Tata Communications has deployed next-generation software-defined hybrid network for Carlsberg to support the digital transformation of the global brewer’s operations in 130 sites across Western Europe.
The new infrastructure is a key part of Carlsberg’s Next 2.0 programme, which harnesses the power of the Internet and cloud computing to boost agility, increase efficiencies and reduce costs.
The brewer is digitising its supply chain and exploring new AI-enabled direct-to-consumer services such as its ‘connected bar’ concept. The new network, which has replaced a legacy MPLS network, will act as a resilient, flexible foundation for these innovative initiatives.
The hybrid network is a combination of Tata Communications’ IZO Internet WAN and Global Virtual Private Network, with an IZO SDWAN overlay.
Sarah Haywood, CTO, Carlsberg said, “We are using the Internet to change the foundations of Carlsberg. This doesn’t mean putting a digital veneer on our old infrastructure – it means reimagining our entire IT estate with this next-generation network as the foundation.”
Tata Communications deployed the new network in just 5 months – a year less than the industry standard – and did this during the FIFA World Cup, which is one the busiest times of the year for Carlsberg. Given the critical role of the new network for the brewer’s operations, avoiding any disruption to the business during the deployment was crucial.
“As your employees, customers, partners and suppliers want to access data and applications in the cloud, a software-defined Internet-based network is the only way forward,” said Mark Weait, Head of Europe, Tata Communications.
“While there’s a lot of hype around SDWAN, it’s important to note that you can’t build it on top of a network that’s not fit for purpose. You need a rock-solid foundation for SDWAN, combining the scalability and cost-effectiveness of the public Internet with the resilience and reliability of a private network. Without these foundations, SDWAN can’t do what it’s meant to do,” added Weait.