International Petroleum Supplies Co. Uses WAN Virtualization To Insure Predictable Data/VoIP Network

  • Petroleum Pipe Company (PPC) deploys Talari Networks’ Adaptive Private Networking (APN) appliances in sites in Europe and Asia, with African sites planned later in 2011.
  • In developing world regions where reliable broadband may be inconsistent or cost-prohibitive, Talari’s appliances enable PPC to aggregate available bandwidth (DSL, cable or wireless) into a virtual network for a highly flexible, more reliable wide area network (WAN) infrastructure connecting remote offices.

San Jose, Calif., April 5, 2011 Talari Networks™ today announced Petroleum Pipe Company (PPC) has deployed Talari’s adaptive private networking (APN) appliances to ensure high-availability networks in PPC sites around the globe, including in developing world regions where broadband may be inconsistent or unavailable. Talari’s APN appliances use WAN Virtualization to aggregate two or more leased lines (e.g., Internet or wireless connections), continuously monitoring performance of every network path between the remote sites and PPC’s U.K. datacenter, to ensure a more reliable and predictable data and VoIP network.

PPC is an international distributor of casing, tubing and line pipes to the world’s oil companies, and it maintains local offices in developing countries where its customers are. Because local infrastructure such as leased lines is often prohibitively expensive or difficult to get and maintain in these developing countries, PPC has turned to the Internet, which offers wide availability, lower cost and higher bandwidth than leased lines. However, Internet connections typically lack the reliability so critical to PPC’s operation.

After a thorough vendor evaluation, the company selected Talari Networks’ WAN Virtualization to support the PPC WAN infrastructure. Chris Starling, PPC’s IT manager, describes the evaluation process. “The other solutions were literally two broadband connections plugged in,” recalls Starling. “You didn’t get much control over what comes out at the other end. There was very little in the way of management.”

In contrast, Talari’s Mercury appliances are “easy to configure, install and swap out” when needed, adds Starling.

Talari’s APN technology measures loss, latency and jitter, detecting and responding sub-second to network traffic congestion. The company’s appliances make real-time traffic engineering decisions on a packet-by-packet basis, which is especially critical for latency sensitive applications like VoIP and video.

One of PPC’s primary applications is VoIP. WAN Virtualization ensures that VoIP packets are given priority over other types, such as email or file transfers, and are always transmitted over the path with the lowest loss and jitter characteristics.

In areas where land lines aren’t available, Talari’s APN appliances work with wireless networks such as WiMAX.

PPC has deployed seven Talari Mercury APN appliances: one in London, two in Dubai, and the remainder at smaller remote offices. More APN appliances are planned in 2011, including several in Africa. The APN appliance in London is in a colocation facility that provides convenient access to diverse sources of Internet bandwidth, which fits with the Talari solution.

About Talari Networks

With WAN Virtualization, Talari Networks does for enterprise WANs what RAID did for storage– delivering a network with 30 to 100 times the bandwidth per dollar, ongoing WAN costs reduced by 40 to 90 percent, and greater reliability than existing corporate WANs–bringing Moore’s Law and Internet economics to enterprise WAN buyers for the first time in more than 15 years.