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New SD-WAN accelerates Liantis’ expansion with new offices

Three offices are currently connected to the new SD-WAN network. By the end of the year, this amount should increase to 30.

Expected savings of about 500,000 EUR in five years for telecommunication
All offices can now effortlessly use the cloud
Liantis is less dependent on telcos and has more insight into its network traffic 

About a year ago, ADMB and Zenito joined forces to become Liantis. This operation had a profound impact on the company’s IT service, which had to connect over 60 offices with each other. The project was named One Network: Liantis provided every office with new Wi-Fi and a new local network and connected all offices with a new wide area network (WAN). They called in Xylos to advise and support them with the implementation of their new software-defined WAN.

Cutting costs by up to 40%

“This helps us cut our telecommunication costs – not only because regular Internet lines are now faster and cheaper than MPLS, but also because we no longer have to buy Quality of Service as an optional feature. Citrix now handles QoS automatically, and it’s much more intelligent than it was with our previous MPLS connection. We can now filter by application”, says John Helsmoortel, IT Infrastructure Project Manager at Liantis.

By using a parallel system with both technologies, Liantis becomes less dependent on MPLS. “We expect to save up to 40% on telecommunication, which comes down to about 500,000 EUR in five years. We have three types of SD-WAN connectors, depending on the size of each office. This is another important competitive advantage when it comes to cutting costs”, John Helsmoortel adds.

  • 64 current number of Liantis offices
  • 40 Liantis expects to save about 40% on telecommunication
  • 30 number of Liantis offices to be connected to the new SD-WAN this year

Quick and simple

Three offices are currently connected to the new SD-WAN network. By the end of the year, this amount should increase to 30. “We’re already noticing the advantages. We’re ready to ‘deliver’ offices more quickly now because our way of working has been standardised. We’re also more in control of our environment because we know exactly what’s running on our network. The clear, user-friendly dashboards make management easy. It’s not a zero-touch installation, but still, everything runs much more smoothly compared to a classic WAN network. On top of that, the margin of error is smaller”, says Helsmoortel.

One of the most important advantages for Helsmoortel’s team is the system’s standardisation: all 64 offices now have an identical setup. This efficiency automatically leads to better, faster support.

Trusted advisors

This isn’t the first project Liantis and Xylos have tackled together. “Three years ago, we chose Xylos for our XenApp project. We appreciate their no-nonsense, customer-centric approach. Their experts always look at the bigger picture and give correct, personal and fitting advice. They don’t try to force applications on you. When we bought licences for a storage project, we saved 70,000 EUR thanks to some concrete tips Xylos had given us. We’re still working with Xylos to modernise our workplace further”, Helsmoortel concludes.

“Everything runs much more smoothly compared to a classic WAN network.” 

John Helsmoortel, IT Infrastructure Project Manager at Liantis