SANTA CLARA, Calif., September 12, 2012 —Perth, Australia-based planning practice Greg Rowe and Associates (GRA) has overcome the challenges of distance by using software from Silver Peak to ensure fast and reliable communication between its remote offices across Western Australia, and to accelerate data replication for disaster recovery.
Offering services crucial to Australia’s mineral resources boom, GRA’s business was being hampered by a slow, unreliable network. Owing to the physical limitations of satellite networks and the vast distances involved, data transfers were taking too long, with an unacceptable degree of latency.
The company’s wide area network (WAN) connects offices in Mandurah, Geraldton, Port Hedland and the fly-in-fly-out town of Karratha, 1,538 kilometers (km) from the company’s head office. GRA sought a way to speed up the network and increase reliability.
After a comprehensive system requirements audit by local Australian firm Silver Fern IT , GRA’s drafting support manager David McCulloch deployed Silver Peak’s Virtual Acceleration Open Architecture (VXOA) software solution to accelerate data movement between data centers and branch offices. Following the deployment, McCulloch branded Silver Peak “a phenomenal experience so far.”
“We were quite a long way down the line with a competing brand, but due to the sheer volume of data transmitted with our drawing files and graphics, we were advised that Silver Peak would provide better speed with less latency,” said McCulloch. “Acting on that advice has really restored our faith in IT companies.”
The deployment had an immediate positive effect on GRA’s day-to-day business, with the implementation of both hardware and software described as branded “superb.”
“Reliability improved immediately, there has been zero downtime, and subsequently no productivity loss,” added McCulloch. “A faster, more reliable WAN has improved productivity, accelerated file transfers, improved communications, and made a dramatic difference to the speed of our daily disaster recovery (DR) backups. Now, we find ourselves in a period where IT just runs in the background—we simply don’t need to think about it.”
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