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Poupart secures supply chain systems with StoneGate

Stonesoft Networks : 13 June, 2008  (Application Story)
Critical EDI and web messaging for supply chain continuity at fruit retailers secured with StoneGate Multi-link technology
Poupart has installed StoneGate, a network security solution from Stonesoft. Poupart has invested in the resilience of its supply chain IT to ensure its 120 employees and 100 remote users experience continuous uptime and can exchange EDI and XML (electronic data interchange) messages securely.

Poupart Limited has been in operation since the 19th century supplying fruit to retailers and other organisations. The group is dedicated to ethical trading practices and supplies multiple markets through its companies including Poupart Citrus, BerryWorld and Norton Folgate. Its customers include Tesco, Sainsburys and Waitrose. The company chose Stonesoft following a recommendation from Stonesoft partner Ramesys - a managed services and security services IT provider.

With deliveries taking place throughout the day and overnight, and orders being processed daily, the fresh produce supply chain requires continuous operation and Poupart has implemented Stonesoft's StoneGate to ensure communications with customers, suppliers and other members of the supply chain - including invoices, orders, delivery confirmations and payments - are not affected by network disruptions or security breaches.

Poupart supplies its IT user base of over 300 users with Microsoft web-based collaboration and Business Process Management (BPM) platforms Microsoft SharePoint and BizTalk; Microsoft Dynamics Nav, web hosting, web access, e-mail and EDI. StoneGate will ensure that connection to these critical applications remains active at all times.

Network security platform StoneGate, provides extremely high levels of security, secure remote access and allows for multiple internet connections from different ISPs. StoneGate's Multi-Link Technology and ISP Multi-homing techniques provide organisations with highly available ISP connectivity in a simple, straightforward, and cost-effective manner. Stonesoft allows the use of multiple ISP connections simultaneously, providing an always connected service via any of the available connections and also ensuring that traffic is always carried via the quickest route, without the intervention of the IT department. Multi-Link supports many types of internet links, including ISDN, DSL, leased lines, modem connection and even satellite guaranteeing constant internet connectivity.

Poupart's infrastructure manager, Robert Hamilton explains: "Our vision is to be the leader of IT systems within the fresh produce sector, and security will play a major part in our strategy. Stonesoft has proved to be an excellent supplier, as has Ramesys, and I see both playing a major part in the future developments of Poupart's IT infrastructure." He continued: "The deciding factor was the ability to have multiple internet connections. Stonesoft's membership of the VPN consortium was also a positive factor. The platform is easy to use and following a day's training we have been able to bring the management of our IT security in-house. Stonesoft can offer technical complexity whilst keeping management simple."

Ash Patel, UK and Ireland country manager for Stonesoft said: "Detecting vulnerabilities early and enabling an efficient supply chain with secure and resilient connections is key in an FMCG sector like fresh produce." He concluded: "We are pleased that Poupart has realised benefits from the first day of the StoneGate deployment. Dual ISPs have enabled employees to increase their performance and remote access is not only quicker but also more reliable and easier to use.
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