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Horizon Food Group Boosts UC Performance with Exinda Network Orchestrator

November 11, 2015

Horizon Food Group has chosen Exinda to optimize its network operations with Unified Communications applications such as Citrix.

Horizon previously used a Blue Coat PacketShaper, but the company found it too difficult to manage over time, and the performance of the device just couldn’t keep up. VoIP and UC require a lot of bandwidth, and network congestion can seriously hamper performance.

That’s exactly the problem that Exinda Network Orchestrator is intended to solve.

“More and more organizations are replacing traditional WAN solutions because they address application performance in silos and require you to apply acceleration separately from traffic shaping,” Exinda vice president of sales Kevin Kirksey said. “IT teams choose Exinda over competitors because they need an integrated solution that provides diagnostics, shaping and acceleration in a single, easy to use suite, an approach far better suited for business critical applications.”

Horizon replaced its old solution with Exinda Network Orchestrator at four locations.

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Network Orchestrator has a number of features to improve its network performance. It has interactive analytics to show network performance in real time, customer reports, a recommendation engine and the ability to shape traffic based on policies.

This allowed Horizon to prioritize applications such as Citrix, printing, and email while reducing recreational traffic. The company was also able to schedule critical but time-and-bandwidth consuming operations such as file transfers and backups outside of peak business hours.

Horizon found Exinda much easier to install and manage than the old solution.

“What I was so impressed with was right out of the box, the policies fell in line with our critical business applications,” Horizon director of information systems Roger Beard said. “It was super easy to install Exinda and prioritize how bandwidth is used. The configuration took about five minutes and it was instantly better than what we were receiving before.”

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

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