Managed IP VPN Service Replaces Disparate Systems and Supports New Services
LONDON -- Global Crossing (NASDAQ: GLBC), a leading global IP solutions provider, today announced that Oxford Aviation Academy (OAA), a global supplier of aviation training and resourcing services, is consolidating its wide area network (WAN) with Global Crossing’s Managed IP Virtual Private Network (IP VPN) offering. The new multiprotocol label switching (MPLS)-based service replaces 11 global site-to-site VPNs and provides the foundation upon which new services such as unified communications, a single global active directory, email and collaboration systems can be built.
OAA provides innovative training for airline pilots, cabin crews and maintenance personnel. The company’s significant growth both organically and through merger and acquisition led to a re-assessment of its network requirements and a new five-year growth strategy that will see OAA replace its multi-vendor hub-to-hub VPN lines across Northern Europe with a higher quality, scalable IP-based managed service, with Global Crossing as the sole provider.
“We went through a thorough tender process with the leading providers and Global Crossing was not only the most cost effective solution, but also a good strategic fit for us,” said Stephan Potter, head of Group IT at Oxford Aviation Academy. “It is not only a more agile, challenger brand that can deliver superior response and customer service, but the solution really is best of breed by design. Some of the other suppliers looked unwieldy by comparison.”
Ted Higase, EMEA managing director, Global Crossing, said, “Consolidating the WAN at OAA is an important element of the organisation’s strategy to future-proof its network and deliver a more business-aligned technology and communications infrastructure. The company took a good look at how all of its business processes could be enhanced, and improving internal communications was vital to supporting OAA’s business growth.”
The managed IP VPN goes live in the early autumn and is expected to liberate internal IT resources away from day-to-day system maintenance to focus on more business-aligned projects. The four main hub sites, Dublin, Gatwick, Oxford and Stockholm, have a 10 Megabyte (MB) Ethernet pipe on a 100MB bearer and the remaining sites have a 4MB Ethernet pipe on a 10MB bearer.
About Oxford Aviation Academy (OAA)
OAA is one of the world’s leading independent providers of innovative airline pilot, cabin crew, maintenance training and aviation resourcing services. It is truly unique in its ability to offer a fully integrated global flight crew supply chain.
With locations in Beijing, Copenhagen, Dublin, Hong Kong, London (Gatwick), London (Heathrow), Manchester, Melbourne, Oslo, Oxford, Phoenix, Shannon, Stockholm and Tokyo, OAA is able to provide integrated “Total Training Solutions” tailored to meet the needs of any airline worldwide.
OAA operates 105 training aircraft, 64 simulators and 10 training centres, delivering an innovative and comprehensive portfolio of aviation training courses. OAA’s 3 ab initio airline pilot training schools are amongst the World’s most respected and have trained over 26,000 professional pilots during the past 50 years. Furthermore, OAA’s 7 type training centres combine to offer internationally approved training on a range of types including Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier and Embraer.
Parc Aviation, OAA’s resourcing division, is the global market leader in providing aviation personnel on lease to airlines, MRO's, aircraft manufacturers and aircraft leasing organisations; currently providing 1000 personnel on assignments to over 50 organisations in 30 different countries.
OAA is owned by STAR Capital Partners and the GE Corporation.
ABOUT GLOBAL CROSSING
Global Crossing (NASDAQ: GLBC) is a leading global IP, Ethernet, data center and video solutions provider with the world's first integrated global IP-based network. The company offers a full range of data, voice, collaboration, broadcast and media services delivered with superior customer service.
Global Crossing provides services to enterprises (including approximately 40 percent of the Fortune 500); government departments and agencies; and 700 carriers, mobile operators and ISPs. It delivers converged IP services to more than 700 cities in more than 70 countries, and has 17 world-class data centers in major business centers around the globe.
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