iVPN for global retailer

This international fashion retailer needed a homogeneous Internet VPN solution with secure Internet access to service their shops worldwide.  Rather than locally order and manage the VPN and the local connectivity services at every location, they chose to contract with a global carrier (Expereo’s customer) to provide and manage the network.

However, the carrier had regulatory constraints in certain markets and wanted to outsource the design, implementation and operational management of the end-to-end solution. That’s why the carrier turned to Expereo.

 

A bespoke iVPN solution
Expereo started with an extensive technical review, analysed all the requirements and designed a bespoke iVPN solution for the end customer. The final solution included a complex design that used dual uplink at the central hub site (one link based on MPLS provided by the carrier) and policy-based routing to determine the correct uplink, including fallback. The end result for the global retailer was a cost-efficient and future-proof hybrid WAN, including MPLS and Internet VPN with local Internet breakout using Zscaler web security.

Expereo’s fully managed iVPN service included:

  • Dedicated and Broadband Internet Access and a Cisco 800/1900-series-based VPN router in every shop.
  • Central hub site located in the retailer’s data center, including dual uplink with automatic failover.
  • VPN tunnel management with 24×7 pro-active monitoring and basic classes of service for direct mapping to MPLS.
  • On-site cabling at sites with incomplete or missing internal wiring.
  • Split tunnel configuration on the Cisco VPN router directing all local Internet breakout traffic to Zscaler.

 

“The great thing is that the Expereo solution allowed our carrier customer to service the retailer across all markets with a single, uniform, hybrid offering,” said Alphons Mulders, Chief Marketing Officer of Expereo.

Using the solution, the retailer’s shops now access corporate applications and  access public cloud applications securely through the Internet. “By sourcing connectivity via one global provider and applying the latest Hybrid WAN technologies, the company lowered the total cost of ownership”, Mulders said.

 

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