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Cooking up improved Wan

Antony Savvas

Cookson Group, a global materials technology company is adopting new wide area network technology for its businesses that will improve network traffic performance and increase data security.

The company, headquartered in London, is adopting the use of IPSec (IP Security protocol) and multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) across its operations.

The new networks Cookson is adopting are being designed, implemented and managed by Vanco, which is migrating the company away from its legacy Frame Relay-based networks. The deal is for three years.

With the help of MPLS, Cookson will use policy based routing techniques to direct non-critical data across the internet infrastructure, while freeing up the main core network for business critical applications, like Citrix thin client software which supports remote working and JD Edwards enterprise resource planning applications.

Cookson said Vanco was chosen because it is a virtual network operator (VNO), meaning it mixes and matches different network services from a variety of telcos to meet a customer’s requirements.

“We do not wish to be restricted to a single carrier’s infrastructure, technology and partners. We want to be able to use the very best the global telecoms market has to offer to find the most appropriate solutions, as and when our business needs evolve,” added John Heuvelman, IT director for half of the Cookson operations covered by the deal.

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