Private carriage for Nightfreight

Nightfreight has chosen a managed IP virtual private network to transport and protect its data.

Nightfreight has chosen a managed IP virtual private network to transport and protect its data.  

Nightfreight is a UK leader in the overnight delivery of mixed parcels and IDW (irregular dimension and weight) freight. Its new managed solution from BT will link its two disaster recovery sites and all its 55 delivery depots, and make sure its fleet of 1,000 vehicles can access the information required to deliver an average of 30,000 consignments per day.

John Miller, Nightfreight planning and IT director, comments, “This network provides the bandwidth to allow both efficient operation of existing systems and room for growth as the business demands it.”

The chosen network will support Nightfreight's critical core freight business application Nighttrak, which manages all aspects of logistics, from customer data, delivery tracking and pricing to internal accounting and billing, as well as thin client Microsoft applications.

The service will deliver greater bandwidth to manage significantly increased network traffic from continued business growth, new functionality in Nighttrack, and increased use of browser-based applications across the company. 

BT has responsibility for the network up to and including the router, meaning Nightfreight has effectively outsourced its data network, backed by a service level agreement to promising 99.9% availability, with faults resolved within a four-hour timeframe.

The contract is worth £1.7m over five years.

This article was part of Computer Weekly's managed services business channel, sponsored by Computacenter


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