Law Firm Selects Silver Peak for WAN Optimization as it Moves into the Cloud

Implementation of WAN Optimization Simplified the Migration to the Cloud, Reduced the Operating Costs of the Data Network, and Ensures a Consistent Desktop Experience throughout Thomson Snell & Passmore

LONDON, Oct. 19, 2011 — Silver Peak Systems , the leader in data center class wide area network (WAN) optimization, has been deployed by Thomson Snell & Passmore to optimize its networks in order to support the firm’s migration to a cloud based infrastructure.  By deploying Silver Peak’s WAN optimization solution across both its offices and hosted data center in Reading, Thomson Snell & Passmore has simplified its network infrastructure and ensured a consistent desktop experience across its offices.  In addition, Silver Peak enabled the company to migrate its legacy data to the new infrastructure in a matter of days, a task that was going to take a matter of weeks.

Faced with an outdated IT infrastructure, Thomson Snell & Passmore decided to move house, effectively building a completely new infrastructure in the cloud with Microsoft Office 10, SharePoint, and Pilgrim Systems Lawsoft (PMS) all delivered via Citrix XenApps

With the unique opportunity to build a best-practice network from the ground up with a new multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) network, the firm looked to one of Silver Peak’s leading UK solution providers, Response Data Communications (RDC), for WAN optimization solutions to ensure network stability and guarantee the operational and financial success of its business-critical applications.

“As we moved all our applications into the cloud, it became all the more imperative that our underlying network infrastructure be optimised to support the increased traffic demand,” said David Bennett, head of information systems at Thomson Snell & Passmore.  “Silver Peak’s WAN optimization solution is the perfect fit for our company as it has allowed us to take full advantage of our cloud infrastructure without having to invest in additional bandwidth or extra WAN capacity.  In addition, RDC got us up and running in the cloud weeks ahead of schedule, which saved the company significant time and money.” 

The success of cloud initiatives is dependent on the underlying WAN infrastructure, often plagued by bandwidth limitations, latency, and packet loss.  This can prevent some applications from functioning well in a cloud environment, especially when delivered using virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) protocols, as is being done by Thomson Snell & Passmore.  In addition, it can make migrating to the cloud difficult when large amounts of data must be moved.  In the case of Thomson Snell & Passmore, there are over 3.5 million documents, mailboxes, and records that needed to be migrated – a daunting task that should have taken weeks to complete.

This drove a need for more flexible WAN optimization that can be cost-effectively deployed across private and public networks – from the cloud, to data centers and branch offices.

Silver Peak’s WAN optimization solutions employ real-time network optimization techniques to optimise cloud deployments.  This includes Network Acceleration to overcome WAN latency, Network Integrity to correct packet delivery issues and prioritise time sensitive traffic, and Network Memory to maximise WAN bandwidth utilization.  The result is maximum cloud performance across the widest range of applications and WAN environments. 

“WAN optimization is fast becoming a necessity to support branch to branch and data center traffic as more and more companies such as Thomson Snell & Passmore choose to implement cloud services,” said Jason Evans, managing director at Response Data Communications.  “By overcoming common bandwidth, latency and packet loss issues, Silver Peak’s solutions are able to deliver a consistent remote user experience and provide optimum performance across all business critical applications – ensuring a rapid return on investment.”

“This is an excellent example of how our solution can afford peace of mind for companies who are increasingly relying on the performance of their network infrastructure for business critical operations,” said Mike Betz, vice president of EMEA sales at Silver Peak.  “We are delighted that Silver Peak’s solution has enabled Thomson Snell & Passmore to take full advantage of its new 100 percent cloud infrastructure – allowing it to benefit from significant time and cost savings from the outset.”

About Response Data Communications
RDC delivers leading edge, secure, high performance enterprise communications solutions and services that optimise technology, time and costs for our customers. Working on a focused set of complementary technologies, Response Data Communications have the knowledge and experience to ensure successful integration with existing environments, while maximising the effectiveness and efficiency of the overall solution.

About Silver Peak Systems, Inc.
Silver Peak is the leader in data center class WAN optimization appliances that maximize WAN performance while minimizing WAN costs. The company’s Virtual Acceleration Open Architecture (VXOA) delivers unprecedented scalability and flexibility, enabling rapid deployment of WAN optimization on any platform, any hypervisor, anywhere within an enterprise.  Silver Peak’s WAN optimization solutions are strategic enablers for large IT initiatives, including data center consolidation, data migration, cloud computing, disaster recovery, server centralization, and hosted virtual desktops (VDI). For more information, visit the Silver Peak InfoCenter .