Orange Business Services cashes in on large SD-WAN deployment with bank

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Orange Business Services lands a large SD-WAN deployment with BNP Paribas. (Pixabay)

Orange Business Services has racked up an SD-WAN deployment with European bank BNP Paribas. France-based Orange Business Solutions is deploying its Cisco/Viptela-based Flexible SD-WAN service to more than 1,800 bank branches across France.

Orange's managed SD-WAN service, along with its professional services team, enables quick deployments of multiple services, such as dynamic routing and path selection, along with providing scalability and flexibility. It also allows administrators to monitor infrastructure performance and resolve potential network congestion through software modifications in order to optimize application performance.

By deploying SD-WAN, BNP Paribas can take advantage of a fully secure hybrid network that is natively multi-cloud, multi-access and multi-application. It will also benefit from optimized and centralized management and intelligent routing for its new infrastructure.

Orange said more than 3,600 access lines—two per branch, including one Internet access line – are currently being rolled out with a focus on maintaining business continuity for each site during the migration. In addition to the SD-WAN overlay, Orange is also installing firewalls for better security as part of the deployment.

"We are delighted to support BNP Paribas in their transformation program and deploy the first large-scale SD-WAN project in the retail banking industry for the French market," said Orange Business Services' Nadine Foulon-Belkacémi, executive vice president for French major clients, in a statement.

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As SD-WAN matures, service providers and vendors are moving toward managed SD-WAN solutions versus the "do it yourself" SD-WAN deployments. Orange Business Services competes with BT, Colt Technology Services, AT&T and Verizon globally.