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Case Study: La Poste

French Postal Service redesigns IT with Cisco

The French government awarded Groupe La Poste, the French Postal Service, with an award in 2017 for reinventing their business after experiencing a severe decline in mail volume. A key part of La Poste’s turnaround happened when they migrated to Cisco’s Software-Defined Networking solution, Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI).



  • La Poste saw a dramatic drop in mail volume, which impacted their business model
  • Needed to transform a hierarchical organization into a horizontal, agile matrix
  • Needed to align with new work models geared to modern, digital companies


  • Centralized and automated management across two data centers
  • Each data center has its own network fabric and Red Hat OpenShift PaaS
  • Boosted performance and flexibility
  • Improved application resilience and availability

What they’re saying

An application centric architecture is the only choice to allow the network to be accessible to anyone.

Bruno Mercier, Project Director of Datacenter Infrastructure and Cloud, La Poste

Who is La Poste?

Industry: Government
Location: Saint Quentin en Yvelines, France
Size: 17,000 sites, 72,000 postal carriers
Website: laposte.fr