Global steelmaking powerhouse Tata Steel Europe’s decision to relocate and combine its two offices into one brought a unique challenge with its data back-up, and they sought Glide’s expertise to guide their forward journey.
Globally known Tata Steel Europe need little introduction.
With the group supplying high-grade steel across multiple markets, including the automotive industry, business-grade connectivity solutions are a must.
In October 2015 the business relocated their offices to Coventry's University of Warwick Science Park, choosing Glide Business to provide their business-grade broadband.
By 2018, Tata Steel Europe turned its sights to combining its existing offices to drive greater efficiencies. Prior to the move, Tata Steel Europe were provided data backup from one office to the other.
But this change of location meant that the company faced the prospect of being without off-site data backup. Enter Glide Business to tackle this strategic challenge.
The Search for connectivity expertise
With Glide Business' existing relationship with the team at Tata Steel Europe, the conglomerate naturally looked towards the expertise that Glide had with business connectivity.
Tata Steel Europe already had two dark fibre links thanks to Glide, making it an easy decision to move forward.
When Jeremy Quilter of Tata Steel Europe contacted the Glide team, he spoke to a Strategic Account Manager to analyse the project, discussing the exact technical requirements, and timelines.
“Simon made things extremely simple. He understood what we required from the data link, the technology at the Business Innovation Centre side in Binley, and the link with Warwick Science Park. This joint experience made everything easier.”
Jeremy Quilter, Facilities and UK Health and Safety Manager R&D, UK, Tata Steel Europe
With quality, speed and flexibility at the forefront of their minds, the two developed a plan that recommended a 4 gbit/s point to point circuit.
With clients from the wider automotive industry, this circuit would be designed to support Tata Steel Europe’s customers’ data-backup requirements.
When it came to data back-up, the speed of the data connection between two sites can make a tremendous impact on day to day operations.
Before the project, Tata Steel Europe had a 1 gbit/s link between the two sites, which meant it took 3-4 hours to perform a data back-up, a necessity with the wider car manufacturing industry.
With a 4 gbit/s broadband connection at their disposal, Jeremy, the design engineers and researchers are in an entirely different world.
The end result is that the team are now able to perform multiple instant snapshots throughout the day, and top it off with a daily backup.
The End Result
In order to guarantee the point to point circuit, Glide Business implemented a back-haul upgrade, navigated internal cabling, and remained in constant contact with Jeremy to maintain the project’s deadlines.
By choosing to go to a business broadband expert, and work collaboratively with a Glide Strategic Account Manager, Jeremy left delighted with the outcome.
Tata Steel Europe now have a point to point, 4 gbit/s connection needed from the project, and Glide Business are proud of the results!
“I was confident I could trust the whole Glide team to take care of the project and meet the agreed deadlines. Glide had the capacity and speed for data over a considerable connection, and the end result is that we’ve comfortably covered our needs well into the future.”Jeremy Quilter, Facilities and UK Health and Safety Manager R&D, UK, Tata Steel Europe
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