Valero Selects Spacenet as a Broadband Provider

Valero has added Spacenet to serve as a provider for its broadband network managed services and offer connectivity to its nationwide branded wholesale locations.

Spacenet Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., and a provider of broadband network solutions.

Valero, an independent refiner in North America and a retail operator with about 5,800 retail and branded wholesale outlets in the U.S. and the Caribbean, plans to offer Spacenet’s broadband communications services to support its primary retail applications and network backup.

“We’re thrilled that Valero has selected the Prysm Pro to power their network across the country. This contract is further recognition by an industry leader of the benefits a fully managed network service delivers to a large retailer with complex requirements,” said Spacenet President and COO Glenn Katz. “Our broadband managed services and our Prysm Pro platform can help Valero better support its store applications and ultimately better serve its customers. Our goal is to help Valero and all of our enterprise clients improve operational efficiencies by supporting a comprehensive range of business applications on a reliable, cost-effective and simplified network platform.”

Valero is leveraging Spacenet’s satellite and DSL broadband managed services, as well as its award winning Prysm Pro network appliance to support its retail applications. These applications include Internet/intranet access, point-of-sale and credit/debit transactions, ATM transactions, Automatic Tank Gauge (ATG), WiFi, store loyalty programs and video security.

The upgraded network combines Spacenet’s SkyEdge VSAT satellite platform and DSL Managed Services into a centrally managed, integrated platform that supports full PCI compliance. The new network supports faster speeds, advanced functionality and improved network availability to support expanding applications. In addition, Valero is leveraging Spacenet’s Prysm Pro, which is a modular, scalable, off-the-shelf IP network appliance that offers unique features including hybrid switching between wireline and wireless technologies for business continuity and network backup. Additionally, the Prysm Pro appliance can be integrated with Spacenet’s managed network services, providing access to a user-friendly Web portal to enable simplified and centralized network management.

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