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Darlington Building Society optimises apps over Wan

Antony Savvas

Darlington Building Society has accelerated the performance of its business applications by as much as 2,000% by optimising a Wan set-up.

The building society has used Expand Networks' Compass platform to overcome application performance issues over Darlington's Wan.

Darlington Building Society has 13 branches across County Durham, the Tees Valley and North Yorkshire, and had made a significant investment in a new multi-protocol label switching (MPLS)-based network to provide more control over resources.

However, the migration to MPLS did not run as smoothly as expected, as specific financial and mortgage applications such as Tietoenator's Summit and Activate and other applications, including Microsoft Excel and Word, underperformed in the new MPLS environment.

Darlington Building Society selected the Expand Compass platform for its ability to accelerate all applications and safeguard the investment in MPLS.

"With the introduction of the MPLS network, we discovered that applications were running slower than with our previous 256kbps kilostream links and business efficiency was being affected," said Paul Gillson, computer development manager at Darlington Building Society.

"Expand has allowed us to protect our investment in MPLS and control the network more effectively," said Gillson. "The Expand Compass platform has helped us to cope with network demands and conduct our business more professionally."





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