Manufacturing Company Achieves Security and Performance Goals with Virtela's Remote Access Services from the Cloud
Background: The company is a publicly-traded manufacturer of electronic components and sensors and a provider of electronics manufacturing solutions (EMS) primarily serving the electronic needs of original equipment manufacturers (OEMS). The company's product lines serve major markets around the world including the automotive computer communications medical defense & aerospace and industrial markets. The company has manufacturing locations in North America Europe and Asia.
Challenges: The manufacturing company was experiencing rapid international growth and its Frame Relay network could not provide the high performance necessary to support such expansion. The company sought a more efficient flexible and cost-effective global network solution. Improving performance and reducing costs were equal requirements. Security was a primary concern and the company wanted a single worldwide solution that would meet both its network and security needs.
With a globally distributed workforce of 5000 employees in nine countries in North America Europe and Asia the company required secure access to and reliable performance of always-on business-critical applications regardless of user location. Network access needed to be flexible enough for remote users whether in a hotel or foreign office yet secure enough to protect the company from outside threats. In addition the company needed a solution that would not require exorbitant support from IT staff who needed to focus on enabling business goals.
Best Deployment Scenario - VPN/IPSec/SSL
Solution provided: The company selected Virtela to deliver a fully redundant VPN that leverages IP and MPLS where each is most appropriate and SSL VPN for secure remote access. Virtela set up security zones in the company's three main geographic regions placing the services within the network cloud to eliminate the expense of premises-based equipment and improve performance by easing the Internet traffic load previously experienced at certain U.S. locations. In addition Virtela delivers integrated data security and network-based firewall and URL filtering services. Virtela's Managed Secure Socket Layer (SSL) Virtual Private Network (VPN) Service provides a secure and cost-effective solution for mobile remote access while also eliminating the need for client-software deployment changes to internal servers and costly ongoing maintenance and desktop support.Virtela's security measures protect a resilient multi-carrier network that leverages redundant network partnerships and dynamic failover to ensure that access is not only safe but also available even in the event of an outage on the primary network.
In addition the manufacturer's IT staff can easily monitor both network performance and security events with Virtela's web-based customer portals and receive expert management and support through Virtela's multilingual 24x7 Global Operations Center.
"It's appealing to have the network and security elements blended into one solution whit a holistic view of services through Virtela's customer portal," said the manufacturing company's IT security manager. The CIO added, "Virtela impressed us with a flexible design that offered built-in redundancy and security at a competitive price. Their engineering expertise has helped us drive costs out of our network while enabling us to rely on Virtela as the primary source for our diverse global communications requirements."
Summary: The manufacturing company found the right solution to meet its performance security and budgetary needs in Virtela's holistic combination of MPLS DSL and VPN services with integrated security. By delivering security services from the network cloud Virtela provides improved cost-efficiency and network performance enabling safe and reliable access regardless of users' locations.
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