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Drinagh Co-Operative Society network its West Cork retail branches

Introduction

Drinagh Co-op is a West Cork Dairy Co-Operative with its head office in Drinagh. Their main business includes milk purchase and collection, provender milling and they operate eleven retail branch offices selling groceries, fuel and agricultural products as well as a pharmacy, grocery and hardware store in Skibbereen.

Business Challenge

With the retail branches each operating independently, collating and exchanging information for point of sale, stock keeping and financial records was proving a challenge. The solution needed to be secure, fast and without a high price tag. With branches in some very rural locations, availability of network infrastructure through traditional wired technology was extremely limited and costly.

Solution

Digitalforge set up a secure VPN by connecting Drinagh Branches in Kealkil, Lowertown, Castletownbere, Dunmanway, Drinagh, Skibbereen, Aughadown, Colomone, Bantry and Goleen all with the head office operations in Drinagh. Some of the branch locations were not in line of site of an existing Digitalforge base station so we had to think outside of the box. Some new base stations were built, some extra-large poles were erected and some re-beaming of signals was required.

A virtual private network (VPN) is a network that uses primarily public telecommunication infrastructure, such as the internet, to provide remote offices or travelling users access to a central organizational network. VPNs typically require remote users of the network to be authenticated, and often secure data with encryption technologies to prevent disclosure of private information to unauthorized parties.

VPNs may serve any network functionality that is found on any network, such as sharing of data and access to network resources, printers, databases, websites, etc. A VPN user typically experiences the central network in a manner that is identical to being connected directly to the central network. VPN technology via the public Internet has replaced the need to requisition and maintain expensive dedicated leased-line telecommunication circuits once typical in wide-area network installations.