Royal Vopak selects Vanco for global WAN

Royal Vopak, the independent tank terminal operator, has signed a five-year agreement with the global virtual network operator (VNO) 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 nations. The Vanco system will replace global, regional, and local systems Vopak presently uses. Vopak has operations in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, the Americas, Australia, and South Africa.

Vanco will build a system that can be managed centrally to integrate global, regional, and local carriers. Both parties have signed a five-year contract that includes annual arrangements to enhance network flexibility. Vanco will develop a hybrid system that can support every type of office, location, terminal and agency through Ethernet, MPLS, or IP Sec. It also will deploy an Active Backup system for proactive protection of Vopak's data. Active Backup replaces the ISDN-based back-up with DSL.

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