Australian Building Products Leader Easily Achieves Disaster Recovery Objectives with Silver Peak

Gunnersen ‘Amazed’ by Silver Peak Data Mobility Performance, Price and Deployment Ease

SANTA CLARA, Calif., August 8, 2012 —Australia’s largest independent locally-owned manufacturer and distributor of wood-based building products, Gunnersen , has implemented Silver Peak Systems to ensure its recovery point objectives (RPO) are achieved. Gunnersen was experiencing severe network difficulties and unable to achieve its disaster recovery (DR) goals despite having upgraded its bandwidth from 4 megabit-per-second (Mbps) to 10 Mbps connection.

Even following a bandwidth upgrade, the Gunnersen network still ran very slow and was not allowing the company to meet RPO between Melbourne and Sydney. Information Systems (IS) manager Stephen Watson called in storage specialist and Silver Peak partner, Advantage IT, to find a solution.

“Advantage IT implemented the Silver Peak optimization software in to better understand and identify the root cause of the problem,” said Watson. “Once we were able to gain visibility of what was actually happening on the link, it became very clear what we needed to do.”

The disaster recovery application was using almost all the network capacity. DR had to be scaled back to 8 Mbps in order to save 2 Mbps of capacity for other business-critical applications. The Silver Peak Virtual Acceleration Open Architecture (VXOA) software was quickly installed and started optimising traffic, at which point packet loss and jitter were removed from the link, data was compressed by over 80%, and throughput of 60 Mbps was achieved over a 10 Mbps link.

When Watson and his team looked for similar solutions, they found that Silver Peak was the only vendor able to provide all of the above benefits. Additionally, Silver Peak software proved to be very affordable compared to competitive hardware-based products.

“We were amazed when Silver Peak’s solution far exceeded our WAN performance target. The Silver Peak software achieved between more than 80% compression on DR, and network traffic dropped from flat-out on 10 Mbps to less than 3 Mbps on average. Actual throughput was greater than 60 Mbps on a 10 Mbps connection.  The performance is incredible and the results have been stunning – beyond belief,” added Watson.

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