Global energy company World Fuel Services has become one of the largest organisations to complete a migration to a cloud-first platform as part of initiatives to transform the networks it relies on.
It said the move will give it secure connectivity for the benefits of a global hybrid workforce, while lowering the total cost of ownership (TCO) of its network infrastructure.
World Fuel Services sells and distributes aviation, marine and land fuel products, as well as energy management solutions, to clients across a range of industries in over 200 countries worldwide. The Fortune 500 company is headquartered Miami, Florida with employees across the US, Latin America, Europe, and Asia.
When it embarked on a company-wide digital transformation initiative, transforming core on-premises networks was the chosen first step on the journey. It claimed its old MPLS network had become unreliable, expensive, and time-consuming to maintain across its global footprint. Its IT departments decided what was needed was a unified, cloud-based architecture to deliver the company’s critical SaaS applications, such as Microsoft Office365, Box, Slack and Zoom, without increasing costs or management complexity.
To achieve this it chose a fully managed SD-WAN solution from cloud-first vendor Aryaka, plus last mile management services. Once it was decided that this solution met all its requirements, it was rolled out to more than 75 global sites. Once deployed, it said global application performance and network redundancy improved, while network TCO fell by 25%. By moving to Aryaka’s fully managed SD-WAN and SASE solution, World Fuel Services plans to be MPLS and datacenter free by the end of 2021.
“We wanted to consume our network in the same way we consume the cloud, which is an as-a-service model, but at the same time, we wanted to make sure the company we worked with was culturally aligned to who we are and who we want to be,” said Richard Delisser, vice president of global infrastructure at World Fuel Services. “Those are the two core reasons we chose what we did.”
“From a network performance standpoint, I view the benefits in two areas,” added Walter Aragon, senior network manager, at World Fuel Services. “One is redundancy. We could never have the level of redundancy with MPLS that we now have with Aryaka. The second is the amount of incidents. We’ve seen a 90% reduction in incidents since deploying Aryaka,”
“World Fuel Services is a company that is top of their game in delivering trusted energy solutions,” said Shashi Kiran, CMO at Aryaka. “We are pleased to have earned their trust as a strategic partner as they deliver best-in-class energy solutions to their customers globally.”
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