Case Study

Delivering the perfect formula for scalable infrastructure.

Borealis originally had a LAN infrastructure operated from two data centers that provided connectivity to its 6,500 employees in 12 European offices. Although it offered acceptable performance the network was aging and could not support the growth the business was anticipating.

“We felt the price/performance ratio which Juniper offered was the best value solution to us.”

Gert Lemmens, IT Process Owner, Borealis


As a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefin’s, base chemicals, and fertilizers, Borealis is committed to benefiting society by improving safety performance within the chemical industry, and contributing to solve the world’s water and sanitation challenges.

Business Challenge

Believing that standardization would help reduce operational costs and complexity in the network, Borealis needed a scalable solution with a high level of redundancy and security. The company also wanted to increase service levels to the business and implement wireless connectivity with secure guest access.

Business Solution

Implementation of the new Juniper network was phased. The core network in the data centers moved to it first, followed by a phased replacement of over 1,000 edge devices.

“The ultimate measure of success is the number of complaints we receive from our end users. I’m really pleased to say that we didn’t receive a single complaint throughout the entire migration process,” said Gert Lemmens, Borealis IT Process Owner.

Business Results

The network infrastructure is far more robust and able to cope with future business requirements, and its segregation of office-based and industrial parts of the business has helped to improve security and redundancy.

“Having an unsustainable, difficult-to-manage environment put us at risk of network downtime which could potentially cost millions. Our business-critical systems have to be available at all times, and we feel this infrastructure gives us this, and more,” said Ivo Karremans, Information Security Officer at Borealis.

How we put it together

High-performance carrier-class Ethernet switches for converged enterprise branch offices, campuses, and data centers, and for service provider deployments.

High-performance network security with advanced integrated threat intelligence, delivered on the industry's most scalable and resilient platform.