The network clean sweep

Editorial Type: Case Study Date: 11-2018 Views: 1,888 Tags: Networking, SD-WAN, SaaS, The Intenet of Things (IoT) PDF Version:
Danish based Nilfisk is supporting its digital strategy with global networking, SD-WAN, and security services provided by GTT

Nilfisk is a global supplier of professional cleaning solutions with products and services sold in more than 100 countries. They have been producing innovative cleaning solutions for more than a century, from pioneering the first European electrical vacuum cleaner in 1910, to driving groundbreaking developments in autonomous, intelligent, and connected cleaning equipment. GTT manages the Nilfisk global network, which enables and underpins the company's hybrid strategy to utilise both legacy IT and cloud-based applications.

THE CLEAN, HIGH PERFORMANCE NETWORK
Having established a clear vision to lead intelligent cleaning, it was important for Nilfisk to create a secure, high-performance cloud networking infrastructure that would enable the new era of connected cleaning that they envisioned. They understood that new technology in the fields of robotics, connected devices and Internet of Things (IoT) represented a huge opportunity. In support of all this, Nilfisk decided that they wanted a single service provider who could deliver a flexible, scalable network across all of its global enterprise sites. It also required an enterprise-wide managed security service that would ensure the secure transmission of sensitive data and their intellectual property.

Nilfisk is also implementing Software-as-a-Service wherever possible. This means that the reliability and performance of its cloud networking solution is vital, because it must ensure continuous access to business-critical software applications in the cloud, from any of their global sites.

Commenting, Steen Andersen, Head of CIO Office & Core IT at Nilfisk said, "Nilfisk is committed to serving customer needs through innovation and a best-in-class customer experience. As we migrate more of our mission-critical applications to the cloud and implement IoT, we require an agile platform for both cloud and legacy infrastructure needs. GTT is a partner that can support our cloud networking requirements comprehensively due to its experience managing enterprise networks coupled with its future-proof, software-defined network that offers security, flexibility and scalability."

STREAMLINED MANAGEMENT AND MULTI-LAYERED SECURITY
Nilfisk chose GTT to deliver a comprehensive offering, including managed network and security services, and a managed SD-WAN. GTT connects 120+ locations for Nilfisk worldwide with MPLS and local internet access, including their headquarters, regional head offices, production sites, sales offices, data centres and third-party cloud services. GTT also provides managed security, including advanced firewalls located in Europe, Asia and North America, plus content-filtering capabilities.

Nilfisk chose GTT because of their established record of proactive network management, their capacity to ensure a fast implementation on a global scale, and extensive experience with hybrid cloud networking solutions, including SD-WAN.

OPTIMISING PERFORMANCE AND CONNECTIVITY
GTT SD-WAN intelligently manages traffic routing to other sites and clouds. By prioritising and optimising essential data traffic at the edge of the network and actively directing it along the most-efficient, lowest-latency routes, it can optimise data flows to and from applications that are hosted in the cloud and improve performance.

GTT is uniquely positioned to deliver on the dynamic path control capabilities of a managed SD-WAN service, because they operate a top-ranked Tier 1 IP network with connectivity to leading cloud service providers, across 550+ global points of presence, and a broad array of diverse, last-mile connectivity options to any location in the world.

SUPERIOR SUPPORT AND SELF SERVICE
GTT prides itself on delivering services with simplicity, speed and agility. This is supported by ongoing high-touch technical support, backed by 24x7 global network operations centres.

GTT SD-WAN continuously optimises the network, in real time, by routing traffic over the best available WAN circuit. This enables customers to prioritise mission-critical and latency-sensitive applications, for example, voice and video. This is supported with complete visibility into performance and bandwidth usage by application and location, all provisioned through the GTT portal. NC