Qatar’s Milaha Maritime and Logistics upgrades firewall to ensure global network performance

Middle East marine and logistics company has improved its firewall to support global expansion

Qatar-based conglomerate Milaha Maritime and Logistics has upgraded its firewall to ensure the network can cope with the organisation’s global expansion.

The logistics and marine services firm needed a firewall that would provide the right level of security without impeding network performance.

It has moved from a SonicWall NSA 5600 firewall to next-generation firewall SuperMassive 9200.

Founded in 1958, the Milaha Group delivers services to some of the Middle East’s biggest oil, gas and petrochemical companies.

Over the past five decades, the company has become recognised globally for its services in logistics and marine transport, port services, ship repairs and shipping agency services.

Today, Milaha has a variety of business activities around the globe, with 14 commercial enterprises including Maritime and Logistics, Milaha Capital, Milaha Gas, Milaha Petrochem, Milaha Trading and Milaha Offshore. The corporation has a total workforce of 5,000 around the world, 1,000 of whom use PCs as part of their job. Most employees work at ports in various locations across the globe.

The company also has 24 offices in countries including Qatar, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, India and Singapore. It also plans to open an office in South America.

As Milaha has expanded geographically, familiar issues have arisen at each new site: a lengthy network installation and configuration process, and IT security involving a tedious mapping out of high network performance and business applications availability.

The company needed to optimise its network connectivity and communication, and IT security was high on the agenda. Having used SonicWall for the past 14 years, the company decided to deal with the network and security challenges it was facing by upgrading its SonicWall NSA 5600 firewall array with the more powerful SuperMassive 9200 platform.

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