29 January 2004 Greensboro, NC, and Littleton, CO Lightwave -- Time Warner Telecom, provider of managed voice and data networking solutions for businesses in North Carolina and 21 other states, has announced the successful installation of integrated voice and data services and collocation space to Vitafoam Inc. in High Point, NC.
Vitafoam Inc., one of the nation's largest manufacturers of foam for business and consumer use, replaced an under-performing frame relay infrastructure with Time Warner Telecom's metro Ethernet services to connect data from its collocation facility in Greensboro to Vitafoam's main office in High Point. In addition, Time Warner Telecom delivered point-to-point T1 service from Vitafoam's seven plant site locations to Time Warner Telecom's collocation facility, which now serves as Vitafoam's data center.
"In the past, our manufacturing operations have been disrupted by thunderstorms that brought down our network," admits Jim Bridges, director of information technology at Vitafoam Inc. "That was a big motivator to migrate our data center to a hardened facility. Time Warner Telecom's collocation services proved to be very economical versus building a similar infrastructure of our own. We anticipate seeing a noticeable gain in availability over our previous frame relay network."
Time Warner Telecom's metro Ethernet Native LAN 100-Mbit/sec links connect the company's critical data applications, located at Time Warner Telecom's collocation/data center to Vitafoam's headquarters and High Point manufacturing facility. T1 transport circuits provide data communications between Vitafoam's seven other manufacturing facilities in the East and South and the company's data center. Time Warner Telecom is also delivering its Ethernet Internet access service at the company's collocation facility for Vitafoam's corporate Internet access company-wide. Voice services include basic telephone lines at the collocation site.
"We recently completed a 25-mile fiber ring through High Point and Thomasville," reports Darin Cook, vice president and general manager for Time Warner Telecom in Greensboro. "This network extension allows local customers like Vitafoam to link to our central office using highly advanced technologies, like Metro Ethernet. As a result, we can cost-effectively provide collocation and data communications services over our reliable fiber network to local companies who have limited options in this geographic area."