VANs are private networks specifically for the exchange of EDI documents. They make up a closed environment which partners connect their EDI solutions to in order to exchange documents inside the network.
VANs offer high security levels plus proof of message delivery and processing at destination, although they can be limited because, as they are private environments, they can exclude strategic partners not hooked up to a specific network. To span this inefficiency, the world’s leading networks establish private peerings, or interconnection agreements, to enable EDI documents to be exchanged between partners who could be on different VANs.
EDICOMNet, the VAN developed by EDICOM, is a dedicated private communications service guaranteeing connectivity between connected users and partners not in the network thanks to its private peerings and multiprotocol capabilities.