”Problems with the former SD-WAN supplier arose because everything was correct on paper, but in practice the right ‘dots on the i’ were not put in place, says Arne. “Despite the fact that we had redundant connections, for example, the second line that is intended to provide continuity to the network if a connection goes down did not work. During the test period everything still worked well, but because different technologies were used together, the failover mechanism to the second access line turned out to be unstable in practice. My conclusion afterwards was that different technologies, with their own updates, will eventually interfere with other systems because they do not understand each other.”
Arne also says that the global transition to fully move to SD-WAN took two years at the time.
“IPknowledge, together with Cato Networks, transferred our entire international network to SASE SD-WAN within just three months, which is a great achievement.”
ARNE VAN VUUREN
HEAD OF IT OPERATIONS
”VOS Logistics currently has more than 35 locations in Europe, employing around 3,000 people. IPknowledge provides us with backup Internet Access for all main locations throughout Europe, mostly via business 4G. Why did we choose IPknowledge? In the first place because they unburden us as an IT department, in the second place because they do this at the most competitive price. We chose Edge SD-WAN & security from another partner”
IT HEAD OF CORPORATE INFRASTRUCTURE & NETWORK
”Why did we choose Network as a Service? We can build on the expertise and cooperation of IPknowledge. They are a one-stop-shop since they supply both the overlay (SASE SDWAN from Cato Networks) and underlay connectivity (Internet lines).
”Why did I choose IPknowledge? I keep everything in my own hands, but I can always fall back on their know-how and skills.
Since 1937, Roba Metals has grown into an international company for steel, aluminium and stainless steel, with offices and service centres in six different countries. Our goal is to regain full control when it comes to connections and to be able to safeguard an SLA to our internal clients ( the business) when it comes to our IT infrastructure.
We have now switched from MPLS to Cato SD-WAN, which means that in addition to the higher bandwidths, we have also realised a much better insight, control and security level, which supports our IT operations team much better. IPknowledge has connected every branch with multiple internet lines, as redundancy is crucial for the continuity of our business processes.
We also use ‘Silver’ support for network registration and monitoring. This enabled us to phase out our open-source performance (Zabbix) and monitoring tool (Cacti). It’s nice that everything runs through 1 party who are also willing to actively think along and develop with us.”
”With Telco MPLS, creating new locations or change requests did not always go smoothly. The performance of the international network was very different between the countries. The ‘co-managed’ model offered by IPknowledge was very appealing for us.”
”I now have flexibility and scalability in control, which is better for us than a fully managed environment of a traditional Telco. We chose IPknowledge because they could offer more at a reduced price, but mainly because of their excellent service, greater flexibility and scalability. A small organization with great global achievements.”
HEAD OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND SECURITY
30 September 2020. Bugaboo has entered agreement with IPknowledge for a fully managed SD-WAN.
The solution had to be simple and sustainable, and it had to just work.”
And where there were hiccups every month with our previous infrastructure, now our network has been absolutely stable, fast, and available.”
”The relationship between our companies goes back to even before I was with Bugaboo. We have always trusted IPknowledge engineers to work on the most precious parts of our networking infrastructure.”
”They are network- and technology independent and really understand how corporate application performance and global collaboration depends on the network. It is only logical that we have selected IPknowledge to provide us a fully managed and secure global connectivity solution. The IPknowledge OneWAN ‘Network as a Service’ will provide fast and safe connectivity to the Bugaboo sites and users worldwide.”
”IP Knowledge is easy to deal with and brings Mainfreight connectivity across Europe in a seamless and standard way. IP Knowledge provided services managing performance and availability are key to Mainfreight’s way of doing business”
EUROPEAN IT MANAGER
We asked IPknowledge to provide us with managed Internet access, as this is very important to our business and its continuity.”
IT INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGER
”With Telco MPLS, creating new locations or change requests did not always go smoothly.
The performance of the international network was very different between the countries.
The ‘co-managed’ model offered by IPknowledge was very appealing for us.”
HEAD OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND SECURITY
The less we spend on IT, the more we can give to the people who really need it!”
HEAD OF ICT
”Since IPknowledge connected our clients with SD-WAN we have no more Telco lock-in and we can sustain even link outages.
We are now considering to replace MPLS altogether.”
CEO AND FOUNDER VIDEOBUTLER