Since opening their first brick and mortar stores in Australia, JD Sports has experienced rapid growth and continue to open a significant number of new stores on an annual basis. However, with the rapid expansion came rapidly increasing connectivity and WAN costs.
How A1 Technologies helped JD Sports save thousands in WAN costs
About JD Sports
In addition to the increasing WAN costs to service their new stores, JD were not getting the level of customer service they needed to support the agile and fast paced nature of their operations. Sites were often going down unexpectedly, services were being disconnected with limited warning, and communication response times were lagging.
A1 Technologies conducted a comprehensive review of JD’s operations including their current technologies, commercial processes, and store requirements. Based on the review, A1 in conjunction with the team from Exclusive Networks were able to design and deploy a cutting-edge Fortinet SD-WAN solution which involved:
- Decommissioning the aging and expensive MPLS network and bring the hosted firewall inhouse to increase flexibility and visibility.
- Transitioning from expensive 10mb and 20mb fibre services to NBN 100/40 at retail stores and Fast Fibre at key locations such as the head office and warehouse.
- Deploying FortiGate SD-WAN IPsec failover to ensure connectivity and redundancy.
JD Sports were able to realise a 40% reduction in their annual WAN costs while increasing network visibility, flexibility, and scalability. Operationally, JD now benefit from a more personal and responsive service from A1 Technologies. They can now focus less on managing their IT and focus their efforts on growing their business.
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