The challenge: Office 365 deployment
As a future-facing company, the Group sought an innovative solution to enhance its network security while improving efficiency and lowering costs. It introduced Microsoft Office 365 to reduce administrative outlay for its IT department. During the conversion process, however, it quickly became apparent that the bandwidth capacity at some locations would cause performance bottlenecks in cloud access and that mobile employee access lacked adequate security. The Group needed to replace the security hardware at each location with a cloud-delivered platform to reduce the administrative outlay.
The solution: Cloud-enabled local breakouts
The solution was a complete digital transformation. The Group researched information at Gartner’s Secure Web Gateway Report and determined that the best approach would be to transition to the cloud-delivered Internet security platform from Zscaler. Stefan Staub IT consultant for security & LAN at the HARTMANN Group reviewed the performance of the service and IT streamlining requirements within the scope of a proof of concept (POC): “We were facing the challenge that many locations were connected to the corporate headquarters with low bandwidth connections,” said Staub. “Instead of increasing the bandwidth, which would have involved replacing the security hardware, we decided to use a solution from the cloud.”
Once it was clear that the security platform could both solve the architectural issues around bandwidth performance through the use of local Internet breakouts, and that road warriors could be integrated, the Group decided that the Zscaler Cloud Security Platform was the best solution.
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