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
IT Consultant
Inspirations Paint

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.

The major communication related issue that they faced was:

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.

After Cyberoam installation, the following benefits were noticed.

  • Efficient, Secured Inter-Franchisee Communication

    The Cyberoam Appliances deployed at the Head Office and all Franchisees enable secure IPSec VPN connectivity which drives all communication. This ensures seamless inter-communication of all POS systems and resources like B-Office and Printers. Cyberoam’s Threat-free Tunneling (TFT)-driven VPN ensures that all such traffic is securely encrypted and no malware sneaks through it.

    Furthermore, Cyberoam’s user-friendly and easy-to-use GUI makes configuration effortless. Cyberoam provides complete control over all aspects of the VPN feature allowing customization at very granular levels.

  • Network Secured from Cyber Threats

    Cyberoam’s Checkmark and ICSA dual certified Firewall safeguards the Inspirations Paint network against impending cyber threats over the Internet. Users are given controlled access to network and internet resources, ensuring that no security loopholes are left open. With a comprehensive database of 4500+ signatures, Cyberoam’s Intrusion Prevention System offers a second line of defence against intrusion attempts like DoS attacks, spyware attacks, spoofing, keyloggers, Trojans and more.

  • Ease of Management with vCCC

    Inspiration Paints deployed a Virtual Cyberoam Central Console (vCCC) Appliance at their Head Office to centrally manage all the Cyberoam Appliances at various locations. “The vCCC has made our life much simpler by providing a single interface to control such a large number of appliances. Whenever we want to apply changes to policies across all appliances, it is just a few clicks in vCCC and we are good to go! To think how we could have managed them individually!” William said.

  • To Conclude

    “Cyberoam gives us the dual benefit of a Low Cost of Ownership, and Ease of Management and Maintenance. All in all, it is a very good product”, William said.