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Transition to the Cloud and SD-WAN

Agilent’s adoption of Zscaler had proven to be a success in its regional offices by reducing costs, improving visibility, control, and performance, and increasing security without increasing complexity


Transition to the Cloud and SD-WAN | HiTechNectar
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Challenge

Like many forward-thinking organizations with widely distributed operations, Agilent was looking to take advantage of cloud applications and services to enhance flexibility and user productivity. As the global healthcare equipment and services leader prepared for this step, it was also experiencing massive network growth.

Cloud-Delivered Efficiency, Flexibility, and Performance

Building on the original Zscaler implementation, which focused on bandwidth control and URL filtering, Agilent expanded its deployment to include advanced Cloud Firewall with Nanolog Streaming Service (NSS), which provides global, consolidated, real-time logs.

With Zscaler and Viptela SD-WAN, the Agilent IT team has found that it is now able to respond more rapidly to changing business requirements. Agilent enjoys a level of flexibility it hasn’t experienced before. Heger estimates that there has been an 80 percent improvement in turnaround time when new capabilities are added, along with a notable increase in application reliability and performance. When it comes to mergers and acquisitions and business partner enablement, Agilent can get these organizations

Up to speed more quickly. With MPLS, it could take up to six months for provisioning, but today, the IT team simply ships a router, and the partner organization plugs it into its Internet connection.

Cloud Adoption Leads to Branch Transformation

Agilent’s adoption of Zscaler had proven to be a success in its regional offices by reducing costs, improving visibility, control, and performance, and increasing security without increasing complexity. Later that same year, Zscaler would prove its value once again, as it enabled Agilent to securely transition to SD-WAN.

Agilent’s long-term goal had been to become transport agnostic and increase reliability, performance, and redundancy for the branch. It sought to move eventually into an SD-WAN architecture that would allow it to break away from the single WAN provider lock-in and add transports that were higher-performing or lowered the overall cost using an inexpensive Internet transport to carry Internet-destined as well as inter-company traffic between offices. It found a perfect solution with the Viptela SD-WAN combined with the Zscaler Cloud Security Platform.

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