G.R. Lane Health
If you’ve ever reached for a bottle of Olbas Oil to keep cold symptoms at bay, or used Kalms to get a good night’s sleep, you’re familiar with GR Lane. Over the past 80 years, the family-run healthcare brand has developed some of the most recognisable health and wellbeing products sold in the UK.
Developing some of Britain’s best-loved medicines requires a huge team effort. To ensure collaboration is at the heart of GR Lane, the pharmaceuticals manufacturer has worked with DTP over the years to ensure its network is ready to empower and connect teams.
With its existing wireless networking platform reaching end of life, GR Lane turned to DTP again for advice on refreshing its networking infrastructure – and making the most of important new networking technologies and soultions to further enhance collaboration and productivity.
NEW NETWORK, NEW OPPORTUNITIES
In 2012, GR Lane began its partnership with DTP, acquiring a HP MSM wireless controller and access points – along with consultancy and support. However, five years on, the MSM line was discontinued, leaving GR Lane to look for a replacement system. Far from just a refresh, GR Lane’s IT Manager, Jamie Hamblin, saw an opportunity to make the most of new wireless networking innovations.
“The main driver was to refresh our unsupported wireless network. But there was an opportunity to do things even better this time. In particular, I was excited to deploy wireless equipment that would support new Wave 2 wireless standards.”
Jamie and his team began researching different wireless options, testing a range of units, including Dell’s Aerohive platform. It was at this point that DTP recommended HPE’s new Aruba networking range.
After discussing his needs with DTP, Jamie learned about Aruba, a network platform that could operate alongside the existing infrastructure using the Aruba “Instant” mode, while offering a range of powerful Wave 2 access points. And as the Aruba platform would come from HPE and include support from DTP, Jamie knew it would be reliable and backed up with full technical assistance.
“Throughout our partnership with DTP, we’ve always known that if there was a problem, DTP would be there to fix it. They’ve always been available and looked after us and our equipment. We knew if we went with Aruba we could count on that level of support. We weren’t sure if we’d get the same treatment from Dell if we chose Aerohive.”
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