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Nikko Chemicals' Secure Cloud Migration with Data-Driven Approach

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 Nikko Chemicals' Secure Cloud Migration with Data-Driven Approach - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS) - Application Development Platforms
  • Sensors - Chemical Sensors
Applicable Industries
  • Chemicals
  • Pharmaceuticals
Applicable Functions
  • Maintenance
Use Cases
  • Supply Chain Visibility
  • Tamper Detection
  • Cloud Planning, Design & Implementation Services
  • System Integration
The Challenge
Nikko Chemicals, a specialty chemicals manufacturer in Japan, was facing several challenges in its cloud operations. The company was struggling with the time-consuming integration of logs from disparate sources, which resulted in restricted operational visibility. There were also security concerns related to cloud migration and the management of Software as a Service (SaaS) applications. Additionally, the company had limited manpower and resources for managing its cloud infrastructure. These challenges were hindering the company's business continuity strategy, which aimed to run a secure, scalable, hassle-free, and fully visible cloud operation.
The Customer

Nikko Chemicals

About The Customer
Nikko Chemicals is a specialty chemicals manufacturer based in Japan. The company produces ingredients for cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, food, and sustainable products. As a responsible corporate citizen, Nikko Chemicals works to balance both environmental and economic considerations. The company is committed to running a secure, scalable, hassle-free, and fully visible cloud operation as part of its business continuity strategy. In response to the Great East Japan Earthquake and the subsequent tsunamis in 2011, Nikko Chemicals initiated a cloud migration initiative for better business continuity planning.
The Solution
To overcome these challenges, Nikko Chemicals deployed Splunk®, a software platform that provides real-time operational intelligence. The company replaced its on-premises infrastructures with SaaS applications running on Amazon Web Services (AWS) to minimize damage and speed recovery during disasters. The Splunk platform improved operational visibility across the organization and enabled a small team at Nikko Chemicals to manage multiple SaaS applications through a user-friendly and highly visualized interface. With Splunk, Nikko Chemicals could easily collect security-related logs from a wide range of applications to unify visibility across all its SaaS deployments. Log monitoring was now on a 24/7 basis, and log analysis was done through an external security operations center (SOC) service. This allowed Nikko Chemicals to automatically detect unanticipated outliers and respond to events in real time.
Operational Impact
  • The deployment of Splunk Cloud has brought about significant operational improvements for Nikko Chemicals. The company now enjoys streamlined log management with full visibility over the entire cloud environment. The centralized SOC monitoring and proactive threat detection have heightened security. The operations have been simplified, allowing a small team to manage the company's environment with ease, confidence, and efficiency. The company has also been able to integrate logs to a unified platform while centralizing SOC monitoring to a single node. This has minimized costs and enabled correlation analysis of SaaS applications, bolstering security and using data to inform more decisions across the business. The company has also established a standard to only use applications that are compatible with Splunk Cloud, further enhancing its operational efficiency.
Quantitative Benefit
  • Automated cloud operations with a holistic view across multiple SaaS applications
  • Maximized business security through centralized and proactive threat protection
  • Boosted efficiency with simplified operations and painless system maintenance

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