Optimising Bandwidth for the British Army in Germany

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Executive Summary

The Army in Germany needed more bandwidth to cope with growing network traffic into the Rheindahlen Army base where the Defense Information Infrastructure Convergence (DII(C)) core node is located. Then they deployed Fujitsu. Fujitsu provided consultancy, design, implementation and support for a solution that uses Steelhead hardware from Riverbed. Steelhead is a small box that maximizes effective WAN bandwidth by optimising traffic flows. The boxes at either end of the WAN line use sophisticated caching techniques and compression to reduce the amount of data physically sent over the WAN, reconstructing the actual data at the destination end.

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