Application acceleration improves the user experience to drive greater adoption and improves the efficiency of underlying infrastructure to reduce capital and operational costs. Offloading compute-intensive functions from servers, enabling application-aware traffic management and optimizing the flow of traffic over wide area networks, application acceleration solutions extract maximum performance and ROI from investments in application infrastructure.
Array load balancing solutions offload CPU-intensive connection management tasks onto dedicated appliances, allowing servers to spend a greater number of cycles processing client requests. In handling social media, legacy protocols and other chatty applications, connection multiplexing is capable of aggregating millions of client connections into fewer, longer-lived back-end connections that improve server efficiency by 50% or more.
Processing SSL also consumes a massive number of server cycles as a result of intensive bulk encryption and decryption, a burden that will only increase as businesses migrate from 1024-bit SSL to the more secure and computationally intense 2048-bit SSL standard. Offloading SSL from servers to dedicated Array SSL accelerators, businesses can do more with less while maximizing their ability to support secure applications, transactions and Web content.
In addition to improving application performance by offloading connection handling and SSL encryption, Array load balancing solutions can apply caching, compression and traffic shaping to further improve application performance. Enabling caching, client requests can be served from memory to achieve faster seek times while simultaneously freeing up cycles on backend servers. Applying compression, data retrieved from servers can be optimized to more efficiently utilize bandwidth; by reducing the amount of data sent over the network, compression allows businesses to do more with less while at the same time improving response times for end users. For businesses that need to ensure mission-critical applications take precedence over non-essential traffic, traffic shaping may be applied to guarantee bandwidth and maintain SLAs.
To help businesses tune applications for maximum performance, Array provides deployment guides and configuration blueprints for individual enterprise applications. Load balancing deployment guides, tested and certified by Microsoft, SAP, eClinicalWorks and others, take the guesswork out of ensuring maximum performance and availability, while WAN optimization blueprints ensure that Office, SharePoint, Outlook, CIFS, MAPI, HTML, IBM, SAP and others common enterprise applications operate as efficiently as possible over wide area networks.
WAN optimization reduces responses times for applications accessed over wide area networks by minimizing the traffic that travels between remote offices and data centers, public and private clouds and remote users. By mitigating the effects of limited bandwidth, high latency, packet loss and network congestion on application performance, WAN optimization reduces end-user response times by 95% or more and ensures a LAN-like experience regardless where users access applications and data.
Because WAN optimization appliances are not cost-effective or practical for remote users, a mobile client is provided to accelerate traffic between individual devices and WAN optimization appliances in the data center or cloud. Installing Array mobile clients, bandwidth consumption is commonly reduced by 60-95% and files download up to 20 times faster to produce a computing experience optimized for higher overall productivity.