High-speed expansion network infrastructure

High-speed expansion of the complex ReasonNet network infrastructure

ReasonNet BV has now been a reliable provider of network and hosting facilities and a strong Cloud Services provider for two decades.
Martin Prins, COO of ReasonNet, explains, “On the basis of our clear vision of ‘quality and strength’, we now administer a large number of ICT environments. Strong partnerships guarantee premium ICT service.”

Mulder-Hardenberg was brought in to expand ReasonNet’s glass distribution network. The company developed a clever total solution for ReasonNet for Optical Distribution Frames (ODF’s) in the Meet-Me-Rooms (MMR’s) three years ago. The basis for a good relationship and the confidence to build a good and solid network in datacenters was created.

The Challenge
To realise 1152 glass fibre splices between the various computer areas within two weeks! This would include OTDR measuring in order to guarantee the quality of the splices. Not an easy task, given the very short time span and the complexity of the network infrastructure. Besides supplying the glass fiber solution, Mulder-Hardenberg was also responsible for providing the copper solution (the UTP network).

Prins explains: “It is very important that our service provision is top class. The glass fiber network in our datacenters is of crucial significance in this. We have had to speed up the time span for rolling out the new network in order to comply with our customer’s requirements.”

Hans Tovar, Business Development Manager Fiber Optics at Mulder-Hardenberg and specialist in Fiber to the Home (FttH): “Switching over quickly was imperative in this project. While we were devising the solution for ReasonNet, we checked  that the correct materials were in stock. It was necessary to directly involve one of our partners, BAM Infratechniek Telecom, at this stage. They were able to supply the required cables from their stock and they also had an experienced splicer available in the very short term.”

The Solution
Mulder-Hardenberg, together with their partner BAM Infratechniek Telecom, has worked out a unique, fast total solution: complete connections between MMR1 and MMR2 to the server room. All these connections have been finished off in splice-patch drawers. Everything could be realised and completed within the required period thanks to this solution and, of course, tight timing and planning.

The total solution is based on ODF frames in combination with ODF bearing frames.
Tovar explainst: “A methodology specially designed by us for managing the extra lengths of the glass fibre cables easily can be found in the frames. This keeps everything well-organised and easy to manage for the operator if he has to replace a cable or add a new one.”

The Implementation
On the day after ReasonNet had in fact given immediate approval for our project proposal, BAM Infratechniek Telecom delivered the glass fibre cables directly to ReasonNet. Mulder-Hardenberg had ensured that all the other materials, such as splice drawers, splice protectors and assembly material, were already at the location.

The ReasonNet personnel had drawn all the cables from the MMRs to the server room during the weekend and on Monday the splicer from BAM Infratechniek Telecom started work under Hans Tovar’s supervision. When the splicing work was finished, the splicer took the OTDR measurements. These measurements are necessary to guarantee the quality of the splices between the MMRs to the server room. Tovar then evaluated and approved the values and passed them on to ReasonNet. Mulder-Hardenberg then officially handed over the splices to ReasonNet.

The Result
Hundreds of high-quality glass fiber splices were made for the expansion of ReasonNet’s complex glass distribution network in a very short space of time.
Also 48-way splices instead of 24-way splices were directly installed. The unused cables were stored in splice cassettes. The greatest advantage of this is that if the client wants to increase the capacity later, he only needs to make new splices and does not need to draw new cables. Really time-saving!

Prins concludes: “A complex network infrastructure, based on the Cisco VMDC, was put into service for ReasonNet and their customers within the space of two weeks. This cannot immediately be expressed in terms of cash but in a direct interpretation of the quality and speed of our service provision. We are filled with satisfaction when we look back on this.”

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