The client is a leading contractor and one of Australia’s largest private construction group. Known for delivering the highest quality construction, fit out and refurbishment projects, the client works across major property sectors. The success of the client meant it was operating 74 sites across Australia and New Zealand, with this number only set to grow and therefore increase the networking workload of the IT team.

Challenge

Connectivity between its sites was imperative to the successful completion of projects and the client was finding that its current MPLS Network was costly and complex to operate. Instead, what was needed was a simple, easy to manage and cost-effective networking solution. Not only did the client need a smarter networking solution between sites, but it also required secure access from its sites to its cloud-based applications in Azure. At the time, this was not a common solution, with few companies having the expertise to implement this type of cloud security as part of a networking solution.

Solution

The Natilik team understood the challenges and demonstrated through a Proof of Value (POV), a network infrastructure design that would enable its teams to operate seamlessly no matter their location. Following the POV, Natilik deployed Meraki SD-WAN across 74 locations in Australia and New Zealand using MX physical and virtual appliances to create a secure network. The virtualised vMX100 appliance was key to this project, as this enabled the establishment of secure and optimised connectivity from branch sites and the Azure cloud environment. Once the central network was set up with the network administrators, template designs were used for the project sites to allow for simple, one-touch deployment, which can be used and adapted when new sites are established over time.

Outcome

The client now has a complete Cisco Meraki SD-wan solution securely connecting its multiple international sites, easily managed through a cloud accessible dashboard. Teams can operate securely and focus on their ongoing construction projects, confident that the network is fully secure against any potential threats.

The time saved on-site rollouts has been a huge benefit as the IT team can configure new sites remotely in just a matter of minutes, negating the need for travel and ultimately speeding up the process. As well as cost savings through the reduced need for travel, the client has saved money through the removal of its expensive legacy MPLS network.