Bank AlJazira tackles bandwidth bottlenecks

Bank AlJazira, the Saudi Arabian financial institution has deployed Peribit’s WAN acceleration products to improve application performance on its network, which is spread over 16 locations throughout the Kingdom, leading to a reduction in network traffic by more than 75%.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  December 1, 2004

Bank AlJazira, the Saudi Arabian financial institution has deployed Peribit’s WAN acceleration products to improve application performance on its network in more than 16 locations throughout the Kingdom, leading to a reduction in network traffic of over 75%. Bank AlJazira operates 22 branches covering all major business areas throughout the Kingdom. Having recently installed state-of-the-art computers systems, the bank was faced bandwidth bottlenecks across network, which connects all of its remote sites, ATM network, mutual fund trading, the national SPAN network and other services such as internet and phone banking. “Upgrading the WAN and increasing speed was not an option due to time constraints, higher costs and availability in certain locations,” explains Abdel Karrem Friehat, division manager-technology, Bank AlJazira. “We needed a faster, more cost effective solution. Having tested Peribit, our decision was straightforward. The ease of use of the technology and its comprehensive PeriSphere architecture is what sealed the deal for us.” The vendor’s products resolve the technical limitations of WANs by increasing available bandwidth and accelerating applications through its PeriSphere architecture using Molecular Sequence Reduction (MSR) technology and Packet Flow Acceleration (PFA). By deploying the vendor’s SR-50 and SR-20 sequence reducers across all branches of the bank network, AlJazira has overcome the impact of latency on TCP/IP based applications, which is especially important when dealing with remote sites connected via satellite-based WAN links such as the bank’s branches. Peribit also promises a measurable return on investment (ROI) within months of deployment for Bank AlJazira. By deploying Peribit technology, the Saudi Bank claims to improved key services including ‘Tadawul’, its centrally located equities trading application, which provides its customers real time pricing information, market news and other market data that aids stock trading. The reduced data levels coupled with latency reduction has also enhanced the overall network quality says Friehat. “Easy installation, unsurpassed performance and real time monitoring and reporting are just some of the advantages that have driven leading organisations in the region to deploy our sequence reducers,” adds Shane Buckley, president, international, Peribit Networks.

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