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O’Brien Fine Foods is a family-run food company that specialises in supplying meat and breakfast products to the Irish and UK markets. A primary supplier of high quality meat products, the company is best known for its Brady Family and Homebird brands.
To meet production quotas, O’Brien Fine Foods needs to maintain a high-performance and reliable infrastructure, with automatic failover built into all aspects of the design, should something go wrong.download case study
To meet customer demand, O’Brien Fine Foods operates a 24-hour production environment, which requires ‘always-on’ IT systems capable of providing constant access to critical business applications and data.
Following the company’s expansion, the IT infrastructure came under increased strain, due in part to the introduction of increased numbers of IOT devices such as electronic scales, ovens, and temperature gauges.
As well as this, the food business is an industry of rapid development, with new machinery and production methods constantly being introduced. For this reason, O’Brien Fine Foods needed an infrastructure with the bandwidth to accommodate sudden developments and changes. The company also wanted to provide employees with the ability to work effectively from anywhere in the facility, while prioritising network security, and it was with these requirements in mind that it approached Novi.
Having assessed O’Brien Fine Foods’ speciﬁc needs, Novi devised and implemented an all-new infrastructure with performance, security and high availability in mind across the design.
Novi deployed a high-performance Fortinet Firewall cluster that enables segmentation of the internal network into secure virtual LANs (VLANs) to ensure that core production systems remain securely isolated from wireless devices and office equipment. Novi also deployed perimeter ﬁrewalls that incorporate two-factor authentication to maximise security. Along with the ﬁrewalls at the core, this setup provides O’Brien Fine Foods with complete control over its wireless infrastructure, allowing the company to monitor access at a granular level, by user or device type. This also allows the company to easily restrict access in the event that suspicious activity is noticed on the network.
O’Brien Fine Foods also required access to reliable and secure wireless infrastructure both in office and production locations.
“The project has provided the company with an infrastructure that offers increased performance and reliability, while maintaining the highest level of security. It has also increased ﬂexibility when compared to before. Greater network speeds mean that employees can now work efficiently and effectively from anywhere in the facility from either their laptops or their mobile devices.”
Enda Duffy, IT Manager
- Mobile Working
- increased Network Speed
- Performance and Reliability
- Enhanced Security