Thursday 13th Dec 2018 - Logistics Manager Magazine

GEFCO picks Interoute networking solution

GEFCO has chosen Interoute, for its cloud and network infrastructure in 120 locations across Europe. 

Philippe Ellec, head of IT operations and infrastructures said: “The hybrid architecture of our previous network was very innovative when we chose it but now it has become outdated and prone to incidents. As our demand for bandwidth grew, we had to start prioritising our traffic flows. Today, we rely on the network to inform our customers in real time, we do more data analysis and use more and more collaborative tools. We needed one or more network partners to support us across all our European sites.”

Working with local operators, Interoute set up resilient MPLS links in 120 locations in 18 European countries, connected with its SDN core. The resulting network covered: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

GEFCO’s operational sites manage the daily departure and arrival of goods on trucks and trains, with delivery receipts exchanged continuously. If a site is down and unable to process delivery data through the company’s information system on time, GEFCO may lose revenue and incur penalties. Interoute has committed in its Service Level Agreement with GEFCO not to exceed one failure per year for each critical agency, for up to 8 per cent of the total number of agencies. This means that out of 120 locations, no more than 10 can experience a failure annually.