Addressing apps

WAN bandwidth optimisation specialist Peribit Networks has added application flow acceleration (AppFlow) technology, to its canon of optimisation techniques.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  April 12, 2005

WAN bandwidth optimisation specialist Peribit Networks has added application flow acceleration (AppFlow) technology, to its canon of optimisation techniques. The AppFlow technology is a strategic enhancement to Peribit Networks’ integrated PeriSphere architecture, which is designed to enable IT departments to consolidate and centralise servers while delivering LAN-like application performance to branch-office users. AppFlow is used to speed up the performance of Microsoft Exchange, file services, and web-based applications over wide area networks (WANs). Peribit has not included tools for Oracle and SAP applications but plans to add these to later version of its Perisphere architecture. “Oracle and SAP applications are not as chatty as applications such as Microsoft Exchange, file services, and web-based applications, which is why we have focused on these first,” says John Rea, regional director, Peribit Networks. The AppFlow technology accelerates the performance of applications based on three specific protocols: the Messaging Application Programming Interface (MAPI) used by Exchange; Microsoft CIFS; and HTTP. The implementation of all three AppFlow techniques is fully transparent to clients and does not interfere with normal client-to-server communications resulting in fail-safe operation. Peribit says it has dramatically increased its business in the last year, jumping from approximately 400 customers to more than 850 and says it has shipped more than 10,000 units. One year ago it had shipped 4,000. Peribit has enjoyed a string of high profile wins in the region, particularly in the banking and energy sectors, with the National Drilling Company one notable example. They company plans to go public in June this year and anticipates that this will lead to scramble by companies looking to buy-out the burgeoning start-up. Peribit Networks has also announced the SM-250 and SM-500 Cluster, two new additions to the Sequence Mirror (SM) product family, and version 5.1 of the Sequence Reduction System (SRS) software. The SM-250 will be available in April at a starting price of US$4,995. The SM-250 supports link speeds from 128 Kbps to 2 Mbps. The SM-500 Cluster is also available this month, and list prices start at US$35,500. SRS version 5.1, which includes AppFlow technology, will be available in April. AppFlow technology is supported on the full range of Sequence Reducer and Sequence Mirror platforms. Customers on current Peribit support contracts receive this software release for free.

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