BT has won a contract with Japanese manufacturer Komatsu to provide a new global IT infrastructure across 26 sites in 15 countries in Europe, Asia-Pacific and South-America.

Komatsu, which makes mining, military and construction equipment, said the agreement sets it on the road to migrate a number of its enterprise applications to the cloud over the coming years.

BT will construct and manage a hybrid network combining its IP Connect Global cloud platform with its hybrid VPN service for smaller locations, allowing office-based workers to access their corporate network through the internet.

It said its first job is to consolidate Komatsu’s central IT infrastructure into two BT data centres.

It will replace traditional fixed line voice services for 1,100 Komatsu staff with voice-over-IP technology, routing voice traffic across its One Voice centralised SIP trunking service.

Chris Borremans, CIO at Komatsu Europe, said: “Today’s agreement is the start of a journey whereby we will be moving towards flexible, cloud-based services supporting our operations, customers and employees across the globe.”

Quality of service will be measured using BT Connect Intelligence in terms of business outcomes, rather than traditional network SLAs, BT said.

Fabrice De Windt, CEO for BT in the Benelux region, said: “This opens the path for an ambitious digital transformation journey, supported by our Cloud of Clouds portfolio strategy.”

BT has announced a number of major cloud infrastructure deals recently.

The most recent saw human resources provider Randstad sign up for cloud connectivity to more than 3,500 of its sites across 37 countries.

Last month, BT unveiled two new enterprise services, One Mobile and One Cloud, that leverage the cloud portfolio of its Global Services arm and its EE mobile network.

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