Global firm goes virtual for savings

May 2006
Computer Weekly;5/30/2006, p19
Trade Publication
The article reports that global consultancy Bureau Veritas aims to trim 20% off its network service costs over five years by outsourcing its data networks to virtual managed service provider Vanco PLC. Under the multimillion-pound deal, Vanco will link 500 Bureau Veritas locations in 99 countries over the next 12 months using multi-protocol label switching, IPSec, leased lines, DSL, wireless, satellite, and voice and video over IP. The system will replace an existing network that grew in an ad hoc manner, and will help Bureau Veritas to consolidate its application servers. The network will underpin critical applications including Lotus Notes, Peoplesoft, J.D. Edwards and Websphere Portal Server. Bureau Veritas chief information officer Francois Aubry said the main challenges in carrying out such a large migration would be avoiding disruption to the business and managing priorities.


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