A UK leading wealth management firm migrates to SD-WAN thanks to Thrive.
The wealth management firm with 26 locations needed to build greater agility into its network, extend robust and secure connectivity to core remote workers and have the ability to flex and blend network capacity for its regional offices. The firm wanted to also reduce networking costs, gain greater end-to-end visibility of its IT infrastructure, achieve greater scalability and flexibility and improve both security and performance.
Thrive designed a Cisco Meraki SD-WAN solution to transform the firm’s Wide Area Network (WAN) by linking its regional offices to core systems and applications and enabling secure and reliable connectivity to remote workers. The solution utilises Cisco Meraki MX appliances at each site to support both a direct internet connection and an MPLS circuit. The firm’s office traffic destined for the internet or the public Cloud could be routed directly over the lower-cost internet circuit rather than being backhauled to the central hub – which saves bandwidth across the MPLS circuit. Dual circuits at each site ensure resilience at each location and the MX appliance supports a 4G data connection.
Thrive’s SD-WAN solution has reduced the firm’s connectivity costs by blending MPLS circuits with lower-cost direct internet connections. Now, the organisation also has greater inbuilt resilience with dual circuits, plus the ability for 4G failover. The solution includes enhanced security and additional guards against DDoS. The centrally-controlled management of remote sites resulted in a reduced network management overhead, greater agility in connecting remote workers and improved visibility of the end-to-end IT infrastructure, enabling issues to be detected and resolved faster.
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