AMC Networks International
ACEDA were engaged to provide the design, supply, installation and commissioning of a leading edge dual data centre solution for the prestigious AMC Networks International – UK (AMCNI – UK). Following an extensive design, development and consultancy process, a robust, future proof Cisco network was deployed at AMCNI – UK’s new office space in central London.
AMCNI – UK is a leading international broadcaster and distributor of a number of thematic television channels across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. The diverse portfolio includes AMC, SundanceTV, Eva and Extreme Sports Channel together with joint venture and partnership channels: Outdoor Channel plus CBS Drama, CBS Action, CBS Reality, CBS Europa and Horror Channel with CBS Studios International. The channels are programmed for local audiences, languages and markets, and are available on numerous platforms including HD, on demand and mobile devices. AMCNI – UK is a business unit of AMC Networks International which delivers entertaining and acclaimed programming to more than 140 countries and territories.
Throughout the duration of the project ACEDA faced many challenges. Establishing the optimum conceptual design at an early stage was critically important to the successful outcome of the project. ACEDA’s Senior Network Architects produced numerous design documents, including a high level design and low level design which were rigorously scrutinised by the IT Infrastructure team before the installation commenced.
The main challenge was centred around equipping media professionals with a high speed, high performance and resilient network. Demands on the IT infrastructure included digital TV and video content editing whilst providing a resilient network for other employees to work from.
ACEDA worked with the client from the initial phases of the project to evolve each element of the design. ACEDA’s in-House Cisco experts proposed a dual data centre solution which would best serve the network requirements of the media giant.
A comprehensive Cisco Nexus Core and Edge switching solution was designed and implemented within resilient impressive dual data centres onsite. The solution was designed with high performance and resilience at the forefront. A Cisco wireless network was installed across multiple floors to provide employees with seamless connectivity for mobile devices.
To support the complex Cisco network, ACEDA installed a futureproof data and fibre cabling solution which compromised of 1,000 data points, copper interlinks, a fibre backbone, cable matting and associated accessories. Other key features of the installation included a rack based fire suppression system which was designed to address any fires within the cabinet space with a gas based solution that does not damage equipment, unlike traditional sprinkler systems.
Throughout the project, each member of the ACEDA delivery team worked with other contractors and trades to deliver the clients vision of a contemporary, relaxed and creative working space.
This project culminated in a well designed, functional and adaptable network that meets the demands of a busy media company. AMCNI’s Vice President of Information Technology said “ACEDA provided guidance and expertise from conception to completion. Their knowledge of networking from the Cisco core and edge switching to the rack based fire suppression solution was second to none. Engineers worked around the clock, often on evenings and weekends to ensure the installation was complete for our office launch. Regular communication was maintained throughout the project which made the process seamless.”
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- Cisco Nexus Core & Edge Switching
- Cisco Wireless LAN
- Dual Data Centre Solution
- Rack Based Fire Suppression System
- Network & Fibre Optic Cabling