At AGC Glass Europe the central network infrastructure is becoming increasingly important. As part of its modernisation process, the company went looking for new network partners in all of the European countries where it has a facility. The head office and two main datacenters of AGC Glass are located in Belgium. For this reason, the company placed additionally high requirements on its new Belgian partner. Eurofiber proved to be the ideal match.
As part of the largest manufacturer of flat glass in the world, AGC Glass Europe processes and distributes flat glass for construction, the automotive sector and the solar industry. In order to centralise the countless applications and communication resources of the various AGC sites, the network is essential for the group to operate properly. It was vitally important for the European organisation to make the right choice in Belgium. “Our head office and two main datacenters are located here and Belgium is at heart of our European network,” says Guy Vanderperren from AGC Glass Europe’s ICT Infrastructure – Corporate Network department. “So we went looking for the extremely dependable partner.”
Today, after a flawless implementation programme, all of the AGC sites in Belgium have Ethernet VPN via fiber optic with a minimum bandwidth of 10 Mb/s. The larger sites, such as Mol, Fleurus and Moustier, have a 20 Mb/s or even 50 Mb/s connection so that they can handle larger volumes of data. AGC Glass Europe also benefits from very exacting Service Level Agreements, based on a fully redundant fiber optic backbone.
The biggest advantage of the Eurofiber network is the shorter connections. In the main, the optical fiber network follows the path of railway lines. Having this extensive network enables Eurofiber to offer customised solutions and guarantee optimum availability of the circuit. The international POPs (Points of Presence) also provide uninterrupted connection outside our national borders. AGC Glass is also able to rely on the services of Eurofiber’s Network Operations Centre. The Centre monitors the network 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and takes action whenever a problem crops up.
“We were looking for a highly dependable partner for Belgium, which is the heart of our European network. The Eurofiber network covers our 20 sites in Belgium, provides consistent, high-quality communication and is easy to manage.”
Guy Vanderperren, ICT Infrastructure – Corporate Network, AGC Glass Europe