Global chemical firm Solvay slashes telecoms costs by 30% using APM

Global chemical company Solvay says it has reduced its telecoms costs by 30 percent by dynamically controlling application performance over its hybrid network.

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Global chemical company Solvay says it has reduced its telecoms costs by 30 percent by dynamically controlling application performance over its hybrid network.

Headquartered in Belgium, with 30,000 employees in 55 countries, Solvay has cut its telecoms costs with the help of BT Connect Optimization, a BT managed application performance management service based on Ipanema Technologies’ solutions.

The company's IT department was tasked with optimising the quality of service (QoS) delivered for business applications while reducing telecoms costs.

To reach this goal Solvay says it used both its MPLS network and internet resources as a "single unified network" to increase the QoS delivered to end-users.

It increasingly used the internet as a business network while keeping the MPLS (multi-protocol label switching) network for bandwidth hungry applications, such as SAP, VoIP and video.

It also moved business applications - including Gmail, Google Apps and SalesForce.com - to the cloud, with confidence that performance would not be affected

In addition, it moved its telepresence dedicated network into a new multimedia network.

Using the visibility aspect of Ipanema’s technology, the IT department identified that only 30 percent of Solvay's bandwidth was being used by critical business applications running over the private network. The remaining business and non-critical applications were running over the internet.

This increasing use of the internet offered Solvay the opportunity to maximise its IT flexibility and avoid expensive MPLS capacity increases, by moving applications such as Gmail, Google apps and SalesForce.com into the cloud. This meant they could reserve the MPLS network resources for critical business applications such as SAP, VoIP and video.

Vincent Best, Solvay global WAN manager, said: "We looked at several solutions including WAN optimisation and classes of service. We opted for BT Connect Optimization because it could give us full control of our application performance over the global network, protecting applications according to their business criticality and dynamically using all resources of the hybrid network to maximise business continuity."

He said: "Thanks to BT Connect Optimization we can now easily adapt to changes in network traffic that might occur due to our IT transformations. From 2011 to 2013, our comparable telecom costs have been reduced by 30 percent.”

 
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