As they’ve adopted cloud and mobile computing, more and more organizations have found their traditional MPLS networks rigid, cloud unfriendly, and expensive, while Internet-based Virtual Private Networks (VPN’s) have proven unreliable and a bear to secure and manage. Many are finding an affordable alternative in secure access service edge (SASE) services based on SD-WAN. A perfect example is Van Leeuwen Pipe and Tube Group, which replaced all its MPLS and VPN services with SASE.
“We had built and managed a VPN-based network ourselves,“ says Wiljoh Beukers, Manager Technical Support at Van Leeuwen Pipe and Tube Group. “In practice, it was not the reliable network we needed for our international operations. The MPLS network was stable, but with increasing demand for bandwidth and growing use of cloud applications, we were facing a substantial increase in cost for the lines. So when our MPLS contracts were about to expire, we decided to look into the promising world of software defined wide area networks (SD-WAN).”
The company sought a reliable, secure, lower-cost network alternative to connect all its locations, enhance network agility, and eliminate the complexity of securing its own VPN infrastructure. “Security was an important precondition for us, says Beukers. “With our old MPLS-based network, we had to secure all connections between the individual lines ourselves.”
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 converge SD-WAN and network security capabilities into a global, cloud-native platform.