[Case] Clinton National Bank

Published On 03 Dec 2020

Source: https://frontierbv.nl/case-studies-en/clinton-national-bank-en/?lang=en

Originally entering business in 1865, Clinton National is one of the first financial institutions in the State of Iowa, US.

Clinton National was using strictly an MPLS T1 network between 9 branch locations. No redundancy or ability to transfer large amounts of data to offsite locations. Large data transfer had to be done strictly by tapes manually transferred between locations.

Ever-increasing costs of local loop Telco lines to attach from a branch into their MPLS cloud prompted Clinton National to look for alternative ways to make this connection. They also wanted a method for branch connectivity in the event the MPLS circuit went down, as well as replicate/transfer large amounts of data between data centers.

Challenges

  • Connecting their branches onto their existing network.
  • To have a backup connection if MPLS went down.
  • Costs of local loop Telco lines to attach from a branch into their MPLS cloud kept increasing.

Solutions

Clinton National Bank deployed Balance 580’s at their 2 largest branches, which serve as their production data centres and their backup disaster recovery (DR) site.

At their smaller locations they have deployed Balance 210. This allows them to have a backup Peplink SpeedFusion virtual private network (VPN) between branches, and to replicate data between the two data centres using the full aggregated bandwidth they achieve through multiple high speed WAN connections from the Peplink devices.

Benefits

Their network has been greatly enhanced, not only in speed, but also reliability.

They have redundant connections between their locations and their data centers and they are fully utilizing the flexibility of the Peplink devices.

We have been able to increase our bandwidth from 1.5M to approx. 20/5 at our branches that were previously costing us a very high rate. Our ROI will be a very short time period, thus increasing profitably at some locations where profits were being taken up substantially in Telco costs alone. We anticipate savings of approximately $2500 per month.

The flexibility of the Peplinks, which allowed us to utilize multiple low-cost, high-speed WAN connections, allowed us to achieve our goal of lowering overall communication costs while increasing the speed and reliability of our network. Also, the level of support from our vendor FrontierUS helped us achieve our goals in a timely manner.

Kevin RossInformation Technology Officer, Clinton National Bank

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