Career Education Corporation (CEC) offers doctoral, master's, bachelor's and associate degrees as well as diploma and certificate programs. CEC's IT team wanted to centralize certain applications in its data centers, and knew that this could affect application performance. They investigated possible solutions and decided that WAN optimization was the answer. The company implemented 80 Steelhead appliances across its U.S. campuses at a rapid pace. All appliances were in place and running in only four months. The Riverbed solution minimized the impact of network and application-level latency to ensure good application performance over the WAN. As a result, CEC's IT team was able to successfully centralize email, backup and other critical applications, and add new applications as faculty requests them.