The Apetito Group

The Apetito Group is one of Europe’s leading suppliers of quality frozen food and catering solutions.

The Challenge

Needed a proxy server to replace their aging ISA 2004 server, as authentication kept failing and the system was becoming increasingly unreliable.

Big results

Downloaded and evaluated Smoothwall Filter, and was pleased to find it easy to install and integrate with the group’s NTLM user authentication system.

What’s the background?

With its head office in Germany and subsidiary companies in the UK, Netherlands, France and Canada, the Apetito Group is one of Europe’s leading suppliers of quality frozen food and catering solutions. The company provides quality food to more than 1.3 million customers worldwide.

IT Infrastructure Engineer, Mark Pugh looks after Apetito’s network in the UK, which covers two separate sites in Wiltshire and connects over 300 users with the company’s main site in Germany.

What was the problem?

According to Mark they needed a proxy server to replace their aging ISA 2004 server, as authentication kept failing and the system was becoming increasingly unreliable.

The recent growth and popularity of social networking also meant it was becoming increasingly important for the group to restrict access to Facebook and other sites that could impact on productivity. With limited time and resources available to him, Mark was keen to find a software-based solution that would be easy to set up, use and maintain. Cost was also another key factor.

Mark looked at several different software solutions but most needed a Windows Server platform, which he knew would require more maintenance.

“Recent growth and popularity of social networking, meant it was becoming increasingly important for the group to restrict access to sites that could impact on productivity.”

How Smoothwall helped

Mark downloaded and evaluated Smoothwall Filter, and was pleased to find it easy to install and integrate with the group’s NTLM user authentication system. Setting up filtering policies to suit apetito’s AUP was a straightforward job, and Mark particularly liked the added benefits of built-in web security.

“I have absolutely no doubt that chose the best solution for Apetito’s needs.”


I have absolutely no doubt that chose the best solution for Apetito’s needs.

Mark Pugh
The Apetito Group

https://smoothwall.com