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Rail firm Alstom picks BT to supply network and Microsoft cloud service

Alstom Transport will deploy an end-to-end network service from the BT Connect portfolio across 300 sites around the world

French transport systems and solutions supplier Alstom Transport has chosen BT to supply an end-to-end network service to consolidate and optimise its global network infrastructure, and support its operations at 300 sites in 59 countries.

With 2013 sales of around €5.5bn, Alstom Transport – which builds the Eurostar and Pendolino rolling stock in use on the UK national network – will deploy a number of services from the BT Connect portfolio.

These services include wide and local area networks, internet access, integration and maintenance services, all of which will be managed and supported out of BT’s network operating centre (Noc) in Paris.

Alstom Transport had previously announced an objective to create a single globally managed network to underpin its wider ICT infrastructure and services.

“We have great ambitions for developing our business internationally and we know that our ICT infrastructure is a key element for our future success,” said Alstom Transport CIO Christine Heckmann.

“We need to innovate and implement high-performance services for our customers, employees and partners and have now found a global partner with the vision, capabilities and creativity required to deliver that.”

BT's president of Europe and global telecom markets, Corrado Sciolla, added: “We understand how critical it is for companies like Alstom Transport to combine a robust global technology infrastructure with strong local capabilities to serve customers wherever they may be.”

“Alstom Transport’s global network is set to become the foundation for highly productive collaboration between employees all over the world and the key to easily access all the business applications and services that support their growth ambitions.”

Alstom will also be taking BT’s newly available Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute service via BT’s Cloud of Clouds proposition. Launched earlier in 2015, the Cloud of Clouds marked BT’s entry into the cloud integrator market, offering businesses a number of off-premise products from the likes of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Cisco, Equinix, Interxion and Salesforce, in addition to Microsoft.

The Cloud of Clouds is run by BT as a full managed service under a single service-level agreement. It aims to allow enterprises to access cloud apps and services regardless of where they are hosted, while enabling them to integrate those services into their existing private cloud deployments.

In Alstom Transport’s case, the service will enable the company's users to gain access to Microsoft applications via direct connections into the Office 365 productivity suite.

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