A leading sports retailer was able to dismiss the worries on their network and guarantee the tills stayed open.

Business Challenge

To meet its ambitious UK and European growth aspirations, a leading UK-based sports retailer needed to expand its mission-critical e-commerce websites, applications and store connectivity. Unfortunately, these goals were hindered by the existing network infrastructure.


The lack of flexibility and scalability of its legacy network infrastructure threatened to limit growth and negatively affect customer service. The infrastructure was not robust, agile or highly available and it did not provide the competitive edge it needed in a highly challenging market. With over 600 stores across the UK and Europe, a solutions provider was required that could cater for this scale and complexity.

Business Solutions’s system architects evaluated a variety of solutions from multiple vendors and proposed a solution that was feature rich, high performing, reliable, secure and scalable.


The solution uses the F5 BIG-IP platform running BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager and BIG-IP Application Security Manager to balance network traffic across multiple servers, thereby protecting against outages, unplanned changes and unpredictably high levels of traffic, bandwidth pressures and web threats. This ensures 100% availability of both application infrastructure and the e-commerce site in the face of
inevitable external pressures.

Key project objectives

  • Implemented in 420 UK Stores and 270 international stores across 19 countries
  • Supply of networking infrastructure to the UK HQ and each store throughout Europe
  • Ensuring fast, secure and always available application delivery through load balancing


  • Trusted advisor status with multiple vendor partners
  • Multi-million $ demo labs
  • Dedicated logistics operation
  • Rapid order processing
  • Experienced engineer resource
  • Design and testing capabilities
  • Pre-Staging facilities
  • Proven project methodology
  • 24/7 support
  • Single point of contact
  • ISO 9001:2015 & ISO 27001:2013 certified

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Solution Proposal & Benefits

  • Complete network transition from Cisco to Juniper
  • J-Switch network switching service
  • Design workshop and proof of concept
  • Bespoke Juniper training

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