Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) December 8, 2008
Stonesoft Inc., an innovative provider of integrated network security solutions, today announced that Wise Business Forms (Wise), a leading print manufacturer, implemented StoneGate Firewall/VPN solution to easily integrate disparate office connections and significantly improved network performance and security. The deployment enabled Wise to successfully move from a Multi Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) connection to a combination of more cost-effective Internet Service Providers (ISPs). As a result of the superior connectivity, ease of deployment and administration, and security advancements, Wise expects to record a ROI within 16 months of implementing the StoneGate solution.
Across the Eastern U.S., Wise provides customers with business forms, commercial printing, document services, and marketing services for resale. With clients and employees that work around the clock, Wise depends upon 24x7x365 network uptime and security in order to fulfill the purchase orders that drive corporate profitability.
In order to efficiently manage nationwide printing requests and sustain internal server communications such as email, FTP and file sharing, Wise had been using an MPLS network for communications among eight different office locations and an expanding customer base. However, the company was consistently experiencing stretches of Internet downtime and suffered from very slow Internet download speeds. The company desperately needed to eliminate the network failures and increase its network bandwidth allotment to sustain customer satisfaction and further company growth.
"It was very time consuming and expensive for Wise to maintain Internet uptime without centralized network integration or traffic monitoring capabilities," said Marc Picardo, Director of Information Technologies for Wise. "The connection disruptions and bandwidth limitations were severely threatening our ability to conduct business in a timely manner. With the StoneGate solution in place, our connection speed has dramatically increased and that has led to better overall productivity and customer satisfaction."
After seeking counsel from Perket Technologies, a certified Stonesoft partner, Wise discontinued the use of the MPLS service and deployed a combination of "clustered" DSL, cable modems and wireless cards to enhance corporate network connections. In preparation for the new infrastructure, Wise also sought to purchase network security solutions that would integrate the disparate networks and ensure high availability with increased bandwidth. Wise worked with Perket and determined that the StoneGate FW-1020e and StoneGate SG-500 appliances, with the company's patented Multi-Link™ technology built in, were ideal.
By utilizing multiple parallel ISP connections simultaneously, the StoneGate solution secured both the availability and integrity of the office-to-office connections. The Internet download speed was on average four to six times faster, enabling Wise to provide more efficient customer service. The user-friendly StoneGate Management Center made it easy for Wise to operate a flawless data center relocation process that they couldn't have done without the automatic failover and bandwidth capacities of the StoneGate solution. Additionally, the deep packet inspection capabilities in the StoneGate firewalls enabled Wise to immediately thwart all malicious network attacks.
"Particularly in today's economic climate, organizations are looking for new ways to streamline IT costs without sacrificing network uptime or security," said Paul Johnson, President of Stonesoft Inc. "We're extremely pleased that Stonesoft's innovative technologies are not only helping our customers save substantially, but also optimizing their networks so they work better than ever before. For Wise, the result is helping them deliver faster and secure order fulfillment - leading to new sales and increased customer satisfaction."
Ranked consistently among the top 10 independent forms manufacturers in the U.S. in sales volume, Wise is a leading trade manufacturer providing business forms, commercial printing, document services, and marketing services for resale only. Our core business is primarily focused on relationships with independent print distributors, ad agencies and marketing services companies, tailoring our offerings to meet their unique needs.
About Stonesoft Corporation
Stonesoft Corporation (NASDAQ OMX: SFT1V) is an innovative provider of integrated network security solutions to secure the information flow of distributed organizations. Stonesoft customers include enterprises with growing business needs requiring advanced network security and always-on business connectivity.
StoneGate™ Secure Connectivity Solution unifies firewall, VPN, IPS and SSL VPN blending network security, end-to-end availability and award-winning load balancing into a unified and centrally managed system. The key benefits of StoneGate the solution include low TCO, excellent price-performance ratio and high ROI. The StoneGate Virtual Security Solutions protect the network and ensure business continuity in both virtual and physical network environments.
StoneGate Management Center provides unified management for StoneGate Firewall with VPN, IPS and SSL VPN. StoneGate Firewall and IPS work together to provide intelligent defense all over the enterprise network while StoneGate SSL VPN provides enhanced security for mobile and remote use.
Founded in 1990, Stonesoft Corporation is a global company with corporate headquarters in Helsinki, Finland and Americas headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, visit http://www.stonesoft.com.
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