Al Shafar General Contracting LLC Dubai
Cyberoam VPN Provides Un-Interrupted Business Security and Connectivity in a Fully Dynamic Environment
About Al Shafar General Contracting LLC, Construction
Al Shafar General Contracting (ASGC), a flagship company of theAl Shafar group,
s leading building contractor company. Their construction gamut covers
high-rise towers, residential complexes, factories, shopping malls, palaces,
universities, hotels, retail developments and ancillary services.
Mr. Surendran Pariyanghat
Seamless and cost effective business connectivity with the remote construction sites spread across UAE through the Internet was the primary need of ASGC. This business requirement can be drilled down to two basic technical requirements:
While the office interconnectivity through Internet was a recent requirement, the Internet security was taken care of by a pure firewall solution. Mr. Surendran Pariyanghat, the IT Manager at Al Shafar found that the blended threat scenario required a gateway level comprehensive Internet security solution which included a Firewall, Gateway Anti Virus, Anti Spam, Intrusion Detection and Prevention and Web Content Filtering.
Talking about VPN, Surendran said, “The main challenge for any VPN solution lay in the DDNS-based networking environment which demanded a robust architecture and proactive support. We were looking for a solution that would work under the most trying technical and environmental circumstances. Our business connectivity depended on it.”
The Head Office and the Branch Offices/ Construction Sites are connected through the same ISP, with a limited pool of IP addresses. Al Shafar‘ s Head Office and remote offices use ADSL links and Dynamic DNS to connect to the Internet. The DDNS IP addresses are leased to a site during the Internet link‘ s up-time.
The challenges faced in site-to-site VPN connectivity are:
The complexity is compounded as there are no trained IT professionals on the remote sites to locally trouble-shoot. This demanded that the solution be inherently robust and be backed up by a strong and proactive post-sales support.
The Cyberoam Solution
ASGC turned to Bulwark Technologies for a solution.As per their advice they have
deployed three (3) Cyberoam CR 50i appliances in the Head Office and ten (10)
CR 25i appliances at remote construction sites. As new construction sites keep
coming, the tally of Cyberoam appliances keep going up.
s short DDNS update interval ensures that, in spite of frequent link
connectivity fluctuations, the IP address is always in sync for both the peers in a
site-to-site VPN tunnel.
The dearth of on-site technical staff did not hinder Cyberoam‘
s proactive support.
Using road warrior connection, they gained access to remotely deployed
Cyberoam appliances to troubleshoot them. Cyberoam support found that a few
ADSLrouters were port forwarding incorrectly. The determined Cyberoam support
team restarted the routers remotely to maintain uninterrupted business
Comprehensive Internet Security
Cyberoam UTM appliances deployed at the Head Office had identity-based
Firewall, Gateway Anti Virus, Gateway Anti-Spam, Intrusion Detection and
Prevention and Web Content Filtering security features which provided
comprehensive Internet security cover.