CODA Teams with MCI for Fully-Managed Private IP Solution
MPLS Technology Enables CODA to Benefit from Any-to-Any Connectivity and Traffic Prioritisation Across 10 International Sites
READING, United Kingdom, 12 August 2004 - MCI (NASDAQ: MCIP) today announced that it has provided CODA, the financial systems specialist, with a fully-managed international Private IP solution. MCI Private IP is a network-based, MPLS VPN service. This solution extends the longstanding successful customer relationship of CODA with MCI.
CODA offers award-winning, best-of-class, unified ledger accounting systems and versatile financial analysis tools that support enhanced performance management in public sector and commercial organizations world-wide. With its headquarters in Harrogate in the United Kingdom, CODA operates 10 business locations in Europe, the Americas and the Asia Pacific region.
"We chose MCI's fully-managed Private IP solution since it allowed us to improve connectivity between the CODA sites," said Richard Hall, IT manager at CODA. "The previous network configuration required all traffic to be routed via our head office at Harrogate. In the event of a network problem in Harrogate, the other offices were prevented from accessing resources. With Private IP, however, we achieved any-to-any connectivity, allowing all traffic to travel point-to-point, greatly improving both reliability and efficiency."
By using MPLS technology, customers can utilise a single connection for all of their network traffic regardless of protocol (Frame Relay, ATM or IP) enabling the transport of packets labeled with a destination route and a Class of Service level. By using MCI Private IP, CODA is realizing a significant increase in network performance as a result of reduced intermediate switching.
"MCI Private IP delivers the ability to intelligently converge and prioritise voice services, enterprise applications, as well as data and video traffic over a single seamless network connection, increasing simplicity and ease of use," said Andrew McGrath, vice president of Marketing for MCI in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). "MCI's Private IP solution offers CODA the flexibility and scalability to support the dynamic needs of its business, enabling them to implement Class of Service across the connections and allowing them to define the Class of Service required by critical data and allowing it the access to the bandwidth it needs."
Because CODA chose a fully-managed solution, MCI also handled the hardware implementation, integration and the ongoing maintenance of their network from the router and beyond. MCI took on the responsibility for CODA's network connections and provides state-of-the-art monitoring and reporting via Concorde Reporting, all backed by the company's comprehensive Service Level Agreements.
The global coverage of the MCI Private IP network and its MPLS expertise were important considerations for CODA. "MCI's experience in the development and delivery of MPLS-based network solutions, coupled with the expanding global reach of its Private IP network, provided us with the confidence to choose MCI to provide the connectivity across our 10 international offices," said Hall. "Since the MCI Private IP solution was implemented, we have seen cost savings, performance improvements, as well as increased scalability and productivity."
MCI Private IP is a certified Cisco Powered Network service. Direct access to the global MCI Private IP network is currently available in more than 30 countries in Europe, the Americas, Asia Pacific and the Middle East. MCI plans to expand its Private IP network to more than 110 cities in 48 countries by the end of 2004.
CODA is a leading global provider of award-winning, best-of-class, unified ledger accounting systems and versatile financial analysis tools that support enhanced performance management. These are complemented by a range of powerful new collaborative applications, to streamline and automate key business processes - such as: regulatory compliance, financial period-end close or corporate responsibility programmes. The analysis and collaborative solutions integrate seamlessly both with CODA applications and other leading operational systems to capitalize on customers' existing IT investments. CODA's product offerings are all underpinned by expert consultancy, education and support services.
Founded in the UK in 1979, the company now employs over 550 people around the world and delivers global sales, service and support through its own offices, together with a carefully selected network of partners. Its customers include over 2,500 medium and large user organizations - worldwide and across all industry sectors. CODA's parent company, CODASciSys Plc, headquartered in Chippenham, is listed on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange (stock symbol: CSY). For more information about CODA please visit: http://www.coda.com.
MCI, Inc. (NASDAQ: MCIP) is a leading global communications provider, delivering innovative, cost-effective, advanced communications connectivity to businesses, governments and consumers. With the industry's most expansive global IP backbone, based on the number of company-owned points of presence, and wholly-owned data networks, MCI develops the converged communications products and services that are the foundation for commerce and communications in today's market. For more information, go to www.mci.com.