Vector partners with Spacenet

New alliance will enhance managed network services for retail customers
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa.—Vector Security, based here, has announced a strategic partnership with Spacenet that allows the security company to offer managed network services to its national retail customers.

As retailers are leveraging more security tools to gather valuable business intelligence using their network, their available bandwidth is growing scarce, Dave Merrick, Vector's marketing director, told Security Director News. At the same time, information security demands and PCI compliance are putting additional stress on retailers' existing IT infrastructure, according to a news release from Vector, which has roughly 100 national retail customers with more than 45,000 locations in North America.

"Retailers themselves have reached a precipice in how well their IT platforms work," Merrick said. "That is exacerbated by the fact that given where they're located, there are varying degrees of connectivity. So what Spacenet does is redesign and manage those networks that retailers are using in a more efficient way."

Vector sought the alliance, announced in January, because it was more efficient than striking out alone to offer managed network services. All the security services, from access control to alarm monitoring, will eventually be managed over a network, Merrick said, "so we need to align with a company that provides services and has experience on that side of the fence to take our relationship with our retail customers to a higher level."

Merrick used a car analogy to put it simply: "We provide the Porsche. Spacenet provides the autobahn."