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Tuesday 06 November 2018

Tata toasts Carlsberg SD-WAN deployment

Tata toasts Carlsberg SD-WAN deploymentThe roll out of a pan-European network for Carlsberg is a major fillip for Tata Communications’ global business, and will serve as a flagship illustration of the India-headquartered company’s hybrid network and software defined wide area network (SD-WAN) capabilities.

The deal involved the Danish brewer connecting over 130 sites across Western Europe in five months, based on a mix of Tata’s IZO internet WAN and global virtual privet network (VPN) services, topped by the IZO SD-WAN virtualised overlay.

Telcos, network service providers and telecommunications equipment manufacturers have rushed to bring SD-WAN solutions to market over the last couple of years (subscribers to SecureConnectViews can read our report SD-WAN builds new service models for network providers here).

And the promise of lower cost, more flexible WAN connectivity for distributed enterprises linking multiple sites to the Internet and cloud-hosted applications and services has already proved attractive to some large European multinationals (see GTT unwraps Europac SD-WAN deal and OBS wins €240m SD-WAN contract with Siemens). Carlsberg has seen a 10x increase in bandwidth combined with a 25% reduction in cost following its own implementaion for example, though the value of the Tata contract was not disclosed.

The big, ongoing challenge for providers like Tata Communications (as well as BT, CenturyLink, NTT Europe, Telstra, Verizon Enterprise Solutions, Virgin Media Business and others) is how well they can transition to the new world of software defined networking while managing the inevitable cannibalisation of their traditional MPLS and leased line connectivity business.

The Carlsberg deal indicates Tata Communications can successfully build the hybrid networks required, and we wait to see if it can harness the lessons it has learned to win similar contracts in the future.

Posted by Martin Courtney at '09:31' - Tagged: network+services   TataCommunications   SD-WAN   Carlsberg  

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