CONNECTIVITY: Maxwell Solves Connectivity Challenge
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Its a remote area and connectivity via the Telkom infrastructure was not available, says Yegan Moopen, managing member at MEI Construction and Services. Its vital that our people on site can connect easily and reliably to our head office in Johannesburg. For one thing, we are managing a large labour force and therefore time and attendance records need to be uploaded timeously so we can run accurate payrolls. We also need to be able to interact with our clients and suppliers speedily.
After looking at various options, Moopen decided to go the satellite plus Mountain Box route as it was able to provide the needed connectivity quickly, was more reliable than the cellular connection, and did not require a lengthy contract. The solution chosen was the SkyeMax product from Maxwell Technologies, a subsidiary of Barnstone in combination with the Mountain Box product manufactured by 5th Mountain Networks.
SkyeMax offers satellite broadband connectivity at affordable rates across Africa. Only a satellite dish is required, and the basic service fee includes the first gigabit of data. Top ups can be purchased easily, and unused capacity rolled over into the following month, making it a very flexible option.
Maxwell Technologies partnered with 5th Mountain Networks, which supplied its MountainBox, a network appliance that virtualises the wide-area network, allowing it to be managed as a highly secure whole. MountainBox also offers other features such as a firewall, IDS/IPS and content-filtering. With one MountainBox onsite and one at MEI Constructions and Services headquarters, a virtual private network was created to provide secure connectivity and simultaneous Internet access. MEI Construction and Services has been able to access and fine-tune their Internet usage policy and spend based on the reporting tools of the MountainBox.
This is a great example of how SkyeMax can provide reliable, high-speed communication to a remote site very rapidly, says Kallie Carlsen, technical director at Maxwell Technologies. When its coupled with a user-friendly appliance like MountainBox, you have a solution that is easy to manage and offers the security an enterprise needs.
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