NTT Communications ICT Solutions (NTT ICT) has rolled out its recently launched software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) service for fashion and homewares boutique, Blue Illusion.
Blue Illusion adopted SD-WAN to deploy Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) across its 127 stores globally, including Australia, for greater communication through higher speeds and network redundancy.
NTT ICT’s SD-WAN service aims to underpin a digital transformation agenda, giving businesses better performance, enhanced security with more choice, flexibility and greater control over their network infrastructure.
Blue Illusion IT manager, Sud Patel, said the company was initially looking at a more traditional Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) with 4G backup, but NTT ICT proposed an SD-WAN solution over DSL which piqued its interest
“After doing our own research, we found strong precedent for such solutions in other retail markets: GAP, for example, had already deployed over 1,500 sites using SD-WAN. We were quite happy to be the first to pilot this sort of SD-WAN solution in Australia with NTT ICT by our side,” Patel said.
Following the deployment, Patel said the solution has helped the company future-proof the business with greater flexibility, both from the SD-WAN technology and NTT ICT’s service itself.
“Our core ERP, for example, runs on a platform that most vendors don’t provide the environment to spin up on. NTT ICT was flexible enough to offer that environment and connect it to the broader SD-WAN configuration. They’ve brought full transparency with processes to everything they touch,” Patel added.
NTT ICT chief operating officer, Tarquin Bellinger, mentioned that the deployment has enabled Blue Illusion to have the network capacity and agility to act on customer opportunities faster than its competitors and helps its digital transformation agenda.
“We are happy to see how Blue Illusion has been developing through the implementation process. We expect to see more customers accessing our SD-WAN solution to free the network as part of their digital transformation journey,” Bellinger said.
He added that SD-WAN has a “bright future” in the telecommunications world.
“We are increasingly seeing enterprises networks struggling to cope with the growth of cloud data on their networks, increasing security threats and spiralling costs. As a cloud and network provider, we are responsible for addressing these challenges, which is why we believe SD-WAN is so crucial to the future of networking for Australian organisations.”
SD-WAN has also been on the radar for other companies. Most recently, Telstra established a partnership with US SD-WAN company, VeloCloud Networks, with the telco’s VC arm, Telstra Ventures, participating in its latest funding round.