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Solutia Saves Big Bucks With WAN Optimization

Chemical firm slashes its networking budget by more than $130,000 a year

Rapidly expanding chemical manufacturer Solutia has shaved more than $130,000 off its annual IT costs by throwing its weight behind WAN optimization.

The company, which has 20 sites dotted across the U.S., Europe, and Asia, began its WAN optimization push in late 2004, according to Rahul Goturi, Solutias CIO.

Four years ago Solutia had just 5,000 employees, although this figure has now swelled to 6,000 thanks to Solutia’s 2007 acquisition of Flexsys, not to mention 1,500 contractors.

“As our company began to grow, we needed to figure out our additional bandwidth need,” says Goturi, explaining that the firm wanted to avoid placing additional expensive T1 links between each of its sites. “We either had to add more bandwidth to each site or look for an alternative.”

After scoping out options from Packeteer, now part of Blue Coat, and Riverbed, Solutia opted for the latter, deploying a Steelhead 5010 device at both its St. Louis, Missouri, HQ, and its data center in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

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