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Betfair’s bandwidth costs reduced by 33 percent and application performance accelerated by 20 percent

Guildford, Surrey – (Jan. 31, 2005) – NetScaler, Inc., the global leader in application delivery systems, announced that Betfair, the world’s largest online betting exchange, has deployed the NetScaler 9000 Series to improve response times, server performance and security of its betting service. Since deployed, NetScaler application delivery system has reduced bandwidth costs by 33 percent and accelerated application performance by 20 percent thereby significantly improving the end user experience and reducing the total cost of operations for Betfair.

Queen’s Award winner Betfair takes 300 bets per second or 1.5 million bets daily and continues to grow at a rapid rate, especially among international audiences. With page views tripling every year and currently standing at 100 million per day, it is imperative that the customer experience is responsive in this highly competitive marketplace. Betfair’s new multi-lingual site prompted the need to upgrade its infrastructure that would optimise its networks to deliver more secure, accelerated applications to a global audience. Betfair evaluated a range of competitive products in its high-end test labs, particularly focusing on compression and caching performance, and found that the NetScaler 9000 Series was the clear winner when tested among competing products.

“NetScaler is a young company but its product offering is one of the best on the market. The NetScaler devices offer a lot of features for the price tag, making them very cost-effective. Furthermore, the flexibility and power of the devices provide benefits that competitive product offerings are unable to deliver,” stated Rorie Devine, Infrastructure Director, Betfair. “NetScaler is enabling us to meet our business expectations and as our operation continues to expand internationally, we will be deploying NetScaler in other locations. NetScaler has proven to be an excellent partner for Betfair so far.”

"NetScaler’s next-generation solution is meeting the needs of real-time businesses, such as Betfair, that require highly responsive applications to customers and partners located around the world,” stated Mark Edge, Senior Director EMEA at NetScaler. “It has been a privilege for NetScaler to count Betfair among its customers, which has recently been awarded the CBI Company of the Year and the Daily Telegraph IT Director of the Year awards.

“After Betfair's exhaustive tests, Betfair confirmed that NetScaler was the only vendor that consistently surpassed its quoted performance numbers. We look forward to providing the infrastructure that will scale to their impressive growth projections," Edge concluded.

NetScaler 9000 Series application delivery systems provide industry-leading optimisation, Layer 4-7 switching, application security and SSL VPN capabilities to ensure that applications are continuously available, performing optimally and protected from application-layer attacks. The NetScaler solution accelerates and secures both Web and legacy applications offering anywhere access to end users such as customers, partners and employees.
About Betfair:
1. Betfair ( matches prices between punters, in the same was as the stock exchange does for shares. A betting exchange allows punters to bet on prices set by punters themselves rather than by a bookmaker.
2. Betfair was launched in June 2000 and is already the UK’s No 1 online betting company.
3. The company’s co-founders – former professional gambler Andrew Black and former JPMorgan vice-president Edward Wray – were jointly voted Ernst & Young Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year 2002. In April 2003 Betfair won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category. In 2004, Betfair won a National Business Award for the ‘Best Use of Technology’

About NetScaler
NetScaler provides networking systems that enable the fast and secure delivery of applications by integrating a unique suite of optimisation, security and switching capabilities. The NetScaler 9000 Series application delivery systems provide improved application performance and hardened security for many of the world's largest enterprises, content providers and e-commerce vendors while greatly reducing total cost of ownership. NetScaler headquarters are in San Jose, Calif. For more information, visit

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NetScaler Press Contact:
Gillie Tennant/Lynn Webster-Scott
Hoffman Europe
Tel: 07795 034068/01784 487920

Betfair Press Contact:
Caspar Hill
Tel: 020 8834 8222/07958 245042

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