BigIron may forge a role in PwC worldwide

Foundry Networks' choice as a major gigabit network node supplier for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Auckland may lead to an expanding role for Foundry in the networks of the world's largest consultancy firm.

Foundry Networks’ choice as a major gigabit network node supplier for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Auckland may lead to an expanding role for Foundry in the networks of the world’s largest consultancy firm.

“We’ll now naturally be aiming for more business in the PwC network,” says Foundry’s New Zealand manager, Martin Mooney.

High-speed integrated networks for multinational organisations could become an even more valued element of infrastructure given the new nervousness over airline flights created by the US terrorist attacks of September 11, he says.

The Foundry installation consists of two Foundry BigIron layer 3 switches, forming the core of a national gigabit network. They will be sited in PwC’s newly unified building in central Auckland. The company previously operated from two separate Auckland

locations.

The deal also includes Foundry’s IronView network management software.

Voice over IP (VoIP) is not definitely in PwC’s plans yet, but Mooney says the infrastructure is there to take it.

“We worked with several switching manufacturers through an extensive six-month evaluation process,” says PwC’s New Zealand IT general manager, Brian Price. “After completing the assessment, we chose Foundry and its channel partner, InterConnect, to supply BigIron Layer 3 switches and FastIron Layer 2/3 switches because they provided superior performance and reliability at an affordable price.”

The company had previously had to manage a combination of ethernet and token ring technology, which raised costs, Price says.

He declined to comment further on the project, particularly its cost, but this is understood to be in the region of $500,000.

Foundry Networks is based in San Jose, California.

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