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Case Study: WAN Accelerators
The ChallengeA Michigan-based manufacturing company was having difficulty managing data traffic across its 7 facilities. While they had a centralized data center, replication traffic and user data was congesting their MPLS WAN. Management was baffled when increasing bandwidth did not alleviate the issue. A solution was needed that would allow users at remote facilities access to their data in an optimized way.
The SolutionLinearLogic designed and implemented a solution based around Silver Peak WAN Accelerators. After a careful review of the traffic patterns at each facility, it was determined that two types of traffic most affected the user experience, Microsoft Windows sharing and Microsoft Exchange. Voice and Video Conferencing traffic would also need to be included in the QoS policies as well. Silver Peak WAN Accelerators have the ability to analyze traffic, perform QoS, deduplication, and traffic caching in real time as it passes over the WAN links. By implementing a Silver Peak device at the central data center as well as at each facility, traffic could be routed over the tunnels between the Silver Peak devices and optimized in a way that would give the users a LAN-like experience from the remote facilities.
The BenefitAfter several unsuccessful attempts to build a real-time replication solution, the company finally had the ability to provide its end-users a LAN-like experience at all facilities. By providing Silver Peak WAN Accelerators, LinearLogic was able to implement advanced network caching, deduplication, QoS, and traffic shaping across the entire MPLS cloud. Performance improvements were seen across the board as costly bandwidth increases became less urgent.