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Cromwell Property Group

About Cromwell Property Group

Cromwell Property Group is one of Australia’s leading property investment and funds management groups, with a multi-billion dollar property portfolio, and a thriving funds management business.  Cromwell is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, and is included in the S&P/ASX 200.

The Challenge

Cromwell Property Group’s business was rapidly expanding, with sites being added as new buildings were acquired.  The internal IT team needed to focus on implementing and operating core IT systems, rather than focusing at the network infrastructure layer.  Additionally, the internal production server farm and DR site hardware was approaching end of life. There were pressures to provide additional business capabilities and minimise costs, whilst providing the same high level of customer service to Cromwell Property Group staff with the existing IT team.

The Solution

Cromwell Property Group, being a long term VPN Solutions customer, decided to migrate all core systems from a dual Brisbane data centre environment to the Amazon Web Services Cloud platform.  With AWS Direct Connect capabilities from the MPLS network core, VPN Solutions were able to connect the AWS Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) environment directly and securely with the existing Cromwell Private IP Network via fibre. 

The existing national Private IP Network based on MPLS VPN technology was upgraded at the same time.  Office locations in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Adelaide were interconnected with a combination of business grade services based on SHDSL, Ethernet over Copper (EoC) or Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) and fibre.  Quality of Service (QoS) was enabled network wide to allow for the successful coexistence of voice, video and data on a converged IP network.

Network routers and switches were provided as part of the standard offering and are proactively monitored and managed by the VPN Solutions team.  Should a link or device fail this is detected and managed to resolution by VPN Solutions Engineers, working as an integrated part of the Cromwell Property Group IT team.

Other services provided to Cromwell Property Group include a central managed Firewall with Internet connectivity.  Additionally provided was a secure and low maintenance environment to operate Building Management Systems (BMS) and Environmental Management Systems (EMS) with external partners nationally.

What Cromwell Property Group IT team says

 “We look for vendors who are willing to work closely with us as part of our IT team.  VPN Solutions not only have the right technical capabilities, but also know how to work with us so we can provide the services needed by our business as it grows and changes.“ 

 David Nix, Vendor & Service Desk Manager, Cromwell Property Group