WHSmith signs network deal

WHSmith News, the UK's largest newspaper and magazine wholesaler, has signed a multi-million pound contract with network provider...

WHSmith News, the UK's largest newspaper and magazine wholesaler, has signed a multi-million pound contract with network provider Energis for a network to link its 53 distribution centres, head office and other key sites.

The Internet Protocol-based virtual private network (VPN) has been designed to ensure that vital information, such as last-minute changes to customer orders, will be available to WHSmith News' 4,500 employees.

The network will support the delivery of newspapers and magazines to 22,000 UK retailers. It is based on Multi Protocol Label Switching which can prioritise network traffic to favour time-critical applications over less urgent data traffic.

Peter Swann, IT director at WHSmith News, said, "Newspapers have very short shelf-lives so their timely delivery is essential. We needed a network which was secure, reliable and able to stand up to the increasing volumes of network traffic across our distribution centres."

  • Energis has also renewed its contract with DHL International, the air express carrier, to provide a managed network for corporate communication and a VPN across 40 UK sites.

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