Challenging conventions of traditional enterprise WAN.
A leading global real estate services company that has helped clients transform the way people work, shop, and live for 100 years were leading a project to deliver critical network solutions to their business. With several large acquisitions and mergers in the last few years, they needed to improve and integrate their network to support the increase of SAAS Solutions, remove cost dependence and the complexity of over 15 MPLS global links and progress performance for their own private network.
The choice of technology was the easy part. After choosing SD-WAN as the solution and Silver Peak as the vendor to lead this change, they were looking for a partnership to manage the implementation and facilitate their global team. They needed the right people and process to help de-risk and deliver on time without disruption to more than 43,000 employees in over 60 countries. Axians worked closely with the company on their EMEA adoption of SD-WAN, aligning closely with their next-generation technology initiatives. They noted that the Axians engagement was ‘the closest they’ve seen to a perfect project rollout.’
By using a virtual platform, the solution delivers a universal standard, all for a lower total cost of ownership, and offering a better corporate and end user experience for the business today. Coupled with this immediate result is the additional agility for future mergers and acquisitions at a global business level.
Supporting the strategy for rapid growth and targeted acquisitions
– Cost-effective solution
– Partnership with carrier-grade networking skills
– Seamless project planning from testing to delivery
– Implementation across 43 sites
Resulting in a resilient and scalable platform
– Real-time visibility of the entire network
– Control and problem-solving through a simple management interface
– Optimising performance for cloud software services
– Scalable, next-generation network
– Dynamic and flexible WAN Connectivity
The core elements of the solution
Combining Silver Peak technology with Axians people and processes, we created a unified project including pre-staging, testing and additional pilots to hone the process for delivery. Our project management and professional services teams deployed the solution on budget and with hard-lined timescales.
Due to the unexpected burden placed on IT during a Mergers and Acquisitions, SD-WAN is fast becoming a reliable network overlay solution that supports the current network infrastructure in coping with sudden demands and business needs. SD-WAN offers a tangible business case and an efficient way to optimize what is already in place while at the same time improving application performance, security and the user experience. SD-WAN also offers simplification in the deployment and upkeep of a corporate WAN which frees IT staff to focus on core business initiatives.