India-based Tata Communications signed last week (Feb 6) a multi-year contract worth US$20 million with KION Group, a manufacturer of forklift trucks and warehouse technology.
Under this partnership, Tata Communications will provide global WAN services to the Group's 280 sites and 22,000 employees across 30 countries worldwide.
Specifically, Tata Communications will replace KION Group's existing multiple WAN providers with a single, global, intelligent network. The network will allow KION Group to handle data more intelligently and with greater visibility than ever before. For the end user, this will mean faster application delivery to any device, anywhere, at any time.
"The number of users, offices and devices within the KION Group meant that we wouldn't be able to achieve the agility and adaptability that is demanded by our Strategy 2020 with different regional IP networks around the world," said Dr Walter Grűner, Chief Information Officer, KION Group.
"A single global provider would enable us to simplify our network management, but the advanced services that Tata Communications provides are going a step further in allowing us to take complete control of the traffic on our network. We can now take a truly user-focused approach to our services," he added.
The network will run on Tata Communications' wholly-owned global dedicated backbone and utilise its cloud-based security solution that will allow KION Group to have direct access to Internet-based applications, improving both user experience and cost effectiveness.
KION Group said that this new network will form an important pillar of KION Group's 2020 strategy plan to create economies of scale across the entire group with its six global and regional brands. The strategy is designed to grow the €4.5 billion company, focusing also on profitability, resilience and capital efficiency.
"The KION Group's global Wide Area Network will be a truly next generation network model," said Hans Göttlinger, Country Head Germany, Tata Communications, adding that it can react to different data and applications in real-time, ensuring better experience at the lowest cost.
The implementation will allow an understanding of the types of data flowing across the WAN, and provide new levels of understanding to the IT department for faster, more responsive applications.
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