PathCare, Nigeria, Africa
PathCare Nigeria Relies on Cyberoam for Efficient Inter-Office Communication
About PathCare, HealthCare
PathCare Nigeria commenced operations from its Central Laboratory in Lagos in October 2004 with the objective of making a positive impact on the health of Nigerians. It provides pathology services of an international standard. It is the first ISO accredited (ISO 15189) medical laboratory in West Africa. It is committed to provide fast, accurate and reliable results by adhering to strict quality assurance programs and constantly monitoring its operations.
“Since Internet plays a vital role for their business, continuous and secured connectivity is one of the major necessities.”
Mr. Oladimeji Lagunju
Mr. Oladimeji Lagunju, the IT Manager at PathCare Nigeria said, "Since Internet plays a vital role for their business, continuous and secured connectivity is one of the major necessities."
No Connectivity between Offices
Mr. Oladimeji Lagunju said, "There was no VPN solution that could connect our remote offices with the Head Office. As a result, the resources at the head office could not be accessed. Moreover, often our inter-office communications were solely dependent on MPLS links that connected various offices, but were very expensive. Hence, we faced many difficulties in communication, holding back our business benefits."
Flooding Spam Mails
Mr. Oladimeji Lagunju wanted to control the downpour of Spam mails onto the network. He was highly annoyed with these mails as they not only flooded the inboxes but also affected the employee's productivity. Moreover, they even occupied unnecessary space on the server, leading to choked bandwidth. Also, some Emails contained malware which walked into the network quietly causing needless network issues.
Unlimited Internet Usage
Often Mr. Oladimeji Lagunju felt that an invaluable resource, Internet, was not utilized productively. There was a high probability of employees getting diverted from their tasks by accessing social networking sites, downloading/uploading videos, music and doing other non-work related activities. As a result, many times legitimate applications could not be accessed due to inadequate bandwidth. Moreover, some websites were malware-laden that entered the network secretly and caused destruction, affecting productivity.
Many a times the available bandwidth was used in non-productive tasks like: upload/download of music, videos, games and accessing other bandwidth hungry websites. This affected the business to such an extent that genuine websites became almost inaccessible and the speed of the network also became slow. Hence, deficiency of bandwidth had a bad impact on productivity.
The Cyberoam Solution
PathCare Nigeria considered and had demos of many solutions including Netgear, Cisco and Linksys to meet their security requirements. But of all, they found Cyberoam to be the best with respect to functionality and budget. They purchased Ten (10) appliances and deployed all in Gateway Mode. The models and locations of the appliances are given below.
Post deployment of Cyberoam in their network they found the following benefits: