“Atos Origin awarded network and server hosting solution contract by Horizon Lines”
Houston, Texas, 24 October 2005
Horizon Lines Will Rely on Atos Origin to Build and Manage Company-wide Network Connecting 19 Locations Atos Origin, a leading international information technology services provider, today announced it has been selected by Horizon Lines, Inc., the leading American ocean carrier, to provide a new network design and overall hosted network solution that will give access to the company's 1,200 users.
“Atos Origin is an ideal partner for Horizon Lines because of its global experience in the transportation industry across the full lifecycle of IT operations, including applications and infrastructure, and also because of its compatible culture and partner approach," said Rick Kessler, CIO of Horizon Lines. "We are pleased to have an IT provider of Atos Origin's caliber as a partner and believe the relationship will result in solutions that make it easier for our customers to do business with us."
Atos Origin will manage the Local Area Network (LAN), Wide Area Network (WAN) and Metropolitan Area Network (MAN), and will establish a company-wide network among the 19 Horizon Lines locations, which include Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Continental US. An Atos Origin team will provide quality assurance, production, back up with full redundancy, a 24-hour help desk and a disaster recovery solution. Atos Origin will host, monitor and manage midrange systems for Horizon Lines at the primary Atos Origin North America data center in Arlington, Texas, and at a state of the art Disaster Recovery center located in Dallas, Texas.
"Horizon Lines recognizes the strategic business advantage of the Internet and networking, as evidenced by its Internet Booking System, one of the first successful, automated booking systems in the commercial ocean transportation industry," said Paul Stewart, CEO of Atos Origin Americas. "Atos Origin has a number of global transport and logistics clients and can leverage best practices and experience to design and maintain a next-generation network with the functionality and reliability Horizon Lines needs to further expand its business and market-leading position.”
Through a competitive bid process, Horizon Lines chose Atos Origin for its cultural fit and its experience in the transportation and logistic industry. The company will also benefit from Atos Origin's worldwide presence and world-class data center, which will facilitate rapid, ongoing support of the Horizon Lines infrastructure.
Atos Origin's other transport and logistics industry clients include Eurostar, Rumbo.com, Iberia.com, Club Med, Amadeus, National Express Group, Air France, Deutsche Bahn, and The Association of Train Operating Companies (UK).
About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are more than EUR 5 billion and it employs over 46,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, AtosEuronext, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.
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About Horizon Lines
Based in Charlotte, NC, Horizon Lines, Inc. is the nation's leading Jones Act container shipping and logistics company, operating 16 U.S.-flag vessels on routes linking the continental United States with Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and Puerto Rico. Horizon Lines maintains offices throughout the continental United States and operates port terminals in Anchorage, Kodiak and Dutch Harbor, Alaska; Honolulu, Hawaii; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Horizon Lines also owns Horizon Services Group, an organization with a diversified offering of cargo management and tracking services being marketed to shippers, carriers and other supply chain participants.