Kyrgyz Retailer’s Network Equipment Yet to Fail Once for 8 Years

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“Zyxel’s equipment has been brilliant in coping with our daily tasks, working for the past eight years without an equipment failure. And separately, a nice bonus is the easy scalability and administration of the network for emerging tasks. Now we’re always ready for any change in business processes, relocations, reconstructions, or whatever else.”


Evgeny Yevtushenko
Head of Maintenance Department
UMAI Group

Summary

Imagine launching a network across dozens of geographically dispersed locations and not having a single network failure that entire time. This has been exactly the case for UMAI Group. Nearly a decade ago, the fast-growing retail chain moved to unify its branches under a single network to improve customer service quality. At the time, each store maintained its own network, all using different equipment, often designed for home use. Evgeny Yevtushenko, Head of Maintenance Department at UMAI Group recalls, “The goal was fault-tolerant infrastructure capable of operating 24/7." The company wanted standardized equipment, improved stability, and the ability to connect branches to the internet via different ISPs. Given the project’s scale, a competitive price-to-quality ratio was also critical. “The customer tested samples from several manufacturers,” says Aibek Alymbayev, PM of Zyxel’s Kyrgyzstan partner, IM Computers. “Although they all worked OK, Zyxel’s stood out for its combination of price, quality, and ease of management.” Operations were smooth right from the initial deployment, with the switches, firewalls, and APs humming along without a problem. UMAI Group has stuck with Zyxel ever since, in recent years transitioning to the Nebula cloud-based management solution.

Challenges

  • Create a unified network connecting all stores, which were running their own networks, all with different equipment
  • Ensure the new infrastructure is easy for staff to configure and manage
  • Meet strict price-to-quality and reliability requirements

Benefits

  • Fault-tolerant infrastructure capable of operating 24/7
  • Multi-site branches can be managed easily and effectively
  • Improved customer service supported by trustworthy network products and services

Products used

NWA1123-AC PRO 802.11ac Access Point

USG20/20W-VPN Business Firewall

USG60 UTM Firewall

USG310 UTM Firewall

GS1900 Series Smart Managed Switch

GS1920v2 Series Smart Managed Switch

GS1300-10HP Unmanaged Switch For Surveillance

GS1350-18HP Smart Managed Switch For Surveillance

GS2200/GS2210 Series L2 Managed Switch

GS1200-8 Web Managed Gigabit Switch

GS1100-10HP/24/24E Unmanaged Switch Products used

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  • In my country, we often say that failure is the mother of success. Sometimes I find it right because it teaches me many things. duck life