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Aryaka, the Cloud-First WAN and SASE company, and a Gartner “Voice of the Customer” leader, makes it easy for enterprises to consume network and network security solutions delivered as-a-service for a variety of modern deployments. Aryaka uniquely combines innovative SD-WAN and security technology with a global network and a managed service approach to offer the industry’s best customer and application experience. The company’s customers include hundreds of global enterprises including several in the Fortune 100.
Schenck Process Deploys Unified, Global Network and Solves Global Application Performance Issues with Aryaka
Schenck Process is the global technology and market leader in applied measuring and process technology, serving a diverse range of industries including mining, food, plastics and more. Headquartered in Germany, Schenck Process has offices in 22 countries spanning 5 continents.
Schenck Process’s growth over the years has been in part due to acquisitions. As such, the company inherited disparate technologies across the globe with many offices leveraging local MPLS, while others were using site-to-site VPNs. Schenck Process needed a unified, global network to reflect their operations as a global company.
Schenck Process also needed to improve global application performance as latency was high for several critical applications. As a manufacturing organization, Schenck relies heavily on CAD tools, computer-aided design and drafing software. Global licensing sits in Germany, yet global users as far-flung as Brazil need to access the application daily. Before Aryaka, it was typical for the application to take 30 minutes to launch or even worse, to time out and not launch at all. This meant not only a loss to productivity for the engineer attempting to access the CAD application, but also assigning IT resources to troubleshoot the connectivity issues, which translated to two or three highly paid employees out of commission. SAP and Microsoft SharePoint, also critical to the organization, were also unstable globally.
Lastly, Aryaka’s 24/7 managed service and full confidence in delivering on KPIs and SLAs was appealing for Schenck’s lean networking team that supports sites in 22 countries across the globe.
“Partnership is what I look for in vendors that work with us – helping each other out to be better. Aryaka does that. It’s one of our best partners in terms of technology. The flexibility [Aryaka] offers is excellent and I’m quite excited about the roadmap and how Aryaka is moving into SASE and adapting to the hybrid workforce.” Ricardo Yamakawa, CCISO and Head of Global IT Infrastructure at Schenck Process
First and foremost, deploying Aryaka meant that Schenck Process was able to establish global connectivity. After deploying 30+ sites in under nine months, Schenck was able to achieve a true global network with 24/7 managed services – a major benefit for a company with a lean networking organization, allowing IT resources to focus on other priorities.
Global applications are now fast and reliable. Gone are the 30-minute application launches and disconnections for CAD users. Access to other critical applications, notably SAP and SharePoint, are now stable. Of the difference in network performance, Ricardo Yamakawa, CCISO and Head of Global IT Infrastructure at Schenck Process, says: “It was like flipping a switch. It was like night and day once Aryaka was in the picture.”
Another major benefit has been both the flexibility and security provided by Aryaka. When the Schenck Process transitioned to primarily remote work in response to the global pandemic and later to a hybrid work model, they were ready to embrace the new normal from a networking perspective by leveraging Aryaka’s SmartCDN. According to Ricardo Yamakawa, “Helpful is an understatement. If not for Aryaka, we would not have been able to support a hybrid workforce.” Anecdotally, one SAP business analyst shared that their remote access at home into the SAP environment was even faster than it had previously been in the office.
Global Content Services Company Dumps MPLS in Favor of Aryaka SmartServices to Save 50K Euros Annually and Accelerate Applications Up to 5X
Amplexor is a global content services player that provides content management solutions and translation services. Founded in Luxembourg in 1987, the company has grown both organically and through acquisitions that have evolved Amplexor from a language services provider into a leading digital solutions provider.
Amplexor’s impressive growth in recent years has expanded them into 23 countries across four continents, yet it has also presented some unique IT challenges.
When opening new offices, Amplexor’s IT team would typically spend three or more months, depending on the location, adding the branch to their existing MPLS network. Not only would this impact their business timeline, but it also became a major time suck for Amplexor’s lean IT team who had to invest countless hours with their telecom provider. Additionally, application performance across their global offices was inconsistent – particularly in China, where critical business applications would often time out and file sharing was slow.
After deploying Aryaka SmartServices through their key IT business partner Cloud 365 (cloud365.pt), Amplexor saw benefits immediately. First, there was the process. Transitioning away from MPLS to Aryaka was quick and easy. In China, for example, it took just four days from the time of order for the office to be connected to Aryaka’s private Layer-2 network.
Aryaka SmartServices also solved Amplexor’s connectivity challenges in China. No longer was file sharing or high latency an issue. With Aryaka, applications were accelerated by 3X in China and up to 5X in other geographies. Amplexor also realized major cost savings in moving away from MPLS. By the end of Amplexor’s transition to Aryaka’s SD-WAN, the company will save an estimated 50,000 Euros annually. While performance and cost savings were the main drivers behind the move to Aryaka’s SD-WAN, some benefits have been less tangible.
“We chose Aryaka because of the speed of deployment, the simplicity it brings, and the massive cost reduction compared to MPLS. Aryaka has been a great partner that adapts to our business needs and helps us continue to grow at an effective pace.” Bruno Stuart-Torrie, IT Application and Support Director, Amplexor
According to Bruno Stuart-Torrie, IT Application and Support Director at Amplexor, Aryaka’s managed services have offloaded some of the administrative burdens and headaches of managing a network.
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