Having a local presence in order to understand the needs of the customer is a mandate in the Human Resources (HR) field. When employees are spread across multiple locations, uninterrupted connectivity is absolutely essential. This ensures that employees respond promptly to all customer queries.
When employees connect from various branches to the head office, access to applications needs to be instantaneous. The bigger challenge is to monitor employee Internet usage at the branches so that bandwidth gets used only for business purposes. ManpowerGroup wanted to set up their IT security policy and ensure that it was uniformly administered across branches, which set in motion a search for the right firewall.
ManpowerGroup had been using WatchGuard solutions for the last eight years. Hence, when the need arose for centralized connectivity of branches with their headquarters in Gurgaon, they did not look beyond WatchGuard. They deployed two WatchGuard XTM 1050 appliances in high availability (HA) mode. As the customer was familiar with WatchGuard's easy-to-use deployment features, installation of the XTM 1050 appliances was a routine affair.
With the installation of XTM 1050 appliances in HA mode, Internet connectivity with the branches was established through MPLS. HA mode ensured uninterrupted connectivity and smooth failover from one appliance to the other in case of an emergency.
Bandwidth delivery from a central location led to its consolidation, resulting in 30% - 40% savings. Bandwidth usage policies were created which helped in its effective utilization. Access was granted to visit authorized websites only. Access to gaming, porn, and other unproductive sites were completely blocked. This helped employees even in remote locations to focus on business.
Centralized policy administration helped in uniform implementation of IT security policies across all branches. Centralized management ensured that all IT activities of employees across branches could be monitored at the click of a button. Patches, updates, and new policies could be deployed from the central location.
Application access improved appreciably after the XTM 1050 boxes were installed. A firewall throughput of 10 Gbps and VPN throughput of 2 Gbps made application access seamless. The GAV, IPS, and Application blocking features, which form a part of WatchGuard's UTM offering, ensure that Manpower- Group is continuously protected from various threats.
Centralized management made firewall administration across multiple clients easy.
To learn more about Manpower- Group India, visit http://manpowergroup.com
With WatchGuard we could achieve connectivity and centralized management of all branches. The resultant savings in bandwidth costs and the ability to get employees to focus on business were icing on the cake.
Sumanta Bose, Manager IT,