SITA and Orange Business Services Introduce SD-WAN for Airports

SITA and Orange Business Services Introduce SD-WAN for Airports

By Enterprise Networking Mag | Friday, December 04, 2020

SITA and Orange Business have employed a multi-tenant edge SD-WAN platform at more than 60 airports worldwide through SITA’s shared connectivity platform AirportHub.

FREMONT, CA: SITA and Orange Business Services introduce a multi-tenant edge SD-WAN platform at more than 60 airports worldwide through SITA’s shared connectivity platform AirportHub.By leveraging Orange Business Services’ Flexible SD-WAN portfolio, the SITA Connect SDN permits numerous airlines, ground handlers, and other tenants to get easy access to the similar virtualized infrastructure in the cloud, delivering more scalable and agile connectivity. It increases cost efficiencies and supports the airline sector’s determination to migrate applications to the cloud.

Exceptional in its conception, SITA Connect SDN controls the current AirportHub, SITA’s pre-connected connectivity platform that is already installed in almost 600 airports worldwide and available to airlines worldwide. The Sydney International Airport, Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, and Zurich Airport are among the 60 airports that have already been updated to the ultra-fast SD-WAN network, which is currently being rolled out to cover most of the airline destinations.

The solution’s agility and scalability also refer to the unpredictable passenger and aircraft traffic volumes amongst the COVID-19 pandemic in a cost-efficient and more flexible method. With the help of SITA Connect SDN, SITA can offer on-demand bandwidth while improving the costs by using numerous transport technologies in an application-driven network with real-time visibility and control over the network.

The SITA Connect SDN even decreases the expense of running a worldwide network environment by making loyal hardware platforms redundant while improving internet connectivity. The capital expenditure can be reduced by removing the expensive network hardware upgrades with technological innovations largely restricted to software upgrades.

David Lavorel, CEO SITA AT AIRPORTS & BORDERS, said: “SITA Connect SDN is a technological innovation, leveraging state-of-the-art, future proof technology to serve our industry needs. In addition to the cost-optimization and scalability that are so important to airlines in the current market, we expect with this new technology, airport and airline applications will move to the cloud en masse while increasing automation.”

Anne-Marie Thiollet, Vice President, Connectivity Solutions, Orange Business Services, said: “Through our long-standing partnership with SITA, we have delivered technologies and innovation to the air transport industry since 2001. When we started this project at the end of 2019, we could not imagine just how critical flexibility and connectivity would become in the industry. We are confident that this evolution – leveraging the full potential of SDN technologies – has come at the right time.”

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