From the oil rig to the gas pump, most large fuel distribution companies are involved in just about every aspect of fuel exploration, extraction, production, and distribution. In particular, one leading fuel distribution company has over 400 sites that include gas stations, corporate offices, remote offices, oil rigs, and fuel trucks. It also has 9,000 employees that handle thousands of customers across 60 markets.
For this fuel company, managing and securing its network infrastructure created numerous challenges for its IT department. The network environment was dependent on legacy routers, and connected to one Multi-Protocol Label Switch (MPLS) and one broadband circuit. Its existing hub-and-spoke configuration routed traffic through the data center via MPLS, with some traffic eventually traversing to cloud applications.