Yokogawa Centralizes Information Technology Resources and Improves Global Collaboration With Cisco Wide Area Application Services
Cisco Technology Helps Centralize 34 Locations Into 5 Data Centers, Cut Costs by Thousands of Euros and Deliver a One-Year Return on Investment
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - January 22, 2008) - Yokogawa Europe B.V is using
Cisco® (NASDAQ: CSCO) technology to help increase global collaboration,
reduce information technology costs and centralize IT resources. Yokogawa
can now share and exchange information faster and more efficiently, and
reduce business travel with a Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS)
solution that has centralized 16 terabytes of data into regional data
centers, making it easier to access information from any location.
Cisco WAAS has helped enable Yokogawa, part of the multinational Yokogawa
manufacturing group, to consolidate IT resources from 34 European locations
to five regional data centers in the Netherlands, Germany, France and
Italy. The company estimates this is helping to save more than EUR 100,000
a year because the Cisco solution removes the need to upgrade network
bandwidth to branch offices. The company expects to save thousands more
euros through reduced business travel because staff can effectively
collaborate on projects remotely. Cisco WAAS helps enable businesses to
centralize applications and data, but still deliver local-area network
(LAN)-like performance to branch offices worldwide.
Better information and data sharing has also enabled Yokogawa to reduce
data replication, caused by e-mail and saving multiple document versions in
different locations, by 40 percent. Through the cost savings, reduced
travel and productivity improvements, Yokogawa expects the Cisco technology
to deliver a return on investment in a year.
Following the success of the Cisco WAAS deployment in Europe, Yokogawa
plans to implement it across the world at its locations in the Far East,
Middle East and the Americas.
Rob Tammeling, ICT manager for Yokogawa Europe B.V., said, "Yokogawa's
strategic goal is to be a single, global business. We are working on many
projects in co-operation with other regions in the business and a good,
quick and stable network infrastructure is central to the success of these
projects. We need to rely completely on our network infrastructure and
without it we cannot do these global projects anymore and we can't deliver
the strategic objective. Cisco is the company that provides us with the
stable environment, it's products are good, stable and reliable and that's
what we need."
Yokogawa initially chose a competitive product to Cisco, but found that the
Cisco WAAS provided a much better fit with the company's global wide-area
network (WAN) and centralized maintenance is easy to manage. Also, Cisco's
global coverage, support and its impressive development capability
persuaded the Yokogawa Global IT Committee to choose the Cisco solution.
Yokogawa's has deployed a Cisco Data Center Network solution across its
European business region using Cisco Wide Area Application Networking
Services (WAAS) and Cisco Wide Area Application Engine (WAE) Appliances.
The Cisco Data Center Network solution also comprises a Cisco WAN and Cisco
"Yokagawa demonstrates how Cisco WAAS provides organizations with a
powerful application acceleration and WAN optimization solution for the
branch office," said Coks Stoffer, general manager, Cisco Netherlands.
"Cisco WAAS improves application performance across the WAN environment and
enables organizations to consolidate costly branch-office servers and
storage into centrally managed data centers and deploy new applications
directly from the data center, while offering LAN-like performance for
remote users. Unlike traditional WAN optimization products, the Cisco WAAS
solution offers significantly lower total cost of ownership for branch
offices and data centers, ease of integration through network transparency,
reliable voice and data deployment and maximized overall security."
Yokogawa's global network of 18 manufacturing facilities, 84 companies, and
over 650 sales and engineering offices spans 33 countries. Since its
founding in 1915, the US$4 billion company has been engaged in cutting-edge
research and innovation, securing more than 7,000 patents and
registrations, including the world's first digital sensors for flow and
pressure measurement. Industrial automation and control, test and
measurement, information systems and industry support are the core
businesses of Yokogawa. For more information about Yokogawa, please visit
our web site at www.yokogawa.com.
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