Mental health and wellbeing services provider Wise Group will roll out a software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) from Kordia across 54 New Zealand sites, based on Cisco Meraki equipment.
According to Kordia the network will simplify the management and operation of Wise Group’s wide area network, reduce its wide area networking costs by up to 50 percent and increase the overall flexibility, performance and capabilities of its internet-based applications and services.
Wise Group general manager of information services Mark Thorn said the biggest advantage of SD-WAN was the flexibility it offered.
“We can extend the WAN to wherever it needs to go, whenever we need it to go there; it is easy to split off to temporary residential sites, for example, and it opens the pipes for full speed access along with all the corporate policies we want to provide.”
He added: “The beauty of the SD-WAN is that it is a lightweight, lower-cost service; previously, users had a convoluted pipe to get through to head office applications, which added latency and affected speed. Now they get a nice fast internet connection with easy inter-branch connectivity as required. This in turn means our people can focus on what they do best – and that’s making a difference in our community,”
Kordia head of product Murray Goodman said the rollout would be rapid, with devices being installed by either Kordia technicians or by the customer’s own IT staff.
“There are a number of options for the SD-WAN, including fully-owned and managed, partially self-managed, and fully outsourced. Wise Group, with a mature IT department, has opted for partially self-managed, with our engineers providing additional expertise as and when required,” he said.