Manufacturing

The ingredient manufacturer made the strategic decision to replace its 60-site MPLS network with the global Cato SASE Service from Videns

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“Due to the Chinese firewall, our colleagues sometimes didn’t have access to their email and Skype for hours. Today our Office 365 data travels via the local Chinese PoP over the global Cato cloud backbone, which solved that issue instantly.”
Nik Meeus,Worldwide IT Technical Manager, Kemin Industries

With the adoption of the cloud and frustrations with costs and headaches of the telco bundle, more and more global companies are turning to global secure access service edge (SASE) services as an alternative. Case in point is Kemin Industries. The ingredient manufacturer made the strategic decision to replace its 60-site MPLS network.

“Before the expiration of our WAN contract in September 2018, we evaluated if we were still on the right track with MPLS in terms of price and technology,” says Nik Meeus, Worldwide IT Technical Manager at Kemin Industries. “Our provider had grown so big that the collaboration did not run as smooth as we would like in terms of administration, deployment, and support. Also, the cost of the lines was relatively high compared to the available bandwidth.”

Another important factor was their fast-growing adoption of cloud solutions and applications such as Microsoft Office 365. “Most of our subsidiaries had only one single internet connection. This posed a risk in terms of application availability and continuity, so we wanted to have redundant connections to the cloud,” he says.

The company turned to Videns IT Services, a leading network-independent service provider of managed SD-WAN solutions for help. The experts at Videns recommended Cato, the first SASE solution to converges SD-WAN and network security capabilities into a global, cloud-native platform.

Read this case study to learn more about Kemin’s experience and lessons learned while deploying Cato and working with Videns

Kemin Industries is a privately held, ingredient manufacturer operating in 90 countries with more than 2,500 employees worldwide. About 10 years ago, Kemin had chosen to centralise its IT and run its global operation on a single, central ERP system in the USA. MPLS connected the company’s 60 branch offices and manufacturing facilities in Belgium, Brazil, China, India, Italy, Russia, Singapore, South Africa and the United States.

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