Applications run 80 times faster with WAN optimization

New speeds applied to CAD files

Aluminium vessels manufacturer, Austal, is utilizing a Wide Area Network (WAN) optimization appliance to increase application speeds between its offices in Western Australia and Alabama in the United States (US).

As a result of the Blue Coat ProxySG appliance content and applications now run 70 to 80 times faster across the company's Internet gateway connection.

Austal IT manager, Jeff Creighton, said during the trial evaluation the performance increase for large Computer Aided Design (CAD) and modelling files was particularly impressive.

"Large files that previously required 40 minutes to save or re-open can now open or save in less than a minute," he said.

"The improved performance has had an immediate effect on productivity, enabling engineers to work on six or seven drawings per day, rather than only two or three."

Creighton said Strategic Allied Technologies was able to implement the appliances from Blue Coat Systems in less than four hours.

He said mission-critical traffic can be accelerated and malicious or unimportant traffic can be stopped or managed.

"After installing the appliances, the company realized that a considerable amount of WAN bandwidth was being consumed by remote back-up traffic; we were then able to limite the bandwidth devoted to backup," Creighton said.

Blue Coat Systems senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Bethany Mayer, said WAN optimization is a multifaceted challenge, requiring visibility, security, control and acceleration of traffic to and from branch offices.

"We are excited to see the dramatic effects our ProxySG appliances have already made for Austal," Mayer said.

Blue Coat has installed more than 40,000 appliances worldwide.

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