Introduction Tieto, a leading Nordic software and services company is growing rapidly and plans to continue fueling growth through new services and capabilities. Tieto’s growth strategy is built on a shift from providing mere services to delivering an outstanding experience to its customers. This requires the ability to deliver services quickly and make it possible to build anything on the application level that a customer wants, without being hindered by the underlying physical infrastructure. Tieto is investing in SDN technologies to meet these goals.

Tieto’s Solution

The Tieto team explored several potential SDN solutions and conducted head-to-head comparisons. They chose Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), because it met all of Tieto’s technical requirements, implementation goals, and projected business benefits.

“We have had a long experience with Cisco products and services,” said Jyrki Halonen, Lead Service Architect at Tieto. “The Cisco team helped us fine-tune our SDN plan to deploy the solution as quickly as possible.” The Cisco ACI™ solution, with its industry-leading software-defined networking (SDN) capabilities, provides a holistic architecture with centralized automation and policy-driven application profiles.ACI delivers software flexibility with the scalability of hardware performance.

Solution Deployment Details

Tieto deployed Cisco ACI in six data centers in three countries. With Cisco Services, they deployed the Cisco ACI infrastructure in just six months. Using the Cisco ACI unified policy model, the team enforces policy through endpoint groups (EPG), a collection of network endpoints that includes a wide range of entities, including bare-metal servers, virtual machines, and containers. Tieto is looking forward to begin using additional Cisco ACI capabilities to provide the best possible connectivity solutions for its future service delivery infrastructure.

Solution Components and Partner offerings

  • Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI)
  • Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC)
  • Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches enabled for ACI
  • Cisco Network Services Orchestrator (NSO)
  • Cisco UCS Director
  • Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA)
  • Cisco ACI Ecosystem, Partner – ServiceNow

Business Outcomes

Tieto’s Roadmap

“Cisco ACI provides a foundation that we can build on to channel innovation into new services,” said Syrjänen. “We’ll be able to quickly and efficiently deliver basic connectivity services while building a new connectivity ecosystem between our customers, their other partners, and Tieto. We’re very excited about the future.”

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Ravi Balakrishnan

Senior Product Marketing Manager

Datacenter Solutions