Australia next port of call in Royal Vopak's WAN rollout

Royal Vopak gets connectivity for 83 sites in 28 countries

Tank terminal operator, Royal Vopak, has inked a five year deal with virtual network operator Vanco for the design, implementation and management of a new global Wide Area Network (WAN).

Vanco will deploy a hybrid IP network, using Ethernet, MPLS and IP Sec technologies, providing end-to-end connectivity for 83 Vopak offices and terminals in 28 countries including Australia and South Africa.

Vopak CIO, Ton van Dijk, said that as a global company the ability to share systems, information and knowledge between offices is essential to the success of its operation, particularly online communication capabilities and knowledge sharing.

" It also supports our aim to be more flexible in terms of adding new locations and connections in the future," he said.

"At the same time we can create a platform which enables us to deploy new technologies and improve security, while also reducing our connectivity costs."

van Dijk said he was drawn to the virtual network business model which has the flexibility of short term contracts with continuous insight into network behaviour and costs.

He said Vanco will build a solution, which can be managed centrally and integrate global, regional and local carriers.

Both parties have signed a five year contract which includes annual arrangements to enhance the flexibility of the network.

As well as developing a solution that supports every type of office and location through Ethernet, MPSL or IP Sec, van Dijk said Vanco will also deploy an 'Active Backup' solution for proactive protection of company data.

Active Backup replaces the ISDN-based back-up with DSL, utilising 'always on' capabilities to offload non-mission critical traffic onto what was a previously unused link.

Vanco managing director, Bertil Holthuis, said the solution will connect the companies offices worldwide through one unified infrastructure.

At the same time, he said Vopak can deploy additional new technologies, over and above its current solution, at any time.

Royal Vopak specialises in the storage and handling of liquid and gaseous chemical and oil products. Vopak operates 75 terminals with a storage capacity of more than 21 million cubic metres in 30 countries.

Established in 1988, Vanco does not own telecoms assets and has the freedom to source infrastructure from the most suitable Asset Based Carriers (ABCs) on a global basis. Clients include Accor Hotels, British Airways, Ford Motor Company, Siemens, Pilkington and Virgin Retail.

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