Rexel: Security & Connectivity on the Road to Cloudification

Developing innovative and sustainable solutions to respond to customer needs, security and connectivity are central to Rexel’s hybrid cloud journey

With a mission to offer customers worldwide innovative and sustainable solutions to improve the comfort, security and energy performance of installations, infrastructure and buildings, Rexel has been a major player in the professional electrical supplies distribution market in France and worldwide for more than 50 years.

In an energy world undergoing transition, Rexel develops innovative, sustainable and custom solutions to respond to all its customers' needs, every day. The company is a worldwide expert in the professional multichannel distribution of products and services for the energy world, with a revenue of €19.2bn (US$20.7bn) revenue in 2023.

One of the main challenges Rexel faces today is staying ahead of rapidly evolving cybersecurity threats. “New threats and techniques emerge every day, so we need to continually conduct research and raise awareness on this topic,” says Pierre-Emmanuel Leriche, Group Chief Information Security Officer. Additionally, as he highlights, instilling a consistent cybersecurity culture across Rexel's multi-local business model is an ongoing priority.

As a global company, Rexel operates across over 19 countries, necessitating a constant embrace of change. The centralisation of IT has enabled better security controls and economies of scale.

With Rexel continuing to grow and acquiring other businesses, its CTO Jye Sutton highlights some of the challenges to deal with when dealing with legacy IT. “There's a lot of legacy IT when we acquire businesses that need uplifting to operate in the modern world. That's where we start talking about hybrid networking elements - how we do all of this securely, maintaining legacy while innovating to meet the business's digital requirement.”


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