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Case study

Cloud platform connects and secures all-remote workforce in 30 days

The cost-efficient, high availability, and scalable SASE platform allowed the new business entity to easily add new locations and users and decommission hardware, when necessary, to keep pace with evolving needs.

OUR CLIENT

With a history of nearly 150 years, this N. American corporation designs and produces innovative technologies for the oil and natural gas industry. The organization is committed to delivering solutions that support environmental sustainability and emissions reduction.

THE CHALLENGE

New business entity needed to deploy secure network to underpin operations

After a corporate spin-off, our client needed to quickly install a secure network infrastructure to support an all-remote workforce, and the rapid launch of its flagship product. With a tight timeline and a limited budget, the IT team needed to select and deploy a network infrastructure that could not only connect remote workers, but also accommodate field service professionals and several warehouses across North America. The company was facing a security risk using solely open wireless networks for connectivity.

THE TRANSFORMATION

Rapid research efforts pointed to a SASE cloud-based network platform

With a list of key priorities that included security, performance, ease-of-use, and scalability, the client’s IT team, with guidance from UST Xpanxion consultants, embarked on a thorough, but quick effort to evaluate different networking and security architectures. A secure access services edge (SASE) network emerged as the ideal solution. Unlike traditional networks that reside in data centers, rely on connectivity from broadband vendors, and use separate devices to manage the many different layers of security, a SASE platform offers a cohesive cloud-native network that bundles security point solutions for antivirus detection, web filters, and firewalls with all network edges, including WAN, mobile, IoT devices, virtual machines, and other clouds. The company’s IT team uses a single self-service console to oversee the entire network, orchestrate access, and manage security.

THE IMPACT

Leaders were thrilled and relieved when the SASE platform was fully deployed in less than a month, successfully

The new network was up and running in just one month, linking its entire remote workforce and warehouses with secure, reliable connectivity. The client benefited from the converged functionality of software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN), a global private backbone, a full network security stack, and support for cloud resources and mobile devices. The integrated functionality delivered global connectivity, pervasive security, and uninterrupted access to its workforce from any location, at any time.

Additionally, the cost-efficient, high availability, and scalable SASE platform allowed the new business entity to easily add new locations and users and decommission hardware, when necessary, to keep pace with evolving needs.

RESOURCES

https://www.ust.com/xpanxion