WAN Data Acceleration Powers Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery (BC/DR) Project of the Year
Entry Description
PORTrockIT is deployed by companies such as IBM, Commvault, NetApp, and CVS Healthcare to mitigate the effects of latency and packet loss by using machine learning and artificial intelligence in ways that traditional WAN optimisation and SD-WAN solutions often fail to achieve. Reduction in network and data latency can lead to improved customer experiences. However, with the possibility of large congested data transfers to and from the cloud, latency and packet loss can have a considerable negative effect on data throughput. Without AI and machine intelligence solutions, the effects of latency and packet loss can inhibit data and back-up performance. CVS Healthcare has now expanded their back-up and recovery strategies, by using Bridgeworks’ products to achieve their ambitions.

IBM Spectrum Protect
PORTrockIT is integrated into the Nordic IT infrastructure company’s IBM Spectrum Protect offerings for high-speed disaster recovery. Yet it is not restricted to IBM users: it can be deployed by anyone that needs to mitigate the effects of latency and packet loss, helping to achieve results that can’t be attained through traditional methods, such as WAN optimisation due to the high cost of implementation and the move to compressed and encrypted data formats.
The performance objectives were achieved with IBM Spectrum Protect for the BaaS using Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP) as the methodology. The network latency within Nordic Region was 9 milliseconds with a WAN link of 10Gb/s with 2.5GBs used for the solution.
Many BaaS and DRaaS providers are restricted by distance before the effects of latency force them to build more access points, closer to their customers. With WAN Data Acceleration product PORTrockIT, the “reach out” from a single data centre can be massively enlarged. This means a single BaaS or DRaaS data centre can cover a greater geographical area, reducing the needs for subsidiary access points and therefore lowering their costs whilst retaining LAN-like performance.
Much was achieved when Bridgeworks a proof of concept (POC) for the Nordic IT infrastructure solutions company to show how PORTrockIT could improve back-up performance, increasing network performance by 20 times. To minimise risk, the original plan included onsite cache because back-ups and SLA demands were exposed to it until they arrived at the Nordic IT infrastructure company’s data centre.
This successful test involved the original network performance standing at 7MB/s accelerating to 140MB/s. PORTrockIT uses machine learning to mitigate latency and to reduce packet loss by maximising the speed of data throughput. Another benefit of PORTrockIT: there is no need to build new data centres. Performance increases can be achieved by deploying it without replacing an organisation’s existing infrastructure. Cost-savings are therefore gained.
To prove the point that PORTrockIT is a true global infrastructure product, Bridgeworks worked alongside the Nordic IT company to secure a BaaS client transfer from the east coast of America to their Nordic data centre. The capacity utilisation of the WAN link between the two sites increased dramatically from less than 5% to 98% of the maximum throughput.
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