Case Study: Energy Sector

The Client:
A leading power plant
Business Challenges:

One of the leading power plants in the Philippines will be upgrading its current network infrastructure to address the following challenges:

  • Current network topology is flat and congested 
  • Current network infrastructure offers a non-redundant design which can cause a longer business down time 
  • Current uplink connection from access to core switch is limited to 1Gb fiber
  • Absence of network management system 

What ICS Did:
ICS recommended implementing Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN) in the new network infrastructure. In effect, this creates multiple networks which prevents congestion and stability in the network. The company also created a fully redundant network for the client.


  • 2x Dell EMC Switch S4128F-ON, 1U, PHY-less, 28 x 10GbE SFP+, 2 x QSFP28, PSU to IO, 2 PSU, OS10, Dell Networking S4128 (Core Switch)
  • 5x Dell Networking S3148, L3, 48x 1GbE, 2xCombo, 2x 10GbE SFP+ fixed ports, Stacking, IO to PSU airflow, 1x AC PSU, Dell Networking S3100 (Access Switch)
  • 3x Dell Networking S3124P, L3, PoE+, 24x 1GbE, 2x Combo, 2x 10GbE SFP+ fixed ports, Stacking, IO to PSU air, 1x 715w AC PS, Dell Networking S3100 (PoE, Access Switch)
  • 8x Dell Networking N1524P, PoE+, 24x 1GbE + 4x 10GbE SFP+ fixed ports, Stacking, IO to PSU airflow, AC, Dell Networking N1500 (PoE, Access Switch)
  • 1x SL500 (up to 500 elements), Solarwinds Network Performance Monitor with 1 year Maintenance


  • Users now experience fast and stable network connectivity with the implementation of  VLAN. With the redundant network design in place, a failure in the network device and link would not mean a business downtime but rather a continuous business operation since the available physical device and link will take over automatically without manual intervention.
  • With the acquisition of a network management system, the client can monitor real time device health status and check whether the device is up or down.