ALSTOM appoints BT to provide managed global network

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The two have signed a five-year deal to upgrade Alstom’s infrastructure to being cloud based.

Alstom, which provides systems, equipment and services for the mobility sector, has chosen BT to upgrade its global network with the latest cloud-optimised connectivity solutions.

The new network will connect Alstom’s operations at 350 locations in 60 countries, including manufacturing plants, offices, depots and data centres.

Extended to workers from home

BT is contracted to provide agile and secure access to company applications and services used by Alstom’s employees, 24,000 of whom have been working remotely during the pandemic.

Working with BT consultants to align solutions to business needs, Alstom chose a managed network service based on the VMware SD-WAN solution. It will be delivered by BT over its new digital service platform.

The idea is to accelerate Alstom’s move-to-cloud strategy, and improve the its visibility of network traffic so it can optimise end-user experience.

It includes a range of managed or co-managed options giving Alstom the flexibility to take control of individual aspects of change management.

Primary network

Nicolas Vurpillot, network and network security director, Alstom, said: “The move to internet as our primary network is part of our strategic plan: Alstom in Motion. It will provide secure, scalable and reliable access to applications while reducing cost and improving co-management.

“Following a thorough assessment of available SD-WAN technologies, BT demonstrated willingness and capability to innovate, enhance service levels and partner with Alstom to help us achieve our strategic goals.”

Joris van Oers, MD, resources, manufacturing and logistics & Europe, Global, BT, said: “We’ve been connecting Alstom’s global operations since 2015 and are delighted to have been chosen again.

“Alstom will benefit from the very latest VMware SD-WAN service combined with our trusted security, high reliability and a range of management options. It is a great example of how our new generation of managed connectivity services give customers choice and flexibility when planning for their digital future.”