3Com-Old Red Museum
After extensive renovations, the 1890s courthouse that houses the Old Red Museum once again opened its doors in 2007. While renovations were being completed, it was decided that the entire building should be outfitted with an integrated voice and data network based on VoIP and Ethernet technology.
Vendor: 3Com (NYSE: COMS)
Customer: Old Red Museum www.oldred.org
Vertical Markets: Nonprofit museum
Platform, 3Com 3101 and 3102 IP phones, 3Com Wireless LAN Switch WX1200, 3Com Wireless Switch Manager, 3ComWireless LAN Managed Access Point 2750, 3Com Network Director, TippingPoint 50 Intrusion Prevention System
While renovations were being completed, it was decided that the entire building should be outfitted with an integrated voice and data network based on VoIP and Ethernet technology. Since those in charge of building this network were basically starting from scratch, they faced numerous challenges, including building a phone system, installing network switches, providing enterprise wireless capabilities, and deploying a firewall. All of these tasks would have to be accomplished before a functional and robust network would be up and running.
To meet these challenges, manager of IT Ross Crabtree decided to work with Allcom Solutions, a 3Com partner. After listening to the museum's unique needs, Allcom designed a voice and data network using 3Com technologies that could meet the museum's internal communication and collaboration requirements and support its network-based interactive exhibits and computers. This specially designed network was then implemented by Crabtree, Old Red Museums only IT professional.
The new network is user-friendly, scalable, easy to manage, and affordable compared to Cisco and Nortel systems. According to Crabtree, the wireless portion of the network alone delivered a one-time cost savings of $20,000. This network gives employees voice and data connectivity that is fast, secure, and user-friendly, and it can be managed effectively by one IT expert. Finally, it allows visitors to learn more about the history of the Dallas area by using interactive PCs that are hooked into Old Reds robust network.
Further details: http://www.3com.com/other/pdfs/solutions/en_US/oldred.pdf
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