Application Acceleration

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.

Challenge

  • Prevent overburdened servers from negatively impacting application performance
  • Reduce response and transaction times for Websites, cloud services,e-commerce and business-critical applications
  • Accelerate the performance of enterprise applications, file shares, Web content, email and voice and video across wide area networks
  • Improve application performance for remote workers
  • Maximize the performance of individual applications

Solution

  • Load balance application traffic; offload compute-intensive functions such as SSL encryption and TCP connection processing from servers
  • Caching, compression, connection multiplexing, SSL acceleration and traffic shaping for improving application performance by up to 5x
  • WAN optimization for prioritizing and compressing data and eliminating the transmission of redundant data across wide area connections
  • Mobile client for optimizing performance to and from remote devices
  • Deployment guides with optimized settings for specific applications

 

Load Balancing, Traffic Management and WAN Optimization for Application Acceleration

Application AccelerationAchieving the highest levels of application performance requires optimizing servers and network connections as well as tuning applications to deliver a superior experience for a broad range of end-user profiles.

Deployed as stand-alone solutions or as part of holistic solutions for application acceleration, Array application delivery controllers and WAN optimization controllers maximize the efficiency of servers and network connections and provide the application intelligence essential for optimizing performance to any user, anywhere and accelerating your business.

 

Offloading Servers


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.

Application Acceleration


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


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.

Mobile Acceleration


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.

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