SD-WAN Case Study
Agrovista

Blaze Networks creates a private network with SD-WAN, an end-end Security Fabric, and the Blaze Private Core Network delivering a secure, reliable and agile network for Agrovista’s depots and remote workers, UK-wide.

Blaze Networks, a leading SD-WAN provider in the UK, have provided Agrovista with a co-managed private network, based on Fortinet SD-WAN and Fortinet Security Fabric platforms. The SD-WAN spans the company’s 24 storage and distribution centres (mainly in remote rural locations), the Agrovista head office, and remote workers.

Of particular importance was the need to better support a largely mobile and remote workforce with a secure VPN and improved endpoint security, as was the need to work with a managed service provider able to respond quickly to changing needs. Agrovista’s existing MPLS network and existing service provider was struggling to deliver – and a more solid foundation for future network evolution was needed to support the business.

A co-managed private network was created based on Fortinet’s SD-WAN technology and Security Fabric platform. A fully integrated technology stack has been provided, covering firewalls, switches, and wireless infrastructure across Agrovista’s office and depot locations. Professional project management by Blaze ensured a smooth deployment across all Agrovista sites.

By using application-aware SD-WAN technology and application health monitoring, Blaze can automatically failover the traffic in the event of service degradation on the primary fixed line service. Use of SDWAN-enabled active / active paths and application steering over both the primary and secondary connections enabled more productive network utilisation as well as enhancing resilience.

The solution includes:

  • A fully managed private network based on Fortinet SD-WAN and Fortinet Security Fabric platforms. This was designed, implemented, and is fully supported by Blaze.
  • Secure connection of remote workers is supported into the Blaze Private Core Network infrastructure through use of Fortinet’s ZTNA (Zero Trust Network Access) solution that is incorporated in the Fortinet endpoint management services technology (FortiClient EMS).
  • Unified Threat Management (UTM) security is provided through the Blaze Private Core Network. The UTM provides antivirus, content filtering and web filtering.
  • All locations are connected via a primary and secondary connection through a combination of leased line circuits, FTTC, Broadband and 4/5G (dependent on the number of staff, site location and service availability). The datacentre firewalls are connected back to Blaze’s core network on uncontended and dedicated 1,000 Mbps leased line connections.

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In doing so, Blaze have access to a vast array of products that allow us to overcome our customers’ business challenges and requirements.

Microsoft
Blaze is a Microsoft Solutions Partner

Blaze is a Microsoft Solutions Partner and Tier 1 Microsoft CSP Partner. We specialise in Microsoft 365 (including Teams and Teams Phone System), in Microsoft On-Premise and Hosted / Cloud Infrastructure (including Azure), and enable businesses to continue their digital evolution by fully exploiting the latest capabilities of Microsoft products as they evolve.

As a Microsoft Solutions Partner for Modern Work, Blaze has demonstrated a broad capability to help customers boost productivity and make the shift to hybrid work using Microsoft 365.

Fortinet

Blaze is an Expert Partner of Fortinet, a global industry leader in the supply of secure networking infrastructure systems. Fortinet are our technology partner of choice when building customer-specific Private SD-WANs, and Blaze is one of only a handful of Fortinet SD-WAN Specialization Partners in the UK and a Fortinet top-level Expert Partner. Blaze is also a Fortinet-accredited Managed Secure Solutions Provider (MSSP) and Integrator Fortinet partner. A Leader in several of Gartner’s Magic Quadrants, the Fortinet platform combines excellent performance with advanced security features, superb manageability, and excellent Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) per Mbps.

Veeam
Blaze Networks is a Veeam Cloud and Service Provider Silver Partner

Veeam is a highly respected leader in cloud-based backup and recovery software, data protection and advanced monitoring in the data centre.

Blaze is a Veeam Cloud and Service Provider Silver Partner and we have combined Veeam technology with our highly secure Blaze Cloud™ infrastructure to produce BlazeVault™, a highly dependable, secure, and resource-efficient solution which will keep downtime to an absolute minimum in the event of data loss in operational systems or ransomware attack.

Bitdefender
Blaze is a Bitdefender Gold MSP Partner

Blaze is a Bitdefender Gold MSP Partner. Bitdefender is a global cybersecurity leader protecting over 500 million systems through OEM technology partnerships, including with many global IT companies. Tests show it is unmatched in Attack Prevention. Based on Bitdefender technology, Blaze Endpoint Protection hardens endpoints to prevent malware and malicious attacks, and it provides the investigation and remediation capabilities needed to dynamically respond to security incidents when they evade protection controls. Blaze Managed EDR keeps your organisation safe with 24×7 security monitoring, advanced attack prevention, detection and remediation.

Cisco
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Cisco has long been the world’s pre-eminent network systems vendor, particularly for technology used at the core of major corporate networks and the internet. In addition to using Cisco equipment within our customers’ private networks, Blaze incorporates Cisco technology into the heart of our own network operations; the Blaze Private Core Network is built utilising Enterprise-class CISCO core routing equipment.