Interoute, the global cloud and network provider, has been selected by Thule Group, a world-leading sports and outdoor goods company, to deliver Interoute Edge SD-WAN, a software-defined wide area network solution. Interoute will connect 30 of Thule Group’s sites in 14 countries to its enterprise digital platform supporting the group’s growth and digital evolution.
“As we’ve moved to use more cloud and SaaS based applications, we’ve seen increased bandwidth demand and heavy over-utilisation of our network. We needed an underlying network that would allow us to achieve greater flexibility, scalability and control over our IT estate,” said Anders Olsson, director of IT at Thule Group.
“Interoute owns an advanced world-class network that offers us a platform unlike any other. With Interoute, we now have a software defined network foundation that offers us the flexibility we need to expand our business, enabling us to grow and evolve without technology limitations.”
“As Thule Group is a world leader in premium products that simplify an active lifestyle, it needs a digital platform that can support its rapid growth into new product categories,” explained Mark Lewis, EVP products & development at Interoute.
“Using Interoute Edge, Thule Group can leverage our low-latency global cloud fabric, which will enable Thule Group to benefit from high bandwidth, WAN optimised access to their applications in the data centre and various clouds, all securely meshed to their locations.”
Interoute Edge provides a solution that intelligently manages traffic routing as well as WAN Optimising traffic to other sites and clouds. By prioritising and optimising essential data traffic at the edge of the network and actively directing it along the most efficient lowest latency routes, Interoute Edge SD-WAN will optimise data flows to and from applications hosted in the cloud, improving performance for users. The platform will help Thule Group reduce costs, increase flexibility and bolster compliance with the in-built security capabilities native to Interoute Edge.
Interoute is the owner-operator of one of Europe’s largest networks and a global cloud services platform which encompasses 17 data centres, 17 IaaS zones and 51 colocation centres, with connections to over 195 additional third-party data centres across Europe. Its full-service Unified ICT platform serves international enterprises and many of the world’s leading service providers, as well as governments and universities.
About Thule Group
Thule Group is a world leader in products that make it easy to bring along the things you care for — easily, securely and in style – when living an active life. Under the motto “Active Life, Simplified”, Thule Group offers products within four product categories: Sport & Cargo Carriers (e.g. roof racks, roof boxes, racks for bikes, water and winter sports equipment that are transported by car), Packs, Bags & Luggage (e.g. computer and camera bags, luggage and hiking backpacks), Active with Kids (e.g. bicycle trailers, strollers, child bike seats) and RV Products (e.g. awnings, bike carriers, and tents for motorhomes and caravans). Thule Group has approximately 2,200 employees at eight production facilities and 35 sales offices worldwide.