London 2012 was the first 3D Olympics, with wall-to-wall coverage available variously in HD and ultra-HD, on tablets and on mobile phones and on radio and television around the world. For everyone around the world that connected in many ways to stay tuned to the Olympics, Cisco (News - Alert) was hard at work making it all happen. The network equipment provider supplied more than 30 live sites, 1,800 wireless access points, 2,220 switches, 10,000 cable TV sockets, 16,500 telephones/IP handsets, 65,00 active network ports and 80,000 connections across 94 locations, all of which were crucial to the communications infrastructure for the Games.
Cisco wasn’t the only playmaker for communications success in the Olympics. XS International, a provider of IT solutions for commercial and federal customers, provided IT networking solutions to Aldea Solutions Inc., provider of broadcast quality video services and solutions for the television, film, and media industries, which used the HP switches to support its clients during the London 2012 Olympics.
Aldea used the HP VL1910 Ethernet switches to implement the private network used for control and monitoring of their video transmission equipment as well as delivery of Ethernet services to its customers at the London 2012 Olympics.
The choice of the HP VL1910 was in continuity with Aldea standard practices in network architecture and deployment. Aldea had originally selected the switch for its excellent VLAN management, layer 3 switching ability, POE support and ease of use.
“Since the first deployment more than two years ago, the product has performed flawlessly,” said Steve Bergeron, director of operation and networking engineering for Aldea, adding, “XS International is a great partner of Aldea and the main supplier of the switches for their outstanding support and value.”
XS International offers IT maintenance services for a number of manufacturers, including HP, Dell, Juniper, IBM (News - Alert) and Cisco. Its alternative to Cisco SMARTnet, Cisco’s technical support service, offers benefits and services such as contract flexibilities, payment flexibilities, simple contract management and customer tailored reporting.
It also supports Cisco equipment beyond Cisco End-of-Life and End-of-Service and offers support on HP, IBM, Oracle (News - Alert)/Sun and Dell “branded” Cisco products.
To learn more about XSi’s alternative to Cisco SMARTnet, click here.
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Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli