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Alacritech Boosts GIS Mapping

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Alacritech Inc., the leader of innovative data-delivery technology, today announced that Boone County, in central Missouri, has improved its GIS software application performance and provided seamless and quicker availability to thousands of maps and aerial photos of the county through the use of Alacritechs Network Accelerator cards. The GIS information provides valuable information used by tens of thousands of home owners, architects, contractors, hunters and hikers as well as mortgage companies and banks, with more than 150,000 requests for maps processed each month. Provided free of charge to residents and local businesses, the maps contain data ranging from traffic, zoning and geologic information to registered offender lists and voting districts.

Since the GIS mapping requires heavy image and data loads, it previously wreaked havoc on the county’s GIS systems, taking up nearly 2 TBs of storage capacity, 98 percent of which include high-quality parcel maps and aerial photographs. With the adoption of Alacritech’s Accelerators, the TCP processing burden has been taken off of the processor and placed on the network card. Jason Warzinik, GIS Program Manager for the county, estimates that by allowing the server to focus exclusively on application processing and data serving, the Alacritech Scalable Network Accelerators have improved Boone County’s server throughput by 50 percent, shortening the average map generation time from five seconds to two.

“Performance was really weighing heavily on my mind as I deployed the new GIS applications,” Warzinik said. “It was really important that people actually used the software, and if it took more than five or ten seconds to pull up a map, they weren’t likely to use it. It was important that we got this right the first time.”

Alacritech Inc.