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U.S. Airline Turns to Windstream to Evolve IT Operations

September 28, 2017

Optical networking is certainly a preferred method in the data center and the delivery of services. Advances in automation and software-defined networking are the keystones to the next generation network solutions, and an industry much in needed of evolving operations is about to see a use case fit for all to build from.

This week, Windstream announced that a major U.S. airline selected the provider of advanced networking solutions to provide consulting services to improve the airline’s IT experience, and communications solutions. Windstream will work with Ciena on optical encryption services to modernize IT infrastructure for the airline.

The project entails crafting an IT ecosystem with high-speed optical Wavelength Services, dedicated Ethernet Internet Access and secure connectivity to Salesforce, Oracle fast Conenct, IBM Bluemix, Google Cloud, AWS and Microsoft Azure.

With the new network backbone in place, the airline gains peace of mind that all IT applications are running in a secure and reliable manner. Network demand is addressed via real-time analytics, and by utilizing optical encryption services all in-transit data in safe and secure, and is sent sans latency.

“The airline industry is one of the most dynamic and challenging environments from an IT perspective, and we are honored that our customer selected us as their consulting and communications partner,” said Joseph Harding, executive vice president and enterprise chief marketing officer at Windstream. “This is an extraordinary assignment that gives us the opportunity to transform the business in a way that will improve functions ranging from ticketing agents to aircraft maintenance to training. The customer has asked us to help them ‘get big fast,’ and our advanced data and communications solutions will help them do just that.”

The network serves as at the heart of all operations. So while a modernization movement like that of today’s announcement serves the IT team well, and brings Swiss watch-like precision to the network, it also adds to the overall customer experience.

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Edited by Mandi Nowitz

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