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More control, choice, agility and security with SD-WAN

As part of their digital transformation strategy and commitment to innovation, multinational legal and consulting firm MinterEllison decided to completely overhaul their wide area network (WAN) when existing infrastructure reached end of life.

After selecting Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN) from global leader Silver Peak, MinterEllison engaged ICT Networks to manage full testing, design and deployment of the solution for their Australian and overseas offices.

Nathan Macgregor, Head of IT Infrastructure for MinterEllison, says their primary motivation was to find a cloud solution that was:

• agile

• efficient

• easy to manage

• resilient

• cost-effective

• user friendly 

SD-WAN is networking technology that learns and adapts to the needs of your business, and:

• virtualises routing

• centralises control of applications, including security

• controls bandwidth speeds based on user protocols or groups

• facilitates connection to apps via the cloud to free up bandwidth

• mitigates downtime and supports scalability

It also enables a multi-cloud set up so companies can leverage the best tools and services available from multiple application cloud providers.

As their strategic partner, Silver Peak recommended ICT Networks to manage the transition to and implementation of SD-WAN.

ICT Networks’ engineering team kicked off the project by replicating MinterEllison’s network at their North Sydney testing lab – a process Nathan believes was invaluable.

“ICT Networks was involved in the full suite of our SD-WAN roll out. It was great to be an early adopter of this new technology, and we really appreciate ICT Networks’ flexibility and commitment to helping us achieve it.” 

MinterEllison’s SD-WAN infrastructure has provided a suite of benefits to the company, and at a much smaller cost than managing traditional routing infrastructure.

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