Packaging firm delivers with WAN optimisation

Drinks packaging firm Sidel, a division of Tetra Laval, is implementing optimisation software to improve business processes, collaboration and productivity across a 43-location wide area network (WAN).

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Drinks packaging firm Sidel, a division of Tetra Laval, is implementing optimisation software to improve business processes, collaboration and productivity across a 43-location wide area network (WAN).

Sidel said the implementation of optimisation software, from Riverbed Technology, was important as it needed to transmit information effectively across a network of sales, engineering, fabrications, project management, installation activities and after-sales staff round the world.

The WAN also has to carry traffic from customer factories that are connected to Sidel’s headquarters for diagnostics, remote monitoring and performance assessment.

Rather than simply spending money on increasing bandwidth, with no guarantee of acceptable performance or speeds in remote locations, the packaging firm opted for WAN acceleration technologies as more cost effective.

Edigio Ghinelli, VP information technology at Sidel, said users were quickly experiencing strong improvements in performance as the Riverbed software was implemented. He added: "After completing the installation, we expect to reduce our bandwidth costs, but the main benefit that we get from Riverbed is LAN (local area network)-like performance for our remote users now and in the future, thanks to Riverbed's inherent flexibility."

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