T-Systems South Africa has launched a ‘Network-in-a-Box’ solution so that businesses expanding operations in new locations, franchise sites, pop-up stores or short-term leases can now instantly connect to their broader corporate infrastructure.
“We’re dramatically simplifying and accelerating the process of setting up shop in a new location,” said Louis Kirstein, Portfolio Manager for Connectivity and Networks at T-Systems.
“Everything is immediately available – from your active directory, to your security protocols, IP telephony systems, payment platforms, guest access policies, cloud business services and any other systems available on the corporate network.”
By removing configuration and setup hassles, Network-in-a-Box enables businesses to open their doors and begin trading far quicker than before.
Previously, businesses would often have to wait for connectivity to be made available and then painstakingly integrate network policies into the new site, delaying the opening of the new branch.
As successful South African businesses expand into new regions across different provinces, Kirstein says that Internet access is often a challenge. Network-in-a-Box leverages whatever connection is available – from fixed-line options like fibre and DSL, to wireless services like 3G and LTE, private networks like MPLS and even satellite.
“We’re able to use and to consolidate connectivity from any of these sources, to ensure sufficient throughput and ultimately the smooth delivery of business and transactional services.”
Network-in-a-Box is ideally suited to
- Retail – Franchise and pop-up store environments, as well as other temporary installations such as mass sporting and music events, stores in shopping malls undergoing renovations, stores at commuter networks and sites where businesses may simply be ‘testing the waters’ in terms of viability
- Automotive – Temporary installations when expanding operations to include vehicle servicing and other franchise requirements
- Manufacturing – Connecting disparate operations across plants and manufacturing facilities