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UASC cuts bandwidth costs by 70%

Blue Coat appliance helps connect four data centres and cut costs for United Arab Shipping Company

The Blue Coat appliances have improved connection between UASC's data centres.
The Blue Coat appliances have improved connection between UASC's data centres.

United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), the largest shipping line in the Middle East, has turned to Blue Coat's proxy appliances to help it improve connectivity between its data centres.

The Kuwait-headquartered cargo line has deployed Blue Coat ProxySG appliance to optimize and secure data communications between its four data centres.

The data centres, which are spread across the Middle East and south east Asia, handle core applications for UASC including core applications, such as email, data recovery solutions and a shipping solution called TRUST.

The Blue Coat appliances have improved the performance of the connection, and helped UASC to manage the high bandwidth costs of the Middle East, with company estimating it has reduced bandwidth costs by 70%, with projected savings of $250,000 this year alone.

The improvement in application and content delivery has also given the company performance and productivity gains, for example cutting the time its Global Reporting System to generate a report from 16 minutes to two.

Ashraf Jamal, IT network and security manager for UASC commented: "High bandwidth costs forced us to find another solution that would allow us to optimally utilize our existing bandwidth, accelerate our business-critical applications and data transfers, and at the same time provide a sophisticated level of policy control and security.

"Among all the vendors we evaluated, Blue Coat scored the highest on each of the above parameters and provided a single transparent reporting module that could simplify our business processes," he added.

"For many companies like UASC, throwing bandwidth at application performance issues is not a feasible solution due to the high costs of bandwidth and the limitations of what increased bandwidth can accomplish," said Nidal Taha, regional director for the Middle East and Turkey at Blue Coat Systems. "ProxySG appliances deliver immediate and dramatic improvements in performance by optimizing the existing bandwidth between branch offices and the data centers where they access applications."