Amer awards global network contract to Vanco

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Amer awards global network contract to Vanco

Tash Shifrin

Sports equipment firm Amer has awarded a three year contract to virtual network operator Vanco to provide an MPLS network covering more than 60 sites in 25 countries.

Amer, which owns sports brands Salomon, Wilson, Atomic, Suunto and Precor, was seeking to rationalise its data network following a string of acquisitions.

Alain Petit, director IT infrastructure at Amer Sports, said the virtual network operator model, which provides a service based on infrastructure sourced from the most suitable carriers, offered the flexibility the firm needed.

“Our sites are located in very disparate countries in terms of infrastructure and availability of technologies. Above all we needed to be able to add new sites to our network whenever we wanted to,” he said.

“With Vanco, connecting a new site is made much easier and doesn’t jeopardise the overall network configuration, plus lead times are completely optimised.”

The service provided by Vanco will be based on its MPLS Matrix, integrating multiple MPLS networks into a single seamless network. It includes Active Back-up, with back up connections used for non-critical traffic such as e-mail and web browsing. Vanco’s datacentres in the US, Finland, France and Germany have a double connection with two different carriers to offer greater resilience.

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