As part of one of the UK’s leading providers of risk, savings and investment management products, the customer provides surveying and valuation services to the financial sector.
The customer required a solution to allow secure access for the following systems:
BLUE Profile Solution.
BLUE Profile’s approach was not only to install a secure system, but due to the nature of the system it had to be resilient. Dual internet connections were installed with a primary 10Mb circuit that could easily be expanded to 100mb on the Thus fibre network with a copper based 2Mb backup circuit. A Cisco router was used for the 2mb circuit, however a Samsung Ubigate was used as a router for the 10Mb circuit to allow the customer to take advantage of VoIP in the future. The perimeter firewall was upgraded to a pair of SonicWALL NSA UTM appliances in a HA configuration and all switches were configured in a redundant configuration.
The client had already undertaken a server consolidation and virtualisation project using an IBM BladeCenter and Microsoft Hyper-V. This provided a platform that allowed the provisioning of the Extranet on IBM Blade servers on a secure and separate VLAN within the same BladeCenter, thus reducing the costs in procurement and on-going management and support.
Secure remote access for both the customer’s remote workers and its clients requiring Extranet access was provided by two Celestix WSA appliances in a high available cluster. The Celestix WSA appliance with Microsoft’s Unified Access Gateway (UAG) provides a comprehensive and highly configurable secure connectivity solution for publishing enterprise applications.