Project

CM.com develops high performance network infrastructure with Infradata

CM Group

Thousands of companies rely on CM.com's communication and payment platform every day. CM.com operates in over 190 countries, has more than 25,000 customers and more than 300 employees. CM.com delivers mobile messaging, payment services and digital identification solutions.

CM has offices in The Netherlands, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, China, Dubai, South Africa, Germany and France. Companies that use the CM.com platform include Heineken, Unicef, Rabobank, Parkmobile and Thuisbezorgd.nl.

Infradata helps CM to realize a network as the foundation for global growth

In 2014, after years of growth, CM.com saw an explosive increase of complexity, data consumption and latency on the existing network as more and more customers were using the services of CM.com. This created the need for a new network foundation, so that the CM.com platform could grow on a global scale. To ease and speed up software applications deployment, the in-house development team of CM.com, consisting of over 100 developers, also needed an agile and lean network environment. Transforming to a future-proof network infrastructure would also enable the onboarding of new networks, deliver high performance and provide more control to make optimal use of network functions.

“With this Infradata infrastructure we built together, we are now able to own it ourselves and do a lot ourselves. We also have a scalable solution to provide this global infrastructure that we need to facilitate our services.” - Jan Saan, CTO at CM.com

Worldwide scalable, secure and multi cloud ready

With its worldwide clientele and the scale on which CM.com operates, it is crucially important that the network is stable and secure, but also flexible enough to be able to introduce new services and products. Together with Infradata, the traditional static network was replaced by a robust underlay and an overlay network. This overlay network provides segmentation between various products as well as network security between different components of a product. By using an overlay network, it is possible to build a new virtual network within minutes, without having an impact on the other overlay networks and associated products.

CM.com is a devOps company that develops its own applications. By applying network segmentation in the overlay network from day one, security is already enforced during the development of an application. This results in an application that is secured on multiple layers (defense in depth).

The hardware and software stack of CM.com includes technology from Juniper Networks, Dell and the VMWare virtualization platform. The new globally scalable environment offers built-in redundancy. Applications run on multiple virtualized networking environments offering greater flexibility for when changes need to be implemented . This way  new networks can be simply added to the CM.com network after company takeovers for example. Based on the Juniper vSRX, virtual firewalls are also installed within the virtual network environment.

Software-Defined and virtualized network platform

In the near future CM.com will also benefit from the advantages of Software-Defined Networking (SDN). With Juniper Contrail and the virtualized edge routers vMX, effective and automated orchestration is possible. Rapid deployment of Virtual Machines supports global scalability and enables bridging between computing, storage and the network for optimal connectivity. Juniper vSRX virtual firewalls are also installed within this virtual network environment.

CM.com builds its own campus with Secure Enterprise network

CM.com is currently building its own campus with more than 150 new workplaces. Infradata will supply a secure wireless network solutions from Aruba Networks.to the new facility. This will provide employees with fast and secure workspaces while CM.com network administrators can manage endpoints themselves for optimal on-site network security. Thanks to this scalable Secure enterprise networking solution, CM.com has complete control over the network infrastructure on their campus.

“Based on my experiences I would certainly tell people to call Infradata and ask them to help you out. Because they will get you to the next level." - Jan Saan, CTO at CM.com

Summary

Industry

  • Telecom/Service Providers

Challenges:

  • Develop a network as the foundation for CM.com’s multi cloud infrastructure
  • The transition from a traditional network to a future-proofed, globally scalable low latency and high availability one

Solution:

  • Design and implementation of a low-latency network architecture for the multi cloud strategy

 

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