Schulze Law Associates (Schulze Advogados Associados) are a large successful law firm in Brazil, providing legal consultancy to their business clients across the region. In over 20 years of operation, they expanded from their headquarters in Joinville and now have 15 branches around the country. When any business expands and develops, their data network requirements expand with them, so when Schulze Law Associates constructed their own new headquarters building in early 2012, they required a serious upgrade for their network infrastructure to match the new sophisticated environment.
The new headquarters in Joinville is a modern eight-story building with over 4000 square meters of space. Schulze Law Associates needed a partner that could deliver a new high-performance network infrastructure, one which would overcome the network bottlenecks of their previous headquarters. Other than boosting performance, Schulze Law Associates required a comprehensive solution that could handle a prioritized service for VoIP traffic, and yet would be simple to manage and, above all, cost-effective.
After careful planning and consideration, Schulze Law Associates selected Edgecore to provide the network equipment that met all their performance and cost objectives. The solution was based around Edgecore 10G Ethernet L2 TOR Switch at the core of the network serving as a high-bandwidth collapsed backbone. The 10G Ethernet L2 TOR Switch provides 10 Gbps fiber interconnections to Edgecore ECS4610
switch stacks on each floor of the building, which deliver Gigabit connections to desktops, wireless access points, security cameras, and other end-node devices. In addition, the 10G Ethernet L2 TOR Switch also connects to centralized storage and a server farm, as well as to an edge router that handles Internet access and VPN connections to affiliate offices.
Edgecore’s 10G Ethernet L2 TOR Switch is a high-performance Layer 3 switch with 24 or 48 10Gbps SFP+ slots. This unit includes dual hot-swappable power supplies for continuous high-availability and energy efficiency. The switch is capable of handling up to 480 Gbps of network traffic throughput, which is more than enough bandwidth for most expanding networks. The SFP+ slots on the switch provide the full-duplex 10 Gbps fiber-optic links to other devices in the network core.
switches are stackable Layer 3 devices with 24 or 48 1000 Mbps copper ports and two 10 Gbps expansion modules with XFP slots. These feature-packed cost-effective switches provide Gigabit Ethernet connections to desktops, and high-bandwidth 10 Gbps uplink connections to the core 10G Ethernet L2 TOR Switch. An ECS4610
switch stack, connected through a resilient 320 Gbps backplane, offers convenient expandability wherever it is needed in the network.
Altogether, the Schulze Law Associates network includes one 10G Ethernet L2 TOR Switch, 30 ECS4610
switches, plus a number of other edge devices. This efficient solution includes comprehensive software features and protocols that make the network easy to manage and maintain.
The Edgecore solution for the Schulze Law Associates new headquarters proved to be extremely stable and reliable. In particular, the speed of the new network was a major improvement over the previous headquarters and enabled the company to operate at its optimum efficiency. By implementing Quality of Service (QoS) policies across all switches in the network, the VoIP traffic never experiences delay and functions just as Schulze Law Associates always wanted.
In the future, Schulze Law Associates expect to turn again to Edgecore’s high-quality products for any new network equipment they may need. What’s more, Schulze Law Associates are so satisfied with their new network, they are more than happy to recommend Edgecore products to other companies.