportThe fact that Juniper Networks was able to deliver a solution out of a box corporate ambitions.is something that was unique compared to the other vendors proposalsevaluated by the MARG Group team. Competitive pricing strategy also “This was a good example of a technology solution made available at theplayed a critical role in the final decision. right price and at the right time, which is futuristic, and most importantly investment proof” said Vidwans.Lastly, the Junos operating system helped Juniper Network seal the dealby providing the MARG Group with a single operating system for all Next Steps and Lessons Learnednetwork devices. It means the company would no longer not have to Based on its experience and success with using Juniper Networks at itsmaintain multiple copies of network operating systems. It also meant new head office campus network, MARG is now exploring the possibility offewer staff required to manage the solution and lower training costs. standardizing on Juniper Networks across all locations.For More InformationTo find out more about Juniper Networks products and solutions, visit http://www.juniper.net“This was a good example of a technology solution made available at the right price and atthe right time that was futuristic and most importantly investment proof.” — Amol Vidwans, Head – Information Technology, MARG Ltd. 2
  3. 3. About Juniper NetworksJuniper Networks, Inc. is the leader in high-performancenetworking. Juniper offers a high-performance networkinfrastructure that creates a responsive and trusted environmentfor accelerating the deployment of services and applicationsover a single network. This fuels high-performance businesses.Additional information can be found at www.juniper.net.Corporate and Sales Headquarters APAC Headquarters EMEA Headquarters To purchase Juniper Networks solutions,Juniper Networks, Inc. Juniper Networks (Hong Kong) Juniper Networks Ireland please contact your Juniper Networks1194 North Mathilda Avenue 26/F, Cityplaza One Airside Business Park representative at 1-866-298-6428 orSunnyvale, CA 94089 USA 1111 King’s Road Swords, County Dublin, Ireland authorized reseller.Phone: 888.JUNIPER (888.586.4737) Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong Phone: 35.31.8903.600or 408.745.2000 Phone: 852.2332.3636 EMEA Sales: 00800.4586.4737Fax: 408.745.2100 Fax: 852.2574.7803 Fax: 35.31.8903.601www.juniper.netCopyright 2011 Juniper Networks, Inc. All rights reserved. Juniper Networks, the Juniper Networks logo, Junos, NetScreen,and ScreenOS are registered trademarks of Juniper Networks, Inc. in the United States and other countries.All other trademarks, service marks, registered marks, or registered service marks are the property oftheir respective owners. Juniper Networks assumes no responsibility for any inaccuracies in this document.JuniperNetworks reserves the right to change, modify, transfer, or otherwise revise this publication without notice. Printed on recycled paper 3