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A stable, cloud-ready network support NXP Semiconductors’ global business
Together with NXP, we use cloud-based services for office application, such as email, video conferencing and data storage to make it easier for employees to collaborate, work effectively when away from the office, and store and share large files. NXP also required the simplicity and convenience of hosted solutions for managing HR and other company-wide functions.
Why did NXP need to refresh their network architecture?
Prior to the transformation, the corporate network was around six years old – too old to have been designed with access to cloud applications in mind.
Every site had a network connection to its nearest NXP regional data center in Europe, Asia and the Americas; internet breakout was available only at the data centers. ‘That worked fine while the majority of our IT services were hosted locally and network traffic was mostly intra-company,’ says Maurice Arntz, Senior Director, Infrastructure IT Solutions at NXP.
‘But, as we ramped up our use of cloud applications, the network struggled to support the sharp rise in internet traffic.’
As the contract with NXP’s connectivity provider approached renewal time, Arntz seized the opportunity to refresh the network architecture and optimize it for consumption of cloud services.
‘NTT’s proposal for an MPLS network and internet access service fitted perfectly,’ says Arntz.
‘We were convinced by their ability to help us realize our network transformation, and their readiness to build a good working relationship with us.
Managed Services, Consulting Services, Technical Services, Cloud Services
MPLS network, Internet Access Service, SIP Trunking
‘Overall project governance was very effective, and NTT maintained engagement with us at all levels. It truly felt like a collaborative journey.’, Senior Director, Infrastructure IT Solutions NXP
How did NXP manage business as usual, despite an ever-expanding and rapidly growing organization?
Our MPLS network gives NXP the option to converge voice and data and reduce outgoing call costs by making the transition to IP voice.
However, just before contract signature, a new requirement arose. NXP acquired Freescale Semiconductors, doubling the size of the business overnight. ‘The acquisition added a whole new dimension to our network transformation. We had to integrate the two companies onto a single network at the same time as rolling out the new architecture to every site.’ says Arntz. ‘NTT accommodated our expanded requirements seamlessly into the contract.’
Together with NXP, we agreed on a multi-phase project for rolling out the entire network, including the Freescale integration.
‘Business had to continue as normal throughout,’ points out Arntz. ‘In particular, all our design centers and factories operate 24/7. Halting design and production for a network renewal was out of the question.’
To avoid interruptions, we added and tested the new connections at each site before disconnecting the old ones. ‘A key member of the team was our dedicated project manager, who provided excellent support for what was a complex network transformation,’ says Arntz.
What has a new network architecture enabled NXP to do?
‘Now every site has its own internet access, we have the bandwidth to use cloud applications efficiently,’ says Arntz. NTT implemented SIP trunking, which enabled the two largest NXP sites in the Netherlands to make and receive voice calls over the MPLS network.
The solution enhanced monitoring capabilities, providing increased network visibility. ‘We have more insight into our network, and can quickly flag any issues,’ says Arntz. ‘At the same time, they are very proactive around incident handling and resolution. That means far fewer outages affecting network performance.’
The new network is much more secure. ‘The nature of our business makes us a prime target for cybercriminals,’ explains Arntz. NXP rigorously protects their intellectual property and ensures their development and manufacturing environments are highly secure. ‘We’ve now ring-fenced our company through the security features in the network design and on the network itself.’
Amtz’s confident we can handle the network-related implications that come with NXP’s dynamic agenda of mergers, acquisitions and divestments.
‘NTT smoothly carved out the network supporting Standard Products’ five factories and approximately 10,000 employees,’ says Arntz. ‘They’ve proved they can easily support this type of business activity.’