• Latest “cloud‑optimised” tech to be adopted across explosives specialist’s global footprint.
  • BT works longstanding Cisco ties for SD‑WAN contract win.
  • Deal also involves deployment of network monitoring and cybersecurity services.

BT supporting Orica's cloud-native push

BT supports Orica’s cloud-native push

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BT Global announced that it had secured a contract to provide managed network services to commercial explosives and blasting systems provider Orica, building on an existing five-year relationship. 

BT said the service will be underpinned by Cisco Systems’ Viptela software‑defined wide area network (SD‑WAN) technology, which, in turn, forms part of the BT Connect portfolio. Its deployment was highlighted as a key step in Orica’s digital transformation and broader efficiency efforts.

The deal, which involves the migration of Orica’s applications and services to the cloud, will provide “secure and flexible” internet and data connectivity for around 13,000 employees across Orica’s network of more than 100 sites.

Also part of the package is a network analytics dashboard which enables, among other things, the intelligent management of traffic flows and “end‑to‑end experience monitoring”. BT will provide network security services through the integration and management of Cisco‑supplied firewalls and the provision of an “enhanced” remote ‑access solution for mobile workers.

Angus Melbourne, Orica’s Chief Technology Officer, framed the deal as an expansion of an existing relationship around network services stretching back “five years”. Melbourne also pointed to BT’s expansive footprint as a basis for its decision to renew ties.

Joris van Oers, Managing Director, Resources, Manufacturing and Logistics & Europe at BT Global, said the contract award marks the fruit of its “global partnership” with Cisco; a significant part of which is the weight the latter has thrown behind the operator’s SD‑WAN‑based Dynamic Network Services drive in recent years (BTwatch, #290, #306, and #322). Cisco’s engagement with the Group also extends to BT Enterprise, with which it also offers SD‑WAN solutions to corporate customers (BTwatch, #310-#311).