Case Study

Rolling out the Silverpeak SD-WAN solution across 17 global sites

Company

Vitec Group

Industry

Manufacturing

Project Type

SD-WAN

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Overview

Vitec is a leading global provider of premium branded products and solutions

Vitec is a leading global provider of premium branded products and solutions to the fast- changing and growing “image capture and content creation” market. Employing around 1,800 people in 11 different countries, Vitec are organised in three Divisions: Imaging Solutions, Production Solutions and Creative Solutions.

 

Vitec design, manufacture and distribute high-performance products and solutions for customers that include broadcasters, film studios, photographers and enterprises, as well as the increasing number of independent content creators (“ICC”).

Challenge

The cost of Vitec’s global WAN provision was of primary concern, as well as the reliance on a single global service provider. Vitec had limited visibility of the application traffic over their global WAN and as such, they struggled with the operational burden of managing and troubleshooting their WAN environment.

To augment the performance of critical applications that were experiencing performance issues across the global network, Vitec was presented with two solutions in a traditional WAN setup – either introduce WAN optimisation technology or sign-up for more bandwidth. Vitec saw WAN optimisation as an expensive, legacy technology and they recognised that adding bandwidth wouldn’t necessarily fix their performance issues – their problem was latency not capacity. They faced having to increase their global WAN bandwidth, with no guarantee of improving application performance, while increasing their MPLS cost which was already a concern within the business.

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Solution

Kerv Connect played the role of an independent advisor, bringing consultative knowledge about competing solutions in the market. Kerv Connect worked with the customer to deliver a multi-vendor global trial involving sites on both sides of the Atlantic, with a view to addressing their application performance. Given Vitec’s requirement for WAN optimisation, Silvepeak stood out as the most appropriate vendor for this use case. The trial with Silvepeak improved transfer time of data over transatlantic links by 75%, using in-line application acceleration.

Following the successful trial, Kerv Connect rolled out the Silverpeak SD-WAN solution to all 17 global sites. Once all sites were deployed, Kerv Connect provided an SD-WAN managed service to the customer, releasing them from day-to-day operational matters.

Benefits of the solutions were

WAN optimisation

WAN optimisation sought by the customer

Centralised control and visibility

Centralised control and visibility, now possible with Silverpeak, meant the operational burden of managing their WAN was dramatically reduced.

Managed service

Coupled with the fact that Kerv Connect provided a managed service, including management of the various in-country service provider, which freed the customer up to tackle other operational challenges.

Cost savings

Vitec was also able to recognise cost savings associated with moving from their expensive global MPLS infrastructure to an internet-only SD-WAN.

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Case Study

Rolling out the Silverpeak SD-WAN solution across 17 global sites

Company

Vitec Group

Industry

Manufacturing

Project Type

SD-WAN

Download Case Study

Overview

Vitec is a leading global provider of premium branded products and solutions

Vitec is a leading global provider of premium branded products and solutions to the fast- changing and growing “image capture and content creation” market. Employing around 1,800 people in 11 different countries, Vitec are organised in three Divisions: Imaging Solutions, Production Solutions and Creative Solutions.

 

Vitec design, manufacture and distribute high-performance products and solutions for customers that include broadcasters, film studios, photographers and enterprises, as well as the increasing number of independent content creators (“ICC”).

Challenge

The cost of Vitec’s global WAN provision was of primary concern, as well as the reliance on a single global service provider. Vitec had limited visibility of the application traffic over their global WAN and as such, they struggled with the operational burden of managing and troubleshooting their WAN environment.

To augment the performance of critical applications that were experiencing performance issues across the global network, Vitec was presented with two solutions in a traditional WAN setup – either introduce WAN optimisation technology or sign-up for more bandwidth. Vitec saw WAN optimisation as an expensive, legacy technology and they recognised that adding bandwidth wouldn’t necessarily fix their performance issues – their problem was latency not capacity. They faced having to increase their global WAN bandwidth, with no guarantee of improving application performance, while increasing their MPLS cost which was already a concern within the business.

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Solution

Kerv Connect was able to provide the team with independent industry advice with regards to competing SD-WAN solutions on the market and help establish use cases for each. The team decided to trial two SD-WAN vendors over a year to establish which one best satisfied their requirements. Due to a large amount of structured and unstructured data being created at each race and sent back to HQ for analysis, it quickly became apparent that WAN optimisation was a critical requirement and therefore Silver Peak the most suitable SD-WAN vendor for this use case.

 

Deploying a Silver Peak solution gave the team the ability to use commodity internet for race day connectivity instead of expensive fixed lease MPLS, while still ensuring application performance when it came to the generation and transport of huge amounts of track-side data. The race teams was then able to decommission their expensive MPLS links and replace them with local internet connections using Silver Peak.

The solution was delivered across SD-WAN appliances with a small onsite footprint, allowing them to be decommissioned and redeployed at new race sites with ease. Further, the solution enabled the use of different pre-existing connections at the various race sites, and provided stability in the wavering underlay parameters around the world.

Benefits of the solutions were

WAN optimisation

WAN optimisation sought by the customer

Centralised control and visibility

Centralised control and visibility, now possible with Silverpeak, meant the operational burden of managing their WAN was dramatically reduced.

Managed service

Coupled with the fact that Kerv Connect provided a managed service, including management of the various in-country service provider, which freed the customer up to tackle other operational challenges.

Cost savings

Vitec was also able to recognise cost savings associated with moving from their expensive global MPLS infrastructure to an internet-only SD-WAN.

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Case Study

Rolling out the Silverpeak SD-WAN solution across 17 global sites

Company

Vitec Group

Industry

Manufacturing

Project Type

SD-WAN

Download Case Study

Overview

Vitec is a leading global provider of premium branded products and solutions

Vitec is a leading global provider of premium branded products and solutions to the fast- changing and growing “image capture and content creation” market. Employing around 1,800 people in 11 different countries, Vitec are organised in three Divisions: Imaging Solutions, Production Solutions and Creative Solutions.

 

Vitec design, manufacture and distribute high-performance products and solutions for customers that include broadcasters, film studios, photographers and enterprises, as well as the increasing number of independent content creators (“ICC”).

Challenge

The cost of Vitec’s global WAN provision was of primary concern, as well as the reliance on a single global service provider. Vitec had limited visibility of the application traffic over their global WAN and as such, they struggled with the operational burden of managing and troubleshooting their WAN environment.

To augment the performance of critical applications that were experiencing performance issues across the global network, Vitec was presented with two solutions in a traditional WAN setup – either introduce WAN optimisation technology or sign-up for more bandwidth. Vitec saw WAN optimisation as an expensive, legacy technology and they recognised that adding bandwidth wouldn’t necessarily fix their performance issues – their problem was latency not capacity. They faced having to increase their global WAN bandwidth, with no guarantee of improving application performance, while increasing their MPLS cost which was already a concern within the business.

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Solution

During the initial WAN RFI process, Kerv Connect highlighted the benefits of a next-gen SD-WAN that the Group had not considered in the scope of their WAN transformation project. This expertise and insight lead to Kerv Connect being invited to respond to the Group’s WAN Transformation RFP. Kerv Connect ousted 12 bidders in the extensive RFP process to win the contract for the consolidation, simplification, and standardisation of the WAN and Network Security platform. As part of their response, Kerv Connect recommended a POC for problematic production sites where the power of SD-WAN was able to provide tangible value, improving capacity at one site and application performance at another. Kerv Connect’s strategic partnerships with both Dell and VMware won the customer’s confidence with a consolidated solution that was based on the market-leading VeloCloud SD-WAN solution ably supported by Fortinet for Security and Remote Access. Additionally, Kerv Connect’s proposal included fully resilient connections for all sites, globally, with some sites adopting 4G services where wired connectivity was difficult to provision reliably. Kerv Connect’s solution included design, installation, and a fully managed service to ensure that new technology did not place added operational pressures on an already busy IT team.

Kerv Connect has proven to be the trusted advisor who helped us make sense of SD-WAN and how it supports our ambitious “one network” strategy. Of the various responses received on our WAN tender, Kerv Connect stood out with their approach to solution design and their strong team. The proof of concept installation has already delivered tangible benefit to ABP Food Group and we are excited to get started on the full SD-WAN rollout with them.”

John Armstrong
Group IT Director of ABP Food Group

Benefits of the solutions were

WAN optimisation

WAN optimisation sought by the customer

Centralised control and visibility

Centralised control and visibility, now possible with Silverpeak, meant the operational burden of managing their WAN was dramatically reduced.

Managed service

Coupled with the fact that Kerv Connect provided a managed service, including management of the various in-country service provider, which freed the customer up to tackle other operational challenges.

Cost savings

Vitec was also able to recognise cost savings associated with moving from their expensive global MPLS infrastructure to an internet-only SD-WAN.

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