Cosentino Group Optimizes Its Technological Platform With Solutions by Cisco

Cosentino Group Optimizes Its Technological Platform With Solutions by Cisco 
Adopting a Wireless Network and Multi-Platform Architecture, It Is
Consolidating Its Servers and Deploying Collaborative Tools to
Support Its International Growth 
MADRID, SPAIN -- (Marketwired) -- 12/12/13 --  Cisco(R) (NASDAQ:
CSCO)-- The Cosentino Group has selected the technology of the
Cisco(R) Enterprise Networks, Data Center and Collaboration
architectures to simplify its management and support its growing
international presence. These comprehensive solutions meet its
requirements, enabling it to reduce operating costs, standardize
communications, improve productivity and run the business in global
The Cosentino Group is family-owned but its multinational
organization is present in more than 70 countries with more than
2,300 employees. It manufactures and distributes architectural and
design solutions based on natural stone -granite and quartz- being
Silestone, its best known brand. May 2013 saw the world-wide launch
of its Dekton brand, an ultra-compact surface for the world of
architecture and design, after an investment of 128 million euros. 
As a consequence of its rapid growth and international expansion,
Cosentino was confronted by an extremely complex management task and
by new standardization requirements, so Cisco's proposal to offer an
end-to-end solution with global support and a network of highly
qualified partners was selected. 
Key points of the announcement 

--  The growth of the Cosentino Group is supported on three pillars:
    internationalization, innovation and a commitment to new technologies.
    To optimize this strategy, the company has carried out a complete
    renewal of its technological platform in the areas of networks, data
    centers and collaboration, relying on Cisco to provide a complete and
    homogeneous solution, capable of giving global coverage of its
    factories, offices and teleworkers.
--  The new network architecture is based on a multi-platform wireless
    system, deployed across factories and offices to standardize and
    improve communications and provide ease of connection to the network,
    controlled and highly secure, for any device, anytime, anywhere. The
    Group's hardwa
re solution is managed through this standardized
    platform which enables Cosentino to set up an office in any part of
    the world within less than a month.
--  Cosentino also decided to construct a second data center in Houston to
    supplement the one in Madrid, in order to be able to serve all of its
    offices. After consolidating and virtualizing its servers by adopting
    Cisco Unified Computing System(TM) as its computation platform,
    VMware virtualization software and EMC storage solutions, the
    applications were migrated, and, in just three months, the company was
    able to meet its objectives of greater security, easier management and
    high availability in its data centers.
--  Cisco's collaboration architecture has enabled the Group to deploy
    2,000 IP telephones globally, as well as videoconferencing and Cisco
    TelePresence(R) systems in its principal offices. This is a
    multi-platform and multi-channel solution that enables Consentino
    employees to collaborate with voice and video on any device, such as
    PCs, portables, smart phones, tablets etc. This has helped facilitate
    significant saving in costs, simple, economic and faster
    communications between working teams, and a reduction in the need for
    travel. In addition, by deploying Cisco's contact center solution
    Cosentino is now able to measure the quality of calls from all the
    Group's clients. New applications such as automatic telephone enquiry
    systems and integration with the Group's customer relationship
    management system are also being developed.
--  Aryse, a Cisco Premier Partner, has performed the complete cycle of
    services, including consultancy, engineering, implementation, testing,
    support and complete improvement of the solution.

Statements in support:  

--  Pilar Cosentino, Planning and Strategy Director for the Cosentino
     "Ever since the founding of Cosentino Marbles in 1979, the
    Cosentino Group has relied on such values as perseverance, capacity to
    overcome challenges, a focus on the long term and a commitment to the
    future. Cisco solutions have made it possible for us to reinforce
    these values and succeed in putting all our centers distributed around
    the world in the technological vanguard".

--  Gemma Hernandez, CIO of the Cosentino Group:
     "When we initiated
    the project of technological renewal, we were confronted by a great
    challenge: as the Group's international presence was constantly
    growing, management became ever more complex. From the Systems
    Department we sought a comprehensive, homogeneous solution with global
    support, something Cisco has provided us with, thanks to its
    architectures of networks, data centers and teamwork".

--  Jose Petisco, General Manager Cisco Spain:
     "We want to thank the
    Cosentino Group for its confidence in selecting Cisco technology to
    solve its business challenges while promoting innovation and its
    international expansion. Likewise, thanks to its ample knowledge of
    Cisco architectures and solutions, the participation of Aryse was
    decisive in the design, installation and maintenance of the whole
    platform, converting the project into a success at world level".

Additional resources 

--  More information about Cisco Enterprise Networks architecture.
--  More information about Cisco Data Center architecture.
--  More information about Cisco Collaboration architecture.
--  Watch this video to discover the details of the project, with comments
    by its protagonists.
--  News RSS Feed from Cisco.

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