Foodstuffs North Island has partnered with Fortinet to replace its legacy network infrastructure and centralise its network configuration as part of a major infrastructure refresh. The decision was reached following a successful nine-month pilot program.
Foodstuffs North Island was looking to refresh its end-of-life network hardware for its 328 stores taking a security-first approach. This approach was important as they are an essential service, with New Zealand’s North Islanders reliant on them to provide essential food and groceries. Additionally, the retailer wanted a modern, reliable and secure network solution to underpin other digital initiatives.
“It’s important to provide a scaled network solution across different store sizes that’s robust and provides the service stores need, so that they can concentrate on supplying their customers,” Head of IT Operations and Security, Campbell Mander.
“Foodstuffs North Island wanted to establish a clear vision for its network solutions, looking at what 10 years into the future would look like for the co-operative and wanted to partner with a vendor that would support that vision.”
Foodstuffs North Island selected Fortinet for its high-performance, security-first approach and its reputation for its products being highly integrated, and automated in both security and secure software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN).
Mander says Fortinet helps Foodstuffs build the digital experiences that customers demand.
“With more connected systems in stores, distribution centres, support centres, and main data centres, Foodstuffs North Island required all of these locations and devices to talk to each other and to be secure. Importantly, Foodstuffs North Island wanted a solution that was cost-effective for the whole of the North Island.”
The teams at Fortinet and Foodstuffs North Island collaborated closely to overcome challenges within the Foodstuffs North Island environment to roll out the solution seamlessly. The Fortinet solution has delivered a long-term sustainable and supportable solution that meet Foodstuffs North Islands’ needs. With the FortiGate solution, Foodstuffs North Island can achieve greater scalability and network security across its stores.
“The experience so far with Fortinet has been great,” says Mander.
“The team has worked closely with Foodstuffs North Island and isn’t seen as just a vendor, they’re a partner. Fortinet care about the solutions they’ve sold you and they’re going to look after it and come on the journey with you.”