Harley-Davidson recently selected AT&T, Inc. for a $10.5 million global networking contract in a move designed to increase efficiencies, standardize global processes and eliminate redundancies.
Under terms of the agreement, AT&T will deploy an Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IP VPN) integrating 27 Harley-Davidson locations in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific with a full range of voice, data and business continuity services. The contract renews and expands a long-standing relationship between the two companies.
AT&T says the high speed Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) platform will provide Harley-Davidson employees around the world with a consistent set of Internet tools.
The MPLS platform also paves the way for Harley-Davidson to extend its Voice over IP (VoIP) services, provides enhanced connectivity, increased bandwidth and high level of network security, including automatic backup and rerouting to another facility in the event of a network disruption or disaster.
Harley-Davidson will be able to monitor the performance of its network and applications through the secure AT&T customer portal, AT&T BusinessDirect, which provides operational efficiencies including around-the-clock online access to real-time reports on network performance and direct connection to trouble management systems.
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