Press release

Tata Communications and Cisco Redefine Enterprise Networking in the Multi-Cloud World with New Managed SD-WAN Solution

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The leading global digital infrastructure provider Tata
and Cisco
have extended their partnership to enable enterprises to transform their
legacy network to a customised and secure multi-cloud native hybrid
network. The combination of Tata Communications’ IZO™ cloud enablement
platform and Cisco SD-WAN is a fully-managed, global solution that gives
businesses greater control over their digital infrastructure, the
ability to securely connect any user to any application location, and
provide the assurance of application performance needed to support
successful digital transformation.

The new offering brings together the expertise of two Gartner Magic
Quadrant Leaders. Tata Communications has been positioned in the Gartner
Magic Quadrant for Network Services, Global1. Cisco has been
positioned in the Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure2.

Tata Communications’ cloud and hybrid networking capabilities are
underpinned by the company’s global tier-1 Internet backbone and
partnerships with major cloud providers, including Amazon, Microsoft,
Google and Alibaba. This means that through IZO™
powered by Cisco, enterprises are now able to offer their
employees a secure and reliable user experience for and with cloud-based
applications and on premise applications seamlessly in more than 150
countries worldwide.

Cisco’s SD-WAN solution plays a pivotal role in the Cisco Digital
Network Architecture (DNA) for enterprises transitioning to become
digital natives and in multi-cloud adoption. With Cisco’s DNA,
enterprises are able to centrally secure user, device and application
policies across wired, wireless and wide area network. Cisco’s DNA is
the central keystone in assisting organisations with securely managing
multi-cloud and multi-domain environments, making it easier for
enterprises to accelerate their digital transformation journey.

We want our customers to be able to harness the power of the
Internet and the cloud to transform how they operate, but without
jeopardising security or performance,”
said Song Toh, Vice
President, Global Network Services, Tata Communications
. “With
our new SDWAN solution powered by Cisco, we offer a fully managed hybrid
network service that’s fit for your digital business. It’s a resilient
cloud-ready network-as-a-service which can grow and scale as needed,
while ensuring predictable and secure access to data and applications.
It’s designed to give businesses agility and reduce the complexity of
network transformation.”

Tata Communications has several years of experience in deploying
large-scale enterprise SD-WAN solutions across thousands locations. This
– combined with its global presence and its ability to design, migrate
and manage SD-WANs round-the-clock – lowers the barriers for enterprises
to move from a legacy infrastructure to a hybrid software-defined

“We are excited to partner with Tata Communications on our Cisco
SD-WAN platform, which is a critical building block of our multi-cloud,
multi-domain architecture,”
said Vish Iyer, Vice President,
Architectures APJC, Cisco.
“Cisco SD-WAN is the point of
intelligence in application-aware networking for multi-cloud adopted
businesses. It can direct each application to the most appropriate
transport to use in real-time and that application is free to reside in
any cloud or on-premise location. This cloud-native architecture allows
organisations to seamlessly transition and adopt cloud-hosted and
assisted infrastructure to ultimately allow businesses to accelerate
their transformation and innovation agenda.”

This new joint SDWAN offering builds on Tata Communications’
long-standing partnership with Cisco. The company is a globally
certified Master
Service Provider in Cisco’s Cloud & Managed Services Program
This means that Tata Communications integrates its own network, cloud,
hosting, security and voice services as part of Cisco’s solutions and
serves customers globally with this integrated, fully-managed offering
to address their diverse business and technology needs.

“Enterprises want SD-WAN’s many practical features to have a
predictable and secure cloud applications experience, but they often run
into unexpected challenges,”
said Brian Washburn, Practice
Leader, Network Transformation & Cloud, Ovum
. “Ovum
recommends enterprises partner with an expert service provider to help
with their network transformation. Tata Communications IZO™ SDWAN with
Cisco now offers enterprises a fully integrated, managed SD WAN solution
to help with the transition.”

Tata Communications’ software-defined networking experience includes the
deployment and management of networks for customers across 3,000+ sites
globally. One of the company’s customers is Carlsberg.
As the growing use of cloud-based applications has led to 70% of
Carlsberg’s network traffic being on the Internet, the software-defined
hybrid IZO™ network by Tata Communications has given the brewer 10 times
more bandwidth, reduced costs by 25%, and halved the occurrence of
network incidents.


About Tata Communications

Tata Communications is a leading global digital infrastructure provider
that powers today’s fast-growing digital economy.

The company’s customers represent 300 of the Fortune 500 whose digital
transformation journeys are enabled by its portfolio of integrated,
globally managed services that deliver local customer experiences.
Through its network, cloud, mobility, Internet of Things (IoT),
collaboration and security services, Tata Communications carries around
30% of the world’s internet routes and connects businesses to 60% of the
world’s cloud giants and 4 out of 5 mobile subscribers.

The company’s capabilities are underpinned by its global network, which
is the world’s largest wholly owned subsea fibre backbone and a Tier-1
IP network.

Tata Communications Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and
the National Stock Exchange of India, and it serves customers in more
than 200 countries and territories worldwide through its technology
capabilities and partnerships.

Forward-looking and cautionary statements
Certain words and
statements in this release concerning Tata Communications and its
prospects, and other statements, including those relating to Tata
Communications’ expected financial position, business strategy, the
future development of Tata Communications’ operations, and the general
economy in India, are forward-looking statements. Such statements
involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors,
including financial, regulatory and environmental, as well as those
relating to industry growth and trend projections, which may cause
actual results, performance or achievements of Tata Communications, or
industry results, to differ materially from those expressed or implied
by such forward-looking statements. The important factors that could
cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially
from such forward-looking statements include, among others, failure to
increase the volume of traffic on Tata Communications’ network; failure
to develop new products and services that meet customer demands and
generate acceptable margins; failure to successfully complete commercial
testing of new technology and information systems to support new
products and services, including voice transmission services; failure to
stabilize or reduce the rate of price compression on certain of the
company’s communications services; failure to integrate strategic
acquisitions and changes in government policies or regulations of India
and, in particular, changes relating to the administration of Tata
Communications’ industry; and, in general, the economic, business and
credit conditions in India. Additional factors that could cause actual
results, performance or achievements to differ materially from such
forward-looking statements, many of which are not in Tata
Communications’ control, include, but are not limited to, those risk
factors discussed in Tata Communications Limited’s Annual Reports. The
Annual Reports of Tata Communications Limited are available at
Tata Communications is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims
any obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements.

1 Gartner, Inc. “Magic Quadrant for Network Services, Global”
by Neil Rickard, Bjarne Munch, Danellie Young, February 25th,
2019 (Tata Communication positioned as a Leader)

2 “Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure” by Joe
Skorupa, Andrew Lerner, Christian Canales, Mike Toussaint, October 18th,
2018 (Cisco positioned as a Leader) Gartner disclaimer: Gartner does not
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