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Expand wins Grocon and cuts service provider costs by over $150,000 a year

  • 14 May, 2009 19:00

<p><b>Sydney, AUST., – 14th May 2008</b> – Expand Networks, a leading provider of application acceleration solutions over the Wide Area Network (WAN), today announced that Grocon Pty Ltd, Australia’s leading privately owned development and construction group, has implemented Expand Networks’ WAN optimisation technology, saving more than $150,000 per year in service provider costs.</p>
<p>Grocon implemented Expand Accelerators to optimise the traffic flow between building project sites and HQ. By improving data speeds over the WAN, Grocon has been able to renegotiate its private MPLS IP WAN bandwidth allocation to reduce service provider costs from $24,000 to $11,000 per month. Expand Accelerators have made collaboration between sites a reality, improved productivity and secured Grocon’s knowledge management processes.</p>
<p>Philip Pearson, ICT manager for Grocon comments; “Consistently slow application response times – up to 15 minutes in some instances – meant many employees were saving files locally to avoid transferring them across the network. Multiple file versions stored locally meant our back-up procedures were not being properly followed. Now, with the Expand Accelerators in place, we are able to pre-cache relevant shared documents so that the files are quick to download and employees are not tempted to save files locally on their desktop.”</p>
<p>Steve O’Brien, Vice President of Expand Networks APAC explains; “Grocon’s workforce is scattered around project sites and therefore relies on effective collaboration technologies to link the teams together. It was no surprise to us to learn that they were struggling to cope with their 2Mb links back to headquarters when they were trying to transfer large CAD files with absolutely no prioritisation measures in place. Unlike other WAN optimisation solutions which offer network based QoS, Expand has superior application level QoS to ensure applications run unimpeded on the WAN. Not only has Grocon improved operations, but it has reduced its network capacity requirements to see a return on investment in just 14 months on service provider costs alone.”</p>
<p>Expand Networks’ Accelerators use low latency, lossless techniques that work on all applications to consistently deliver average bandwidth increases between 100 per cent and 400 percent. Expand's automatic Layer 7 application discovery Quality of Service (QoS) enforcement also ensures that applications run unimpeded on the WAN. This is not just prioritisation, but also includes sophisticated algorithms to combat congestion, mark packets for downstream QoS handling and rate control shaping to make sure data flows get the bandwidth they need.
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<p>About Grocon Pty Ltd
From its creation in the 1950s as a small family concreting business, Grocon Pty Ltd has grown to become Australia's leading privately owned development and construction group. Employing between 300 and 1,200 full time staff and contractors at any one time, Grocon operates across Australia and into the Middle East. Past projects include the 2006 renovation of the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the restoration of the iconic Heritage GPO in Martin Place, Sydney.</p>
<p>About Expand Networks
Expand Networks is the pioneer and leader in the WAN Optimization market and is positioned by Gartner Inc. in the ‘Leaders’ quadrant in its Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization Controllers, 2007[i]. Expand helps organizations simplify their IT infrastructure while delivering remote offices fast, reliable and secure access to networked applications. This results in improved user productivity and cost-effective IT management. Expand offers a multi-service integrated platform that ensures superior performance for any application over any network. From its headquarters in Roseland, NJ and its global locations, Expand Networks (www.expand.com) serves more than 3,500 enterprise and public sector customers in over 100 countries including: American Express, Bacardi USA, BMW, Continental Airlines, Carr America, Colgate, Elizabeth Arden, Reed Exhibitions, Target and United States Department of Defense with over 40,000 units deployed and over 2,000 MS Terminal Services and Citrix customers. Expand is the largest supplier of WAN Optimization products to US Government and Military agencies (greater than 6,000 units) and also has the most units deployed at a single corporate location, (4,500).</p>
<p>Expand Networks, Accelerator, Expand Compass, ExpandView are trademarks of Expand Networks. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Gartner Research “Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization Controllers 2007” by Andy Rolfe and Joe Skorupa. Published December 14, 2007. Report ID Number G00153256</p>
<p>Press Contact:
Brooke Radich, Kinetics PR. (02) 9212 3848 or brooke@kinetics.com.au</p>

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