Top Law Firm Optimizes VDI and Replication with Silver Peak

Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP Reduces IT Costs while Improving Application Delivery and Disaster Recovery Processes

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 14, 2012 —Law firms commonly rely on the wide area network (WAN) to share files, communicate with clients, and back-up data. Unfortunately, these networks often lack the flexibility to react to fast-paced changes in daily demands. Top real estate law firm Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP (“Cox, Castle”) experienced this first-hand with application performance challenges using the firm’s Citrix virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). This was compounded by the ongoing cost of adding bandwidth to keep up with growing replication demands to the disaster recovery site.

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Cox, Castle searched for a solution that would future-proof their network; one that would automatically optimize any new applications they deployed, and would scale to meet growing traffic demands across a lower-cost multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) network.  Silver Peak emerged as the clear leader in WAN optimization to meet the firm’s requirements. 

“It was like adding lanes to a freeway,” said Erica Greathouse, technology director at Cox, Castle. “You no sooner get it built than it fills to capacity, and you’re back to gridlock. That is exactly what we faced with our network before Silver Peak.  Silver Peak’s WAN optimization allows us to leverage the bandwidth we already have and provide a more consistent user experience, improving our network connectivity in a way that was perceptible to our users.”

Silver Peak was selected over the competition because of the product’s support for Citrix VDI, as well as all other applications—out of the box. The IT team also quickly realized the advantages of Silver Peak’s Virtual Acceleration Open Architecture (VXOA), which automatically learns new traffic and self-tunes the optimization for all applications traversing the WAN, regardless of protocol, application or application version. The firm has improved the efficiency and speed of Citrix VDI traffic, and other centralized applications such as its litigation support database, for remote users. Replication processes to the disaster recovery site have also been accelerated by more than 8x.

“I can’t tell you today what our traffic demands might be tomorrow,” says Greathouse. “One of the great things about Silver Peak’s VXOA is that it allows us to not think about optimizing our environment—it just does it.”

Today, Cox, Castle views Silver Peak as an insurance policy that automatically takes care of unknown future traffic demands and new applications.

About Silver Peak Systems, Inc.
Silver Peak is the leader in data center class WAN optimization. The company’s Virtual Acceleration Open Architecture (VXOA) delivers unprecedented scalability and flexibility, enabling rapid deployment of WAN optimization anywhere and on any platform or hypervisor. 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 or follow Silver Peak on Twitter , Facebook , YouTube , LinkedIn , and the WAN Speak Blog .