Summary: Midsize Auctioneer’s Network is Fast and Fortified
IDC’s SMB Survey comparing IT spending priorities in 2012 and 2013 concluded that the top three requirements for the network are performance, security and capacity.
How is designing a network different for a giant auctioneer different from other mid-sized enterprises?
Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers is the world’s largest auctioneer of heavy equipment and trucks. They sell billions of dollars of unused and used equipment at hundreds of unreserved public auctions each year. What’s even more impressive is that they are able to do this with only 1300 employees worldwide. Read the full blog here
Auctions are very time sensitive and require a synchronized effort. This leaves little room for errors and interruptions. It’s of utmost importance that designing the network considers:
Smooth user experience: Since more than half of their bids are made online, there is a lot at stake if their users don’t have a good experience. With the advent of BYOD, there are hundreds of devices accessing the network at the same time.
Security: This is a heightened concern as Ritchie Bros is faced with respecting the online customer financial transactions amounting into the billions. Additionally, security entailes protecting against infections when employees or customers unknowingly click links to malicious websites. Providing secure network access on-site is also a concern.
Read the entire case study: Auction Company Makes Network Access Safer, Faster