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CMC Networks Partners with SafetySA

November 2023 by Marc Jacob

CMC Networks, a global Tier 1 service provider, has been selected by SafetySA, a provider of Testing, Inspection, Certification (TIC) and Training solutions, to upgrade its network and thereby improve service delivery to its customer base. The migration from MPLS to a software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) enables improved speed and security of SafetySA’s connectivity between its sites.

SafetySA specialises in providing TIC and Training solutions with a particular focus on food safety and workplace safety across a wide range of industry verticals, including mining, oil and gas, transport and logistics, agriculture, financial services, government, pharmaceutical, hospitality, construction, retail and more. Key customer facing brands include SafetyCloud, AssureCloud, NOSA, NQA and SAMTRAC. CMC Networks designed and implemented a hybrid network consisting of SD-WAN interconnected with SafetySA’s existing MPLS. This enables SafetySA to migrate its sites from MPLS to SD-WAN in a staged approach, without any risks of network disruption.

CMC designed and implemented a fully meshed Juniper Session Smart Router (SSR) SD-WAN with high availability nodes in multiple SafetySA and NOSA training centres across South Africa. This was delivered using CMC’s dual IP Premier Direct Internet Access (DIA) service with the highest level of SLA. CMC Networks can control SafetySA’s underlay network connectivity via IP packet forwarding, ensuring the seamless provisioning of services across SafetySA’s network. A high availability node was deployed in one of CMC’s Johannesburg data centres to facilitate the interconnectivity with SafetySA’s existing MPLS network, with a cross-connect to enable a smooth network transition. CMC Networks is delivering a fully managed service with a full suite of features including a dedicated service manager, SLA reporting, trend analysis and extensive consulting.

An additional virtual appliance was deployed in Microsoft Azure to connect the network to SafetySA’s workloads running in Azure South Africa North. CMC is leveraging Zero-Trust and Layer 3-4 security capabilities to ensure that only valid, secure traffic travels across SafetySA’s network. Generic Internet traffic is steered towards SafetySA’s Fortigate security stack in Azure, while trusted Internet traffic is configured to breakout from site locally. This ensures the best blend of security and application performance for SafetySA and its enterprise customers across verticals.

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