David’s Bridal Modernizes Its Network

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David’s Bridal Modernizes Its Network

By RIS News Staff - 09/01/2016
With more than 60 years of experience, David’s Bridal provides brides-to-be with a vast selection of bridal gowns and bridal party dresses at more than 300 David’s Bridal stores located across the US, Canada, UK, and Puerto Rico. The apparel retailer is connected to the corporate network via T-1 lines backed up with wireless failover. The system met the company’s current needs, but David’s Bridal Director of Infrastructure Kevin Weaver wanted to modernize his network backup system to add more capabilities and features, and to take advantage of 4G LTE. He also wanted to move beyond the one-at-a-time way the IT staff had been managing its 330-plus device network and move toward central management of connectivity at all their distributed locations.
 
After conferring with cellular carriers and testing competing devices, David’s Bridal chose the Cradlepoint ARC Series and Cradlepoint Enterprise Cloud Manager. According to Weaver, probably the biggest benefit David’s Bridal gets from Cradlepoint is the ability to standardize on one device. With the switch to Cradlepoint, all Weaver and his team has to do to prepare a device for a new carrier is to swap out its modem end cap.
 
“You change the end caps, and the Cradlepoint router and all of its features, functionality, and firmware stay the same. So from a network architecture standpoint, switching to Cradlepoint was a big win. It allowed us to standardize on one device with one setup, and then manage it all in one single place—Enterprise Cloud Manager,” said Weaver.
 
For Network Administrator Matt Micchelli, the ability to have real-time visibility into each location’s data usage makes his job a lot easier.
 
“When I click on the Enterprise Cloud Manager dashboard, I can see the data use for our entire network, and for every store. The dashboard gives me the average for each day, which makes it easy to summarize, and to give my execs the big picture view of how the network is performing," explained Micchelli.
 
“When we first implemented Enterprise Cloud Manager, I divided our 330 stores into three groups. With just a couple of clicks, I can use Enterprise Cloud Manager to upgrade all 330 devices in less than ten minutes. That saves us a lot of labor, and got our stores protected very quickly," said Weaver.
 
Weaver said that one of the major motivators to change the way David’s Bridal connected to the network was the need for more bandwidth so that VOIP and other applications could continue to function optimally. He also notes that business direction can change quickly, so the company needed to be able to respond just as quickly. Working with Cradlepoint gives David’s Bridal the ability to deliver new services without having to purchase new equipment.
 
“Having Cradlepoint in place means that we can easily create rules and split the tunneling to separate our proprietary, corporate network from the guest network, without having to buy another device. That gives us a lot of flexibility to adapt to changes in technology," said Weaver.
 
Weaver says that the decision to choose a new technology provider is a big step for any company. He stresses the need to find a partner that is anticipating and planning for the future—and is doing so in a way that respects a customer’s technology investments.