Tata Communications said that it has won a multi-year contract with the KION Group to provide global WAN services to the group’s 280 sites and 22,000 employees across 30 countries worldwide.
The USD $20 million deal will see Tata Communications replace the KIONGroup’s existing stable of multiple WAN providers with a single, global, intelligent network,” the company informed to BSE.
The KION Group’s IT department will benefit from lower management costs, greater control of the end user experience and the ability to respond rapidly and visibly to the changing needs of the business. The new global network will form an important pillar of the KION Group’s Strategy 2020 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 KION Group, focusing also on profitability, resilience and capital efficiency,” according to the company.
“Taking advantage of customised software and networking technologies, the KION Group’s new network will be application aware. This 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. Tata Communications’ Application Aware Networking approach enables IT departments to examine not just the performance of applications being used on the network, but how effectively they are being delivered to users on a person-by-person basis,” the company said in a statement.
This means that instead of monitoring network-centric issues such as jitter and up-time, CIOs can understand which applications are creating the most strain on the network, increasing the quality of service delivered to end-users.