Managing 15,000 devices and 350,000 ports at Deutsche Bahn
The world’s 2nd-largest transportation and logistics company needed to centrally secure, control, and manage its 350,000 network ports across a dozen countries. Deutsche Bahn, with over 2 billion passengers annually, requires tight control over its network and cost accounting. Now, with Auconet BICS, Deutsche Bahn also benefits from persistent network monitoring, control over all ports, and single-console management of its entire network.
Within hours, Auconet Business Infrastructure Control Solution (BICS) discovered not only the 350,000 ports Deutsche Bahn knew of, but also 20,000 previously undetected endpoints. This enabled accurate cost allocations for DB Systel, Deutsche Bahn’s internal IT service provider.
Deutsche Bahn is a Global 200 enterprise with a complex, dynamic IT infrastructure. Its more than 15,000 switches and routers represent a mix of device vendors including Cisco, Juniper, and Enterasys. Relying on CA Spectrum, Deutsche Bahn was unable to meet security and audit requirements to detect every endpoint.
DB Systel, Deutsche Bahn’s internal IT service provider, also needed the ability to see, manage, and control its entire network from one console, and accurately account for each device and endpoint for intra-company IT services billings.
Most IT operations management (ITOM) solutions for network security and control could only manage the products of one specific vendor. Auconet stood out with its ability to detect, monitor, and manage every router, switch, and endpoint from every manufacturer. Only Auconet could provide real-time visibility of all endpoints and uplinks, and integrate smoothly with the CA Spectrum management console.
It took less than four hours to enter network parameters into the nearly plug-and-play Auconet appliances and have them fully operational – for all seven instances that DB Systel licensed. The same day, Auconet BICS delivered unexpected news of several thousand unrecorded endpoints, representing more accurate intra-company cost allocations with new potential revenue to DB Systel.
In all, BICS detected 20,000 endpoints that were previously unknown to administrators, along with more than 15,000 network devices and 210,000 total endpoints. “Auconet swiftly delivers measurable results without tying up our internal resources,” said Anton Kress of DB Systel.
Within two days, Deutsche Bahn could see its entire multivendor IT network – every router, switch, computer, smartphone, and office printer – including ticket machines in train stations. With Auconet BICS’ full integration of preexisting databases, users have access to all transactional, accounting, asset, change, and problem data. The railway giant leverages this real-time view for central control, security, auditability and improved IT operations, adding value to its global infrastructure.
In just two days, Auconet BICS centrally recognized our entire data network comprising over 350,000 ports.
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