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…Joint research conducted by Computer Weekly indicates that UK businesses are moving to browser-based applications but are unclear on how best to proceed….

LONDON, UK (26TH OCTOBER 2004), Research commissioned by Redline Networks and Computer Weekly shows that of the 500 senior UK-based IT staff questioned (including managers, directors and project leaders) almost 50% of them are now ready to make business applications available to employees in their organisations via the web and an additional 20% said they would be ready to do so by the end of 2005. The main drivers for this are to make organisations more flexible (73%), manage legacy systems better (54%), cut IT costs (50%) and increase employee productivity (43%). The most common applications that respondents wanted to browser enable are databases (78%), CRM systems (53%) and ERP system applications (36%).

However, despite the fact that the vast majority of organisations surveyed in the research wanted to browser enable their applications, when it came to how best to achieve this the lack of education in the market was clearly evident. The majority (71%) felt that buying more bandwidth was the key, others (53%) thought that increasing storage capacity was the answer, 41% thought faster processors and 29% thought storage management software was key.

Speaking about the results of the research, Paul Gracie, European Sales Director at Redline Networks, said: “This research highlights many of the common misconceptions that we see in the enquiries we receive from companies that want to increase the performance of browser enabled applications. Many organisations invested heavily in servers and network upgrades, then soon realized that the payoff of such approaches is limited.

“By reducing the hardware requirements in the data centre and the amount of bandwidth required, Redline’s enterprise application processors not only meet the issue of application performance in a browser environment head-on, but also reduce both the IT and bandwidth costs into the bargain as testified to by the dozens of organisations using our products for this purpose in the UK and Europe.”

As Antony Savvas points out in his Computer Weekly article: “With companies increasingly relying on the web to run their businesses, there is growing pressure on the server infrastructures that they use, with performance degradation becoming a wider problem. An average company in the top 100 is probably using about 1,000 unique applications and, since most applications are expected to be considered for web-based working at some time, performance is an issue that has to be addressed.”

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About Redline Networks
Redline Networks designs and manufactures network appliances that maximize the performance, flexibility and scalability of Web-enabled enterprise data centres. The company's family of E|X enterprise application processors, deployed at corporate data centres, and T|X Web I/O processors, used by Web sites, enable users to control and customize any HTTP-based environment while reducing infrastructure cost and complexity. Redline is a privately-held company based in Campbell, California. For more information on Redline and its products, visit

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Ascendant Communications
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