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TBWA, a World Leader in Advertising, Drives Collaboration and Creativity with Enterasys Secure Network at its London Office


Enterasys Networks Inc., the Secure Networks Company™, announced today that the TBWA UK Group, the British office of the worldwide advertising leader, has deployed an Enterasys Secure Network to provide reliable, high-performance wired and wireless connectivity, with the highest levels of security and control, for more than 450 employees and guest users at its London headquarters.

In the fast-paced world of advertising, the award-winning TBWA Group has earned a reputation for creating and delivering challenging, visionary ideas for some of the world’s largest consumer brands, including Apple, Adidas, Sony PlayStation, and McDonald’s. The agency’s upgraded infrastructure includes Enterasys Matrix™ N-Series switches at the network core and Enterasys SecureStack™ C2 switches at the network edge, RoamAbout® wireless switches and access points throughout the workplace to expand access to employees and guest users, and the NetSight® management suite for visibility and control. Synaptic Solutions, an Enterasys partner, was actively involved in the design of the network and its deployment and provides ongoing support to TBWA UK Group.

An Enterasys customer for more than a decade, TBWA UK Group relies on its network infrastructure to support a number of mission-critical initiatives, including voice-over-IP technology and a state-of-the-art wireless network that ensures freedom and flexibility for agency employees and guest users. According to Nick Allen, IT director at TBWA UK Group, a secure wireless deployment was critical to the business. “Wireless access is now a basic requirement for clients who come on site. We needed a wireless infrastructure that would ensure robust performance for our employees and enable wireless guest access. At the same time, we needed to know that we could protect our network fully; security was a critical factor in the deployment of wireless technology. Enterasys’ secure RoamAbout wireless solution was the right choice.”

The highest level of security is vital on the agency’s wired infrastructure as well. In a highly competitive industry like advertising, preventing corporate espionage and protecting intellectual property are top-ofmind concerns, and because TBWA is a U.S.-based corporation, ensuring compliance with regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley is critical as well. “We are extremely confident that our wired and wireless networks are secure,” Allen said. “Security is literally embedded into our Secure Network. We don’t need to invest in add-on modules to enable policy, for example, and this lowers our cost of ownership as it protects our infrastructure.”

Allen also appreciates the high level of control and manageability the Enterasys Secure Network delivers thanks to the NetSight Management Suite and the RoamAbout Switch Manager. “In addition to helping us enhance our security posture, NetSight provides us with superior visibility and control, which is especially important because we operate our network with just two full-time infrastructure employees. RoamAbout Switch Manager enables us to review changes before deployment and to have full visibility into which guest users are set up on our network or whose access is about to expire.”

For Allen, the greatest value comes from the partnership he has with the combined Enterasys and Synaptic Solutions team. “Although familiar with other vendors, we’ve never been tempted to consider them because Enterasys technology is superior and easier to use and manage than competitive offerings,” he said. “At the same time, however, the most invaluable benefit comes from our relationship. Enterasys is focused on us and on fostering a real business partnership. We receive a level of personal service and commitment that we just wouldn’t get from any other networking vendor.”

In the future, TBWA UK Group expects to expand wireless connectivity across additional sites and enhance its security posture by leveraging the features of the Dragon® Security Suite and Enterasys Network Access Control.

About Enterasys Networks
Enterasys Networks - the Secure Networks Company - is owned by a private investor group led by The Gores Group, LLC and Tennenbaum Capital Partners, LLC. Enterasys’ unique Secure Networks solutions secure any network from any vendor and ensure the integrity and performance of IT services and the business users that rely on them. Thousands of leading companies, government agencies and educational institutions in more than 70 countries rely on Secure Networks solutions to maintain business continuity and protect vital information. The company’s culture is centered on the principle “There is nothing more important than our customers.” Delivering on that commitment, Secure Networks provides granular, policy-based command and control of individual user, application, device, port and flow performance, and security. Enterasys’ architectural approach to network security offers a long technology lifecycle and significant operational and business benefits, while reducing total cost of ownership. Information about Enterasys’ award-winning policy-enabled switches, routers, wireless products, security software, and services is available at

About The Gores Group
Founded in 1987, The Gores Group is a private equity firm focused on acquiring controlling interests in mature and growing businesses which can benefit from the firm’s operating experience and flexible capital base. The firm combines the operational expertise and detailed due diligence capabilities of a strategic buyer with the seasoned M&A team of a traditional financial buyer. The Gores Group has become a leading investor, primarily in the technology and telecommunications sectors, having demonstrated over time a reliable track record of creating substantial value in its portfolio companies alongside management. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, The Gores Group maintains offices in Boulder, Colorado and London. For more information, please visit

About Tennenbaum Capital Partners, LLC
Tennenbaum Capital Partners is a Santa Monica, California-based private investment firm managing over $3.8 billion in assets through private funds. The firm’s investment strategy is grounded in a long-term, value approach, and it assists - both financially and operationally - transitional middle-market companies in such industries as technology, healthcare, energy, aerospace, business services, retail and general manufacturing. Tennenbaum’s core strengths include its in-depth knowledge of equity and debt-financing vehicles in the public and private markets, as well as a thorough understanding of special situations. For more information, please visit


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