[case study preview] MPLS Replacement Saves Harrington $100,000


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Overview

Harrington Plastics, the US’s largest industrial plastics distributor, was looking to upgrade its aging network equipment. Harrington’s team came across Peplink and started thinking about MPLS alternatives. By choosing Peplink, they saved a fortune on upgrades and ended up with yearly savings of up to $100,000.

Requirements

  • Zero network outages
  • Flexible resilience options
  • Cost-effective solution

Solution

  • Peplink Balance 1350
  • Peplink Balance 380
  • Unbreakable VPN

Benefits

  • Extreme savings of $100,000 per year
  • 4x the bandwidth
  • Seamless hardware failover
  • Highly available network due to WAN diversity
  • Easy resilience achieved by adding 4G USB modems

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“Yesterday I discontinued our last 3 MPLS circuits.”
[RIGHT]- Charles Miller, Harrington Industrial Plastics[/RIGHT]

Time for an upgrade

Harrington Industrial Plastics decided it was time to upgrade its aging network equipment. Its existing solution used redundant MPLS for site-to-site traffic and broadband connections for Internet access. Harrington is the US’s largest distributor of industrial plastics, and it requires peak performance at all times in order to serve its large customer base and 43 busy branches.

Quick deployment and unbreakable connectivity

In evaluating an upgrade to its network infrastructure, it was only natural that Harrington settled on the best in the industry - Peplink. Peplink partner FrontierUS was chosen to design and deploy the solution. Since Peplink gear is so easy to configure and install, FrontierUs was able to roll out the entire solution to the corporate headquarters and all 43 branches within an unexpectedly short timeframe.


The corporate office houses a pair of redundant Balance 1530s for hardware resilience. Served by 4 separate links from multiple service providers, the network’s chance of an outage is practically zero. All 43 branches are now equipped with a fleet of Balance 380s, bonding cable and fiber-optic links together with an additional 4G USB modem for added resilience. These work together to create an Unbreakable VPN connection to the Balance 1530s at the corporate office, connecting the final dot.
Dependable, resilient networking that’s also very budget-friendly


Harrington Plastics couldn’t be happier. They now benefit from an extremely reliable and cost-effective network. Supplying additional resilience is as easy as plugging in a 4G USB modem. Where the MPLS 768kb deployed previously had cost them $192000 a year for all 40 sites, their new solution is now only costing them $92000. Their total bandwidth has been bumped from 36 Mbps to 138 Mbps.

“Even with this additional redundancy we are still saving almost 100k annually as compared to dedicated T1 and MPLS costs. Not to mention we are now getting 4 times the bandwidth!”
[RIGHT]- Charles Miller, Harrington Plastics[/RIGHT]
Special thanks to Peplink Partner FrontierUS](http://www.frontiercomputercorp.com/).


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Nice case study!! This just needs to be proofread for any typos.

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thanks Tim. no worries this is still a draft

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