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Networking Unplugged

Perspectives on cloud networking and software-defined WANs

Posted January 17, 2014
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Networking Headaches Drive Trucking Company to the Cloud

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Across America, IT pros are stretched thin trying to juggle challenges related to increasingly mobile workforces. That was the situation for Anthony Almodovar just a few months ago, before his business found relief in cloud networking.

As Systems Administrator for Smith Trucking, Anthony is responsible for ensuring that offsite executives and employees have remote network access from anywhere, at all times. It's a tall order, especially since the commercial transportation company moves temperature-sensitive medical and food products with over 100 trucks on a 24-hour basis.

At Smith Trucking, fleet operators and execs work in an environment that's constantly changing. When a truck fails, loads need to be redirected and drivers need to be reassigned. It's crucial that every employee maintains connectivity with each other and the company's headquarters. They also need to have constant access to files and applications that live at Smith's branch office.

For years, Smith Trucking depended on a variety of resources, including SpectorSoft monitoring software, a SQL database, Square Rigger for inventory, and transportation software from McLeod. All of this was housed within a VMware server at HQ, and Anthony relied on hardware-based VPN to keep everyone connected. But over time, the complexity and expense associated with VPN became too much of a burden, prompting Anthony to look for a better solution.

He looked first to LogMeIn. But after realizing he needed to install the app on over two dozen computers to make it work, it became clear this wouldn’t be a scalable option.

Then Anthony decided to Pertino, placing five workers on a cloud-based Pertino network and connecting a second office to Smith Trucking's headquarters. He saw value immediately, calling Pertino "intuitive and reliable."

In a matter of minutes, Anthony invited all his remote employees to join his Pertino network, giving them secure remote access to files, applications, and other behind-the-firewall company resources. With Pertino, Smith keeps its entire operation rolling at full speed, without networking hiccups. When a truck breaks down and Smith's managers need to get customer information to a driver, they use Pertino. They also use Pertino to share critical information across the network, view real-time inventory status, and address unexpected incidents fast and efficiently from anywhere at any time.

With cloud-based VPN, Smith Trucking is running smoothly and life is much easier for the company's Systems Administrator.

 

 

Larry Stein

Larry Stein

Director, Marketing

This is Larry’s fifth startup over the past 15 years, during which he navigated two IPOs and two acquisitions. Before Pertino, Larry served tours of service with Ameritech and data communications training.

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