Valero Signs Broadband Network Contract

MCLEAN, Va. – Valero signed a contract with Spacenet Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., for broadband network managed services and connectivity to its nationwide branded wholesale locations, according to the companies.

Valero, with approximately 5,800 retail and branded wholesale outlets in the U.S. and the Caribbean, will be offering Spacenet's broadband communications services to support their primary retail applications and network backup.

"Our broadband managed services and our Prysm Pro platform can help Valero better support its store applications and ultimately better serve its customers," Spacenet President and COO Glenn Katz said in a released statement. "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 include Internet/intranet access, point-of-sale and credit/debit transactions, ATM transactions, Automatic Tank Gauge (ATG), Wi-Fi, store loyalty programs and video security, the company reported.

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, the vendor stated.

In addition, Valero is leveraging Spacenet's Prysm Pro, which is a modular, scalable, off-the-shelf IP network appliance that offers features including hybrid switching between wireline and wireless technologies for business continuity and network backup. The Prysm Pro appliance also 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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