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Insurer gains high-speed file access with acceleration technology

Arif Mohamed

An insurance company has solved the problem of sending large files between its London, Bermuda, Paris and US offices by deploying an appliance server that gives the offices fast remote access to files held centrally in London.

Aspen Insurance UK and sister firm Aspen Insurance have implemented Packeteer's iShared acceleration technology to share data more efficiently between its global offices.

Packeteer's iShared wide area file and branch office appliances allow users to open, save and manage files remotely across the Wan at near-Lan speeds.

Aspen said that its 400 employees would benefit from faster remote file access, particularly the Bermuda-based underwriting team, which has a close working relationship with London.

The company also set up file access at its new Paris offices but did not need to install dedicated servers at the location as data was transferred directly across the network.

“In an industry where quick response time is everything, these solutions allow us to react quickly to requests and beat our competitors to the business,” said James Harrison, technical office design manager.

“So successful was the implementation in Paris, London and Bermuda that we are now looking to roll this out in our US remote offices in Georgia and Arizona,” he added. “We believe that the cost savings and efficiency achieved in Europe can be easily replicated in the US.”

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