World VoIP NewsCisco's Unified Communications project in Russia
Cisco's Unified Communications project in Russia
Enterprise Cisco has announced the successful completion of the infrastructural project of building brand new telecommunications platform for Russian Transaero airline, the second biggest airline in the country. Transaero's headquarters, located at Domodedovo airport, includes specific fault-tolerant wired and wireless networks with robust Internet connectivity and Cisco Unified Communications, enabling personnel to stay connected at any time with any kind of hardware.
Fierce competition and fast development in the air transportation industry is the major driving force for Transaero to modernize the entire network infrastructure of the airport office and to initiate open hierarchy communications systems. I-Teco, a Cisco Gold Certified Partner in Russia, which is the responsible entity within the project, had three main objectives: to create an interactive platform for the customer's information subsystems, in order to ensure Transaero employees with wireless network connectivity, as well as regular telephony communications. The essential network is built on the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches installed on customer premises. The switches are conjoined with VSS (Virtual Switching System), which transforms two physical switches in one logical device with a total throughput of 1.4 terabits per second (Tbps). Network access for endpoint devices is delivered by the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switches. If, for instance, just one of the core switches fails, the new infrastructure will keep all network resources completely available to Transaero employees. The project was implemented within a very short time-frame: only two months passed from the early stages of design to commercial operation. During that time, I-Teco experts has built a local area network (LAN) cable infrastructure for more than 1,000 ports and set up a wireless network containing Cisco 4400 Series Wireless LAN Controllers across the Transaero office, which occupies six floors (8,000 square meters). The wireless network is operated by the Cisco Wireless Control System (WCS), which configures wireless network devices, controls access rights from one central console and ensures highly secure network connections. The unified communications system is supported by Cisco Unified Communications Manager (CallManager). Cisco hardware combines all media (traditional telephony, VoIP, email and video) and ensures immediate access to different communications services from any remote device. As the operational outcome, Transaero employees can share data and collaborate at their desks, as well as in any other location by using mobile applications and portable communications devices. Users - even when they are away from their offices - can still access corporate resources with a high degree of security. Remote users are available for voice and/or video communications through their enterprise phone numbers: Enterprise telephony systems with a unified numbering plan supports automatic call forwarding to softphones and mobile devices. In addition, the new network has enabled fast connection to audio and video conferences and opened new opportunities for collaboration regardless of the users' physical location.
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