Swansway Garages are an independent family owned automotive retailer based in Crewe, Cheshire. Swansway have a range of 18 approved dealership franchises covering many industry leading brands.
Swansway’s WAN had grown organically over the years, consisting of a number of single links, connecting each branch individually to their headquarters in Crewe. Each remote branch could therefore only communicate with HQ – not with each other, meaning a disaster at Crewe would have resulted in no remote branches being able to function and a failure of the hardware at HQ would have caused downtime at the affected site until the hardware could be replaced. This network design therefore didn’t provide Swansway with any resiliency.
As the network has been in place for a number of years, it was showing signs of aging, lacked resiliency and was experiencing a number of performance issues at certain branches.
ANS were asked to design and implement a new WAN for the group which would firstly increase bandwidth, secondly offer a design which would facilitate DR and thirdly, allow flexibility and support future expansion.