We started an SD-WAN POC immediately, and it brought an instant improvement to our user experience … by bringing in additional bandwidth and bonding it together.
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is a global organization providing cutting-edge medicine and advocacy to more than 200,000 patients in 28 countries with 70 branches. The network is based on a hub-and-spoke model providing hosted MPLS services from the main data center to all the branch offices. By deploying NetScaler SD-WAN optimization at their data centers and branch offices, AHF was able to reduce bandwidth usage and expenses by 50 percent.
For WAN traffic optimization, AHF reviewed and conducted proof of concept (POC) on Riverbed Steelhead and Citrix CloudBridge. In the POC, Citrix products offered better optimization and prioritization of both ICA and VoIP traffic than Riverbed Steelhead.
Royal Caribbean Cruises’ Citrix environment enables the company to expand its global footprint at a far lower cost—a massive savings in both capital and operational expenditures. The company has seen a 30 percent reduction in bandwidth usage, along with improved reliability and a better user experience.
The Danish AgriFish Agency's employees work at sea, where mobile coverage is extremely limited. Yet these crews still need access to IT applications, such as Microsoft Office, to perform their jobs and communicate with people on shore. Previously, sailing close enough to shore to get a solid mobile connection took crews away from where they needed to perform inspections, while satellite connections were costly. Now the sea crews use NetScaler SD-WAN to automatically select cellular or satellite communication links, depending on local conditions, so that traffic flows across the best connection without any manual intervention.
CloudBridge consolidates multiple connections, so now the control vessel can make use of 3G/4G/LTE from all four cellular suppliers and satellite at the same time. The mobile coverage is increased dramatically.
For restaurant management company HMSHost, delivering critical operating applications—point of sale, voice telephony, data—is key to their business success. They turned to NetScaler SD-WAN for WAN optimization, application acceleration, storage replication acceleration, video caching, secure tunneling, quality-of-service assurance, and flexible centralized management—all in a single, unified platform. The NetScaler SD-WAN product immediately impressed HMSHost’s IT group with its ease of use and ability to coexist in a production environment without disturbing the legacy optimization solution.
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Cornerstone Home Lending is the 12th-largest retail mortgage company in the United States and the 32nd-largest retail lender overall. The company’s customer-focused loan officers, plus in-house processing, underwriting, and funding, ensure that it delivers competitive financing and on-time closings. But employees working from Cornerstone’s 84 branches grappled with severe performance problems when processing loans. Cornerstone loan officers must access the company’s core loan-origination software and upload large files containing loan applications and other customer information—a process that previously took at least three hours. The Citrix solution shaves that time to less than 45 minutes.
Once we laid out a vision for the next three to five years and saw how fast new branches needed to come online, Citrix was a no-brainer for us. We did a proof of concept in our West Coast offices and saw an immediate performance improvement for loan origination.