Spacenet Selected to Provide Managed Network Services to Over 7,000 Regis Corporation Locations

  • Spacenet Inc.
  • 01.12.10
Spacenet Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (Nasdaq: GILT) and a leading provider of networking solutions, announced that it is providing its Prysm Pro network appliance, which enables a fully PCI-compliant managed network services solution, to over 7,000 Regis Corporation North American locations.

Regis, one of the beauty industry's global leaders in beauty salons, hair restoration centers and cosmetology education, is using Spacenet’s managed network services and Prysm Pro network management appliance to provide integrated support and management for its business communication infrastructure. This infrastructure includes DSL, 3G, analog and digital voice, Wi-Fi and VPN networking at its beauty salon stores.
“Increasing the utility and cost effectiveness of our communications network and corporate wide applications is very important for Regis Corporation,” said Regis Vice President of Information Technology Joel Wiens. “Spacenet’s managed network services through its Prysm Pro is helping us meet this goal by serving as an all-in-one flexible network appliance that supports our comprehensive business applications more cost efficiently than competing alternatives. It provides a simplified network design enabling us to interface with all of our applications on a single device. In addition, the Prysm Pro is highly customizable by Spacenet, which enables us to make changes to our configuration or develop new features as our network requirements change.”

Regis Corporation requires reliable communications to support critical business applications at its thousands of salon locations. As part of its network upgrade plans, Spacenet is providing managed network services enabled by the Prysm Pro appliance to interface with terrestrial and 3G modems at Regis salon locations. The Prysm Pro appliance provides support for automatic hybrid switching between its wireline and wireless technologies for network backup, integrated Wi-Fi hotspot services for customers, integrated analog telephone adapter (ATA) for VoIP functionality, and POS hardware for its retail applications.

“We’re thrilled to be working with a global leader such as Regis,” said Spacenet President and COO Glenn Katz. “With thousands of locations, multiple network access methods, and critical business applications to manage, Regis is an ideal customer for Spacenet and our Prysm Pro appliance.  Spacenet’s managed network services will help Regis Corporation meet its business requirements by providing a unique and flexible solution for its application challenges today and in the future as its network evolves. Spacenet has been meeting the networking and communications needs of enterprises for nearly 30 years, and we are pleased to add Regis to our list of valued customers.”

Spacenet’s Prysm Pro supports advanced applications over satellite, wireline and wireless networks, helps multisite enterprises support multiple secure networks with centralized management and enables hybrid switching between wireline and wireless technologies. It is a modular, scalable, off-the-shelf IP network appliance that offers unique benefits to customers. Additionally, the Prysm Pro appliance can be integrated with Spacenet’s managed network services, providing access to a user-friendly Web portal to enable simplified and centralized network management.

Regis Corporation (NYSE:RGS) is one of the beauty industry’s global leaders in beauty salons, hair restoration centers and cosmetology education. As of September 30, 2009, the company owned, franchised or held ownership interests in 12,900 worldwide locations.  Regis’ corporate and franchised locations operate under concepts such as Supercuts, Sassoon Salon, Regis Salons, MasterCuts, SmartStyle, Cost Cutters, Cool Cuts 4 Kids and Hair Club for Men and Women.  In addition, Regis maintains an ownership interest in Provalliance, which operates salons primarily in Europe, under the brands of Jean Louis David, Franck Provost and Saint Algue.  Regis also maintains ownership interests in Empire Education Group in the United States and the MY Style concepts in Japan.  Systemwide, these and other concepts are located in the United States and in over 30 other countries in North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Regis also maintains a 49 percent ownership interest in Intelligent Nutrients, a business that provides a wide variety of certified organic products for health and beauty.

Founded in 1981, Spacenet Inc. is one of the world’s leading providers of high-performance satellite and hybrid terrestrial networking solutions for U.S.-based enterprise, government and small office/small business customers. Spacenet has a longstanding tradition of industry leadership and innovation, and today has more than 100,000 operational network endpoints for customers including many Fortune 500 companies and major government agencies. Spacenet's services include its custom satellite and hybrid network solutions for enterprise and government; Connexstar™ VSAT services for primary, backup and disaster recovery networks; and StarBand® broadband Internet by satellite. Spacenet is based in McLean, Va., and operates its own end-to-end services infrastructure including network management, field services and teleport facilities in McLean, Va.; Atlanta, Ga.; and Chicago, Ill. Spacenet is a wholly owned subsidiary of Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (Nasdaq: GILT).

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