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…Leading UK Regional Public Authority uses Redline to speed Web site performance, reduce bandwidth and data centre costs….
One of the UK’s largest regional authorities has improved its Web site performance by 40 percent and reduced bandwidth requirements by 22% on HTML and 50% on CSS served by the web servers after installing Redline Networks' E|X enterprise application processor.
Surrey County Council, with a million-plus population and a workforce of 23,000 to administer, deployed the Redline E|X appliance on its network to speed access to its Web site for members of the public using its "e-Government" services. The E|X provides a comprehensive set of data centre functions on a single platform – including load balancing, data compression, connection management and content manipulation – to make an organisation's servers operate more efficiently.
Having looked at a number of solutions to meet its load balancing requirements, Surrey County Council decided to purchase the Redline Networks E|X, which was recommended and supplied by Cable & Wireless, one of Redline’s main partners and resellers in the UK.
Jane Heatlie, Web Capability Manager at Surrey County Council, said: “We decided that Redline’s E|X product offered the best value and functionality in one product that could meet our growing requirements. Redline had been recommended as a means of using the bandwidth in a more effective way during a consultancy project we had commissioned in 2003.”
“We noticed an immediate improvement in performance as soon as the E|X box was installed and switched on,” said Heatlie. “Download times for our home page speeded up from 15 seconds to nine seconds, a 40 percent improvement.”
“The Redline box also exposed problems with one of our two Domino Web servers that we hadn’t previously been aware of. We were able to rectify these issues and use the E|X to provide seamless transfer between the servers due to its load balancing functionality.”
In addition, Redline’s E|X box has enabled the council to lower its website bandwidth usage by 22 percent. “By reducing our bandwidth consumption we were also able to extend the life of our current bandwidth contract, which has bought us valuable time to plan our next stage of bandwidth provisioning and purchase,” said Heatlie. “The E|X product has allowed us to utilise the full processing capacity of our Domino servers. Previously, we did not have load balancing nor did we have seamless failover.”
“The Redline E|X has given us increased resilience for our data centre and Web site, reduced our bandwidth requirements, increased the performance of our Web site and given us a growth path due to its built-in functionality beyond our current requirements,” concludes Heatlie.
Paul Gracie, EMEA Sales Director at Redline Networks, says: “As organisations gear up to provide a greater number of applications and services online, the performance of their network infrastructure and the Internet to cope with these new bandwidth-heavy demands is critical to the success of these projects. Other considerations include data centre capacity and running costs to provide necessary processing and support capabilities. Redline’s E|X product allows organisations to ensure network performance without big investments in infrastructure upgrades, as well as reducing bandwidth requirements, costs and actually reducing the ‘Web tier’ of servers within the data centre by taking processing and load balancing away from Web servers.”
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 http://www.RedlineNetworks.com.
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