Fujitsu UK has awarded a multimillion pound contract to UK-based network and security systems specialist ITC Global Security to provide local and wide area network transit technology and WAN optimisation in 48 sites worldwide for a Fujitsu client.
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The project will replace and standardise the client's legacy technology and is the first phase of its global technology refresh programme, which will span 284 sites in more than 90 countries.
ITC will supply and install a Cisco-based switching solution, incorporating enterprise products right-sized for each site. Each will conform to a common architecture and integrate with existing network equipment.
This approach will cut connectivity costs significantly and increase network performance, manageability and flexibility, according to ITC's managing director, Tom Millar. The client will also benefit from a simpler network infrastructure that will be more resilient, more scalable and cheaper to run, he added.
ITC will tailor wide area traffic using Citrix WAN optimisation technology across sites with high network latency (more than 120ms). This will improve application response times at users' desktops, speed up file transfers and provide "significantly faster" network-based communications, such as email, he said.
The performance of "non-accelerated" applications, such as IP telephony and other streaming media, should also improve, because the bandwidth previously used for other processes will be dedicated to them, Millar said.
The contract also includes fast data back-up and recovery, international logistics management, consultancy and network design. Other elements include application pre-configuration, installation and integration in all sites.
ITC has put in three lead technical architects alongside Fujitsu staff to cover EMEA, Asia and the Americas, and will use its own system design and engineering teams for on-site installation and implementation.