British Airways VPN takes off with Vanco

British Airways has signed a multimillion dollar, multi-year contract with telcommunications solutions provider Vanco to build and manage a global Virtual Private Network (VPN).

Vanco will design, implement and manage the proposed 155-site IPSec Virtual Private Network (VPN), of which a third will be used in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East region.

The deal follows a pilot program between British Airways and Vanco that took place last year.

Vanco Australasia general manager Grant Ellison said the landmark win for Vanco is significant because it "introduces a new network supplier in addition to the more established suppliers to the airline and travel sector".

Vanco will supply ADSL and backup services across 64 countries in the Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Africa and Europe using Vanco's Virtual Network Operator model, which is designed to automatically select the optimal physical network of Asset-Based Carriers, without needing to study solutions in terms of cost, technology, and geographic coverage.

Vanco estimates that the project will link services from about 80 different network suppliers and will handle traffic from business applications, e-mail, Internet access and remote workers.

British Airways head of IT business development and information security Gordon Penfold said Vanco was chosen because it is a good fit with its model for IT service delivery, and that it sits well within its multi-supplier framework.

Under the deal Vanco will manage nearly 20 per cent of British Airway's total networking infrastructure.

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