HP Helps Provincie Groningen Provide Secure Access to Information for its Citizens

GRONINGEN, The netherlands, Sept 19, 2013 — HP today announced that Provincie Groningen has improved information access for its residents, employees and customers with HP Networking.

Provincie Groningen has a population of around 579,000 inhabitants, dispersed over 23 municipalities. To make sure that everything runs smoothly for its citizens, Provincie Groningen makes and implements policies on a variety of matters from healthcare to the economy, from culture to planning, working together with its municipalities, bureaus and businesses.

“The changing needs of our citizens place new demands on our IT systems," says Ivo Rekker, System Architect, Provincie Groningen. “HP Networking delivers the functionality and performance we need for future growth. It integrates smoothly with our existing systems, and its low power requirements translate into energy savings.”

The high performance, open standards-based HP solution delivers the highest levels of availability and reliability, enabling Provincie Groningen to ensure continuous access to growing amounts of information while driving down the cost of network operations.

At the network core, four HP 10508 switches deliver ultra-high resiliency and maximum availability, enabling Provincie Groningen to provide 24x7 services to employees and customers. At the access layer, 50 intelligent HP 5120 switches provide wire-speed connectivity.

The HP switches are consolidated into virtualised communities with HP’s innovative Intelligent Resilient Framework (IRF) virtualisation technology, which boosts reliability by reducing network complexity. HP IRF enables the delivery of high availability support with minimal management effort, including automatic fallback to Provincie Groningen’s recovery center. Combined with virtual routing and forwarding (VRF), the IRF technology makes it possible to deliver these services independently to multiple customers.

The entire physical and virtual network is centrally managed with HP Intelligent Management Centre (IMC) software, which unifies the management of network resources, services and users.

Delivered by HP partner Telindus, the entire network infrastructure is supported by HP Care Packs to ensure business continuity.

“With limited IT resources and continuing pressure on budgets, local governments need a network that is easy to manage,” says Bert Leegwater, country manager, HP Networking Netherlands. “HP Networking delivers a fully unified, open standards-based solution to increase performance, security and redundancy while reducing IT support costs.”

HP’s premier EMEA client event, HP Discover, takes place Dec. 10-12 in Barcelona, Spain.

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