Orange builds SD-WAN to support Siemens IoT and cloud plans

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Orange’s enterprise division is set to build a new virtualised network for manufacturer Siemens as the latter embraces the likes of the IoT.

The six-year contract, worth €240 million, will see Orange Business Services migrating Siemens’ global infrastructure to a single SD-WAN network.

Called the Siemens Digitalisation Network, it will support 1,500 sites across 94 countries, connecting IoT devices and cloud applications.

Orange Business Services said the initiative would reduce complexity and strengthen application performance and agility.

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Helmut Reisinger, Executive Vice President, International, Orange Business Services, said: “As a company with its pioneering role in innovation and technologies, Siemens set the highest benchmarks for this project.

“Combining an innovative solution approach with specialisation in providing robust seamless global network services, Orange Business Services has the end-to-end integration expertise to efficiently implement and manage projects of this scale, including all areas in fast-growing emerging markets and critical cyber defence components.”

Frederik Janssen, Head of Siemens IT Infrastructure Portfolio and Strategy, said: “As a globally operating company with subsidiaries and divisions all over the world, we need a reliable and flexible communication network that is a critical business enabler and can evolve with our growing business.”

Janssen cited Orange’s ability to deliver a “seamless” worldwide network, its security capabilities and the level of service it had provided under existing agreements between the two companies.