The wide area network as a strategic component of digitalization
Siemens AG is one of the world's leading technology groups. The company's business activities date back to 1847: The electric tram or railway, the telegraph and the dynamo are all milestones in the history of technology made by Siemens.
Today, the company offers much more than just products and solutions for power generation, power transmission and infrastructure. Siemens AG is one of the market leaders in automation technology, drive technology and software solutions for industry. Solutions and products from Siemens are also indispensable in medical diagnostics. Innovation is one of the key drivers of growth for the technology group. In the 21st century, its focus is on electrification, automation and digitalization.
When it comes to innovations, competition is intensifying. New competitors and new opportunities created by digitalization create a volatile and dynamic market environment. Siemens has recognized this trend and is turning to digitalization to increase its competitiveness and innovativeness. Business agility is its central maxim. The intention is to increasingly provide IT services from the cloud and turn the internet into its new corporate network. For one thing, Siemens expects the new structure to contribute to growth, e.g. through improved lead time (time-to-market); it also sees potential for improved efficiency through automation and reduced management costs.
One essential component for the implementation of this new IT aegis is a solid and modern network that offers advanced management functionalities and higher bandwidths to absorb the additional network traffic. T-Systems is providing the backbone for the Siemens strategy with a software-defined WAN (SD-WAN).
The SD-WAN for Siemens offers the following advantages
The digitalization approach requires additional bandwidths, but also modern network functions such as application performance management. This allows Siemens to use applications very flexibly in all networks and from various sources. This also means that the network can be used much more flexibly and can be expanded with new components (including IoT devices and virtual reality/augmented reality (AR/VR) devices). A self-service console gives Siemens full control of the WAN. At the same time, the SD-WAN provides the company with much greater transparency and raises the level of security. One advantage of the SD-WAN that stands out in particular is the reduction in complexity of WAN management.
Siemens creates headroom and promotes innovative strength
With the SD-WAN, Siemens has created the basis for greater business agility and supports its innovation capability in the long term. At the same time, the T-Systems solution also offers improved security functionalities – an essential criterion, as Siemens views the internet as a new corporate network. With the higher bandwidth, it is not only cloud solutions and technologies that can now be widely used, but also forward-thinking AR/VR technologies. At the same time, the SD-WAN allows Siemens to realize significant cost advantages compared to the previous WAN solution.
As a leading international technology group, Siemens AG is active in the areas of power generation and distribution, intelligent infrastructure for buildings and decentralized energy systems as well as automation and digitalization in the process and manufacturing industries across the globe. With the independently-managed company Siemens Mobility, one of the leading providers of intelligent mobility solutions for rail and road transport, Siemens is also shaping the world market for passenger and freight transport. As a majority shareholder in the listed companies Siemens Healthineers and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Siemens is also one of the world's leading providers of medical technology and digital health services as well as environmentally-friendly solutions for onshore and offshore wind power generation. In the 2018 fiscal year, Siemens generated revenue of 83 billion euros and net income of 6.1 billion euros. At the end of September 2018, the company had around 379,000 employees worldwide.
Implementation of the corporate strategy
High-performance networks as a component of digital transformation
Optimization of corporate agility for further business growth
Efficient IT deployment (increasingly from the cloud) for cost optimization and sustained innovation speed
Software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN)
Modern management functionalities such as application performance management (APM) and application-aware networking
Secure integration of various endpoints
Secure and reliable basis for innovation and business development
Increased business agility
Reduction of network complexity
Cost reduction while simultaneously increasing the available bandwidth
Software-defined networking reaches the Wide Area Network. With SD-WAN, companies adapt their network quickly and flexibly. The perfect complement to existing MPLS VPNs or as a replacement for Internet VPNs.