Solvay reduces costs with a hybrid network from BT and InfoVista

BT Connect Optimization, based on Ipanema, chosen for dynamic and simple application performance assurance over the global network

3rd March 2014 – Paris, FranceSolvay, a global chemical company headquartered in Belgium with employees in 55 countries around the world, has been able, after a global WAN RFP in 2011, to reduce its telecom costs by 30% by dynamically controlling application performance over a hybrid network thanks to BT Connect Optimization, a BT managed service based on Ipanema, InfoVista’s Application Performance Guarantee solution.

Following the sale of Solvay’s pharmaceutical division in 2009, employees and sites were reduced by 30%. In 2011 however, Solvay acquired Rhodia, which resulted in their employee base doubling from 15,000 to 30,000. The IT department was subsequently tasked with optimizing the Quality of Service (QoS) delivered for business applications while reducing telecom costs by 30%. They reached this goal by:

  • Using both the MPLS network and Internet resources as a single unified network to increase the Quality of Service delivered to end-users;
  • Moving business applications including Gmail, Google apps and SalesForce.com to the cloud with confidence that performance would not be affected;
  • Moving the telepresence dedicated network into a new multimedia network with confidence that performance would not be affected;
  • Increasingly using the Internet as a business network while keeping the MPLS network for bandwidth hungry applications such as SAP, VoIP and video only.

The IT department had to reduce costs while combining Solvay and Rhodia’s networks, and supporting more sites, applications and users with the same network resource. Using the Ipanema’s visibility capabilities, they identified that only 30% of their current 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 maximize its IT flexibility and avoid MPLS capacity increases by moving to applications such as Gmail, Google apps and SalesForce.com in the cloud. This meant they could reserve the MPLS network resource for critical business applications such as SAP, VoIP and Video.

“We looked at several solutions including WAN Optimization and Classes of Service. Ultimately, we opted for BT Connect Optimization based on Ipanema 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 maximize business continuity” said Vincent Best, Global WAN Manager at Solvay. “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%”.

Keith Langridge, Vice-President, Network Services at BT Global Services, commented: “We’re pleased to have been able to help Solvay reduce costs whilst improving productivity. New services that can help improve efficiency and speed up decision making, such as unified communications and video, are bandwidth hungry and so need a dynamic solution to secure optimal performance. The high level of control delivered by Ipanema is much appreciated by forward-thinking, cost conscious IT departments and we’re proud to be able to offer the technology as part of our managed service.”

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About Solvay

As an international chemical group, SOLVAY assists industries in finding and implementing ever more responsible and value-creating solutions. The Group is firmly committed to sustainable development and focused on innovation and operational excellence. Solvay serves diversified markets, generating 90% of its turnover in activities where it is one of the top three worldwide. The group is headquartered in Brussels, employs about 29,000 people in 55 countries and generated 12.4 billion euros in net sales in 2012.Solvay SA is listed as SOLB.BE on NYSE Euronext in Brussels and Paris (Bloomberg: SOLB:BB - Reuters: SOLB.BR).


About BT

BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Retail, BT Wholesale and Openreach. For the year ended 31 March 2013, BT Group’s reported revenue was £18,103m with reported profit before taxation of £2,315m. British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York. For more information, visit www.btplc.com

About InfoVista: 

InfoVista is the leading provider of network performance orchestration solutions that enable efficient network and IT transformations in today's fast-paced digital world.  Our award-winning solutions empower communications service providers and large enterprises to ensure a high-quality user experience by guaranteeing business-critical application performance and achieving optimal network performance. InfoVista’s expertise and innovations provide more than 1,500 global customers with a new level of actionable application and network intelligence, visibility and control across all services, all technologies, and all domains of both the fixed and mobile networks. Using our solutions, they deliver high-performing and differentiated services, plan and optimize networks to match application and service demands, and streamline network operations while keeping total cost of ownership as low as possible. For more information, please visit www.infovista.com. 

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