Siemens partners Orange to deploy global SD-WAN network

18 April 2018 | Natalie Bannerman


Siemens has extended its contract with Orange Business Services to launch its global Siemens Digitalisation Network (SDN), built on SD-WAN infrastructure.

The new offering will connect 1,500 sites in 94 countries and will increase the performance of its communications infrastructure enabling Siemens to improve its business processes

“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,” said Frederik Janssen, head of Siemens IT infrastructure portfolio and strategy. “We chose Orange Business Services because we see it as a prime partner with the ability to deliver seamless worldwide SD-WAN coverage with the highest degree of security standards – especially to protect against threats from the Internet, quality of service, local support and an attractive price-performance ratio. We were also impressed by the flexibility and the service level Orange Business Services has been providing as a trusted partner to Siemens over the past several years.”

Under the terms of the newly extended six year contract, worth approximately €240 million, Orange Business services will migrate Siemens entire global infrastructure to a SD-WAN network which will connect cloud applications and IoT devices. Combining network design and maintenance into one single provider will simplify operations and enhance performance and agility.

“We are pleased to have been chosen by Siemens to provide its future SDN network and manage its critical global communications infrastructure across all continents,” said Helmut Reisinger, international executive vice president of Orange Business Services. “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-defense components.

The new network has been driven by demands on Siemans WAN because of the increasing number of virtual teams and teleworkers collaborating on global projects, a need that Orange Business Services can meet using a combination of SD-WAN technologies with cloud and web-based services and solutions.

“Orange Business Services has once again been positioned as a leader in the Gartner 2018 Magic Quadrant for network services. We believe that our Leaders position validates our ability to steer the future of global network services and deploy our strategy towards the promise of intent-based networking,” added Reisinger.