WALTHAM, Mass. -- Ipanema Technologies, a leader in application traffic management systems for wide area networks (WANs), today announced that one of the largest producers and distributors of resilient floorings worldwide has implemented its solution to guarantee critical application performance.
The Tarkett Group is an innovative and global company, present in more than 50 countries and operating 26 production centers in 11 countries. Tarketts WAN is composed of 80 sites including four data centers and 25 production sites. The network is used by highly critical applications like SAP and Cognos. Following several mergers and acquisitions, the IT department realized it was time to review its network management environment.
In order to optimize the network costs and performance, Tarkett decided to migrate its WAN to MPLS using Class of Service (CoS). CoS manages network traffic by grouping similar types of traffic (for example, e-mail, streaming video, voice) together and treating each type as a class with its own level of service priority. Unfortunately, CoS proved to be an insufficient approach, as it does not permit dynamic application performance management according to business priorities. Furthermore, Tarkett found it could no longer exploit existing traffic measurement solutions on the frame relay network, generating a complete loss of visibility of WAN application use and performance.
To address these issues, Tarkett implemented a WAN optimization solution from Ipanema, which was administered by managed service provider e-Qual. Some 38 sites were equipped with physical IP engines and another 40 with virtual IP engines.