Inspirations Paint Store (Holdings) Ltd., Australia
Efficient Inter-Office Communication among a network of 90+ Specialty Paint Stores across Australia
About Inspirations Paint Store (Holdings) Ltd., Retail
Inspirations Paint is Australia’s leading network of specialty paint stores, with over 100 stores nationwide. Each store is a franchise run independently by the store owner. The franchisor is Inspirations Paint Store (Holdings) Ltd an unlisted public company whose shareholders are the franchisees themselves. The national office services the franchisees and takes care of business growth in the areas of marketing, finance, administration, operations and business strategy.
Our stores are distributed all over Australia forming a mesh of inter-communication links. Each franchisee is connected with others through these links using the Internet
Mr. William Lutz
All throughout the Inspirations Paint franchisee network, Internet is used as the major
mode of communication. Hence, it is very important for every franchisee to be online
at all times. “Our stores are distributed all over Australia forming a mesh of inter-communication links. Each franchisee is connected with others through these links using the Internet”, said Mr. William Lutz, the IT Consultant for Inspirations Paint.
Inefficient Inter-Franchisee Communication
In order to inter-communicate, all Franchisees are connected using VPN links. Previously, they used Linux Servers for VPN which were not easy or flexible to configure. These servers did not provide user-friendly interfaces or granular controls over their features which William could use to customize the connections according to their needs. Furthermore, it did not have a backup facility and did not provide access to routers for configuration. William said, “We wanted to deploy a robust communications solution to avoid the cost of deploying and managing servers at each of our 130 sites”.
The Cyberoam Solution
William examined the market for a reliable Internet Security solution that could handle
their issues and maintain efficiency at such a large scale. “We even considered Cisco.
However, Cisco was 4x the price of Cyberoam upfront and significantly higher
maintenance costs”, William said. Cyberoam was introduced to Inspirations Paint by
Digital Business Management, a Cyberoam Reseller. Cyberoam fulfilled all their
requirements and was well within their budget. They purchased Ninety Two (92)
Cyberoam Appliances and One (1) Virtual CCC Appliance. Two (2) CR50ia are
deployed at their Head Office in Warners Bay, New South Wales. Seventy Five (75)
CR25wi and Fifteen (15) CR35wi are deployed at their Franchisees across the
country. The vCCC Appliance is deployed at their Head Office and serves to manage
all the Cyberoam Appliances from a central location.