Case Study: Korn/Ferry
Korn/Ferry is the world’s leading provider of recruitment solutions. The European headquarters,
based in London were opened in 1972. Following considerable company growth a decision was taken to move the company to more suitable offices. The prestigious address selected was 123 Buckingham Palace Road.
As a company with a high degree of dependence on sophisticated IT systems, the move was more than simply packing up desks. The move also meant a complete re-think of Korn/Ferry’s networking infrastructure. A strategic decision was made to employ state-of-the-art Category 6 network cabling and a powerful Cisco network infrastructure.
Following competitive tendering, SMT were selected to provide the 1200 outlet installation and the Cisco network infrastructure. The Cisco network comprised two Cisco Catalyst 6500 chassis-based, high-performance switches. These were configured to provide a fault resilient infrastructure with exceptional performance. This included layer 2 and layer 3 switching for Ethernet, Fast Ethernet and Gigabit devices. Included within the resilient structure were dual redundant power supplies, dual supervisor engines, dual high-speed back planes. With each of the business’s Compaq servers having dual fail-over Gigabit Ethernet cards, the entire system was designed to provide total reliability and performance.
As part of the complete building re-fit, a Molex Powercat6 flood wiring system totalling 1,200 Category 6 outlets was installed in the offices. The Category 6 solution offered Korn/Ferry the most up to date and technologically advanced system with a very high degree of future proofing.
The comprehensive warranty was particularly important to Korn/Ferry. The SMT lifetime guarantee is supported by a 25-year Molex warranty. Molex were consulted at every stage in the project, and regular inspections ensured that the cabling was installed correctly and complied with the stringent Category 6 standards as well as Korn/Ferry’s network requirements.
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