Hospitality company Mitchells & Butlers is offering customers free Wi-Fi as part of its roll-out of private cloud...
Mitchells & Butlers recently set up a managed network connecting to a private cloud in a move to transfer 1,600 outlets to cloud-based infrastructure.
The company has signed a three-year deal with O2 to host its Wi-Fi networks.
Guests at Harvester, Toby Carvery, Vintage Inns, Nicholson’s, Browns, All Bar One and O’Neill’s will have access to free Wi-Fi regardless of their broadband provider. The hotspots will be introduced to 199 Harvester restaurants initially but will be available at every Mitchells & Butlers’ restaurant and pub by October.
Robin Young, Operations Director at Mitchells & Butlers, said: "Our three-year technology journey is reaching that exciting stage where, following the deployment of a new flexible cloud-based infrastructure with our partner Fujitsu, we can start to deploy some really guest-focused services.
The three-year technology upgrade will replace 20-year-old legacy systems. In the past, the network was only used for taking and processing payments. But now Mitchells & Butlers can put its front- and back-end business applications on the new cloud infrastructure. The company previously used a network hosted by IBM.
The network now provides the bandwidth to allow it to connect to multiple applications in the cloud.