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Expand Networks Wins Reznick Group for Superior Citrix XenApp Acceleration
Expand Networks, the leader in optimizing WANs for branch office consolidation and virtualization, today announced that Reznick Group, a top 20 national public accounting firm, has chosen Expand Networks’ WAN Optimization technology and professional services to accelerate the delivery of its business applications across its dispersed workforce. Chosen for its superior Citrix ICA acceleration, Expand Networks’ Accelerators are providing Reznick Group employees with a virtual proximity experience, bridging the proximity gap between users and their applications and datacenter services to maximize productivity.

For Reznick Group’s overseas users, quick and reliable access to the internal accounting system is critical to enable them to efficiently process workflows for the organizations audit and tax services. However, as the data never leaves the United States, the users access all the business information via Citrix ICA using secured thin client computers. David Forrestall, Sr. Manager of Security at Reznick, comments, “Our role is to ensure all users to have access to the tools and applications that enable them to do the work the need to do. It was clear we needed to maximize the bandwidth available to us, as network performance was affecting productivity. We needed an optimization solution that would help us to reduce the long screen delays the users were experiencing and reduce network congestion to make this efficiency a reality.”

Reznick Group chose Expand Networks over, Cisco, Juniper and Riverbed because of superior ICA performance. Forrestall explains, “Expand compresses and accelerates ICA traffic better than its competitors. With 95% of our traffic being over Citrix, the decision was easy.”

Reznick Group has completed the implementation of Expand Network Accelerators and according to Forrestall the large gains in performance were immediately visible, “Not only were the network statistics impressive but the performance was also noticed by the users, whose previous frustrations with network delays are now non-existent.”

Expand Networks’ Accelerator’s deliver a consistent 300% Citrix ICA acceleration over the WAN, with peaks of up to 1,000%. At Reznick Group, Expand’s integrated technology is successfully applying techniques such as Layer 7 QoS to protect ICA sessions performance, whilst the protocol acceleration is enabling Reznick Group to speed larger ICA transfers over the WAN.

With the projects a success, Forrestall is considering other areas where Expand Networks technology can accelerate the organization’s traffic in the US and implement the Mobile Accelerator Client, with unique HIVE technology to support its mobile users. He explains;

“The easy configuration and implementation of the Accelerator meant that it was up and running very quickly indeed. Expand has been very supportive and responsive throughout the implementation, and the product clearly delivers on its promises. We’d now like to replicate the efficiency savings across other areas of our organization, and I think the newly launched Mobile Client will be a great fit.”

Adam Davison, Corporate VP Expand Networks, concludes, “With Expand, all applications can be optimized, regardless of the protocol used. We are the only WAN Optimization provider that can accelerate Microsoft Terminal Services RDP, EDP and Citrix ICA through both a physical appliance as well as a virtual setting. For Reznick Group, who required acceleration for the bandwidth-intensive ICA protocol, the Accelerator’s have successfully brought the users into virtual proximity of their datacenter services, whilst our protocol agnostic approach guarantees the longevity of their investment. Reznick Group can be safe in the knowledge the solution will accelerate all the advanced protocols available today and into the future as multi-protocol environments become a reality.”

Published Thursday, August 13, 2009 6:30 PM by David Marshall
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