High speed network lays foundation for data centre consolidation and increased video.
Engineering support company Babcock International has signed a three year contract with telecoms operator Cable & Wireless to connect 250 sites worldwide with a high speed network as it looks for efficiency savings following its expansion.
Babcock specialises in providing engineering expertise, and project and infrastructure management services to the defence, nuclear energy, telecommunications, transport and education sectors. It brought out defence services firm VT for an estimated £1.3bn in July 2010, and the commercial arm of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority for £50m in September 2009.
Babcock will cease to rely on separate network service provision deals in multiple countries and use C&W as a single international telecoms supplier. The value of the deal and anticipated cost savings were not disclosed.
C&W will upgrade and consolidate many of the older local area networks (LANs) at 250 sites worldwide that have recently come under Babcock’s ownership, integrating them into a single wide area network (WAN) that interconnects all locations.
The WAN is just one element in a sweeping IT infrastructure overhaul which Babcock hopes will result in lower equipment, power and travel costs for the expanded company. The new network will lay the basis for a planned consolidation of multiple data centres, for example, and increased use of video conferencing by employees.
Babcock has a 15 year contract with the UK MoD until 2025: the C&W network will feature a managed encryption service that meets the UK government’s IL3 accreditation requirements for data security.
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