Computer Aided Design & Manufacturing (CAD/CAM)

Silver Peak accelerates AutoDesk's AutoCAD and other design applications.

Don’t let distance disrupt your distributed engineering and design teams. Silver Peak software improves CAD/CAM application performance by more than 8X. Models open faster, files transfer in less time, and program installations become easier with a Silver Peak-accelerated network. Silver Peak enables CAD/CAM to be more responsive and more consistent over distance.  

AutoCAD, Revit and other design applications perform well within an office, but as creative teams are more distributed, the performance and utility of design applications often suffers. CAD/CAM files are very large and that makes sharing and moving them across distance problematic.

The issue is delay and packet loss - not bandwidth. Design applications typically run over TCP and file sharing protocols, such as CIFS/SMB. As TCP and CIFS sessions extend over distance, computers must wait longer for acknowledgments before sending additional data. This delay limits the throughput of the session, regardless of available bandwidth, a fact that is only made worse when packets are lost or delivered out-of-order.

Silver Peak addresses these performance problems, allowing CAD/CAM applications to perform as well between offices as they do within the office. Specific challenges addressed include:

  • Bandwidth – Silver Peak’s  byte-level deduplication  removes redundant CAD/CAM data from the WAN. In fact, Silver Peak deduplication works with any enterprise application, even when application vendors change their protocols or file formats, such as Autodesk's DWG. 
  • Latency – Silver Peak mitigates latency, enabling CAD/CAM applications to operate more efficiently over distance.TCP Acceleration includes windows scaling, selective acknowledgements, and HighSpeed TCP.  CIFS Acceleration  includes CIFS read-ahead, CIFS write-behind, and CIFS metadata optimizations. Latency is further reduced through packet coalescing, which re-packages multiple smaller packets into a single larger one, and through Dynamic Path Control, which selects the fastest path to a remote location.
  • Congestion – Silver Peak makes CAD/CAM performance more predictable across congested WANs. Lost packets are reconstituted in real-time at the far end of a WAN link, avoiding delays that come with multiple round-trip retransmissions; out-of-order packets are resequenced, avoiding retransmission and processing delays that occur when packets arrive out-of-order. Extensive traffic shaping and quality of service (QoS) technique ensure applications always receive the necessary bandwidth regardless of the traffic load.

Silver Peak protects CAD/CAM data-in-flight between locations with an Accelerated IPSec virtual private network (VPN) and AES-256 encryption. Data-at-rest within the Silver Peak instance is also encrypted with AES. End-to-end encryption is provided by SSL/TLS.

Silver Peak offers the most scalable and cost-effective data acceleration software for connecting data centers, remote offices and the cloud. Download and deploy it  yourself in just 20 minutes or  contact us  to see how Silver Peak can help your creative team.

Featured Products

  • VX WAN Optimization Software

    VX Virtual WAN Optimization Software

    Silver Peak VX WAN optimization software supports the full list of Silver Peak WAN optimization features. Use Silver Peak VX software to build a Silver Peak Unity WAN fabric for integrating your enterprise WAN, the Internet and the cloud, and to optimize every SaaS application.

  • NX WAN Optimization Appliances

    NX Appliances for Application Acceleration and Replication Acceleration

    Silver Peak NX WAN optimization appliances are the industry's highest-performance WAN optimization solutions, delivering three-times the WAN performance and capacity of the nearest competing products. Silver Peak Software for Life program means you can convert NX appliances to VX software at anytime for free.


  • Improve collaboration by allowing distributed teams to share files faster.  
  • Improve revision control and eliminate errors in final designs by centralizing servers.
  • Hire the best talent regardless of location by allowing engineers and designers to work with models on remote CAD/CAM servers from any location.
  • Lower bandwidth charges by eliminating redundant data from the WAN.


  • Whether designing a new building or creating a concept car, Computer Aided Design (CAD) / Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) programs — such as AutoCad, Bentley ProjectWise, Civil3D, Revit, and Solidworks — are essential to the creative process. The productivity of engineering, architecture and design professionals often suffers, though, when loading drawings from remote servers or transferring CAD/CAM files between offices.
  • Autodesk, Inc. is a world leader in 2D and 3D design and engineering software for the manufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainment markets. Since its introduction of AutoCAD® software in 1982, Autodesk has developed the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art software applications to help customers experience their ideas digitally before they are built. Fortune 1000 companies rely on Autodesk for the tools to design, visualize and simulate their ideas to save time and money, enhance quality and foster innovation for competitive advantage.
  • Architecture design firm dwp has adopted a WAN optimisation system from Silver Peak to accelerate file transfers and reduce infrastructure costs by 80 percent. The platform, Virtual Acceleration Open Architecture (VXOA), is now able to speed up transfers of AutoCAD-based files from days to minutes. According to dwp, it now takes only a few minutes to transfer 1 GB of data across the distributed enterprise, which includes 12 locations across Asia Pacific and the Middle East. There was an urgent need for dwp to lower its operating expenditure (OPEX) costs, which soared dramatically due to an increase in bandwidth costs necessitated by poor network connectivity between its data centre located in Bangkok and the various branch offices. In addition, link costs and latency were the highest between Bahrain and Bangkok.
  • Panasonic turns to Silver Peak for Real-Time Global Design Collaboration
  • Finisar is at the forefront of this wave, providing optical components and testing equipment that enable high-speed communications across Ethernet local area networks (LANs), Fibre Channel storage area networks (SANs), and metropolitan area networks (MANs). 
  • On the surface, different vendors’ Wide Area Network (WAN) deduplication solutions sound a lot alike. When one digs deeper, however, it becomes apparent that there are fundamental architectural differences that have a tangible impact on the performance of different applications across the WAN.
  • Data deduplication is one of the most significant technologies to impact the storage community in recent years. By identifying redundant data segments and storing only a single instance of information, this technology dramatically reduces storage space and allows more data to be protected over time.
  • Enterprises have long been battling the inherent performance limitations of Wide Area Networks (WANs) when delivering applications to remote offices. Caching emerged in the 1990’s as a potential way of addressing this problem, accelerating the performance of specific applications, such as web services, while reducing overall WAN traffic. While caching achieved reasonable success for a few short years, the market for these point products ultimately subsided as a result of several operational and functional limitations. 
  • Enterprises rely on a variety of different technologies to build Wide Area Networks (WANs), such as Time Division Multiplexing, Frame Relay, and Virtual Private Networks. These technologies use well established, link-layer techniques to deliver error-free, well-formed Protocol Data Units (PDUs) to upper layers. However, different network-layer characteristics result in unique packet delivery behavior across these technologies.