SimplePay has deployed Riverbed’s SteelConnect as the backbone of a software-defined infrastructure. SteelConnect allows organisations to create a single, software-defined network spanning hybrid WANs, cloud networks, and branch LAN/WLANs with a centralised cloud-centric management workflow, application-based orchestration, and integrated security.
Rob Gillan, chief technology officer, SimplePay Group, says that as the company, which opened its doors in 2012, expanded to serve new customers across a range of industries and geographies, it became clear early on that its existing IT systems and networking infrastructure — while working fine locally — wouldn’t be able to keep up with the needs of a fast-growing, increasingly distributed operation.
By way of example, Gillan says that if SimplePay won new business in the US, it would have taken months to provision the new site with cloud connectivity and access to the business-critical applications and services it would need to run.
“We don’t have to worry about security or reliability; we now have a fully encrypted backbone that we’ve deployed using Riverbed at on and off-ramp points,” Gillan says.
“It’s an environment that is almost unheard of – unmatched. There’s no truck roll, there’s no staff needed, it literally is one of the simplest deployments I’ve ever been involved in.
“Unlike traditional switching and routing vendors who have built their business on delivering physical boxes to you, Riverbed has really embraced the software-defined networking model and they have a solution with SteelConnect that is easily deployable and absolutely reliable.”
“Cloud-first implementations demand a radically different approach to networking – one that’s agile, simple and works at the speed of business,” says Paul O’Farrell, senior vice president and general manager of Riverbed’s SteelConnect, SteelHead, and SteelFusion business units.
“Riverbed SteelConnect has given SimplePay a truly modernised network which has allowed the company to accelerate the growth of their business with a highly differentiated offering for their customers.”