Woolworths recently made an announcement that it has set up almost 2000 connected devices in each of its retail stores. The whole management system of the company will undergo transformation with its 30,000 access points. The company is now partnering with Cisco to deploy SD-WAN and secure the access control system's operations. Over the next 18 months, the SD-WAN will cover not only 3000 stores of Woolworths but also its data centers, distribution centers, and offices. The benefits of the upgrades are quite evident from the installations made in the data center network. This transformation project was revealed during the Cisco Live conference that was held in mid-June.
Patrick Misciagna, general manager of IT for Woolworths, stated that over a decade ago, there were only 40 connected devices in their retail store, but now they have almost 4000, right now, along with other networked assets excluding the retail, the company has more than 86,000 network devices. In Woolworths, the workloads are expected to be managed more efficiently, and the changes are also expected to take place faster based on the response to the network conditions. The new technology will also significantly improve the network's visibility and performance at various locations.