3rd Party Logistics Network Integrations

Working on a project on 3rd-Party Logistics concepts, we are working on integrations with various global/local carriers and the systems that they are inter-linked with one another. This project I am working on requires our Operations in the local countries’ warehouses to access to the Customer or a global carrier’s program as to fulfill the needed process to carry out the warehouse management’s activities. This means that we will need to use a 3rd-party VPN client to establish a connection to the Customer or the global carrier’s network to access to their program. Normally for such case, both sites (in this case, my employer and the Customer’s network) has to configure the firewall setups like getting the information of the IP addresses of the terminals and port numbers to allow authorised access to the Customer’s network and vice versa.

For this case, our IT security and network organization do not allow the project team to implement the 3rd-party VPN client to be used in the Company’s network. The proposed solution is to setup a site-to-site VPN connection (a dedicated, VPN tunneling between our Organization and the Customer). For this option, this is economical and cost-savings, with into the consideration of low data transfer/access and secure connection but we need to understand from Customer that we agree on the secure protocols to be used in terms of routers, configuration etc. The network team has also suggested if high volume of data is to be transfer/access, a dedicated leased line may be considered, or if the program that the Customer has is a web application the alternative is to suggest to the Customer to move the application to extranet infrastructure (allows external parties via Internet to access to the application) but this is not a preferred option.

Three Possible Solutions:

  1. VPN tunneling (more secure, for low volume of data transfer between both networks)
  2. Dedicated leased line (for high volume of data transfer between both networks)
  3. Move the program to Extranet architecture if the program is a web application.

While looking onto the above options, I have came to evaluating the risk of the project if we are not able to setup the required setups on time for the target go-lives for any of the above. I am trying to get the Management to see if we can still work on this last alternative to setup the network firewalls to allow 3rd-party VPN client or probably to get local warehouse to setup an external ISP broadband connection to use the 3rd-party VPN client to connect to the program, outside of the Organization’s network. Decision has to be moved before end of next week.


1 Response to “3rd Party Logistics Network Integrations”

  1. May 13, 2010 at 10:37 am

    I really liked your work

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