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Government of Barbados Standardizes on Expand Accelerators for Application Performance and Visibility Across the WAN

Expand Accelerators Improve Application File Transfers by X Times, Enhancing Staff Productivity at Remote Branch Locations

Fujitsu Transaction Solutions Inc.,Expand Networks

Bridgetown, Barbados, January 04, 2005

Fujitsu, Expand Networks’ premier partner in the Caribbean, announced today that the Barbados Ministry of Finance has deployed Expand Accelerators to improve the performance of critical applications including Geac’s SmartStream application. Fujitsu Transaction Solutions (Barbados) Limited recommended the use of Expand Accelerators to the Ministry and performed a pilot evaluation on some of its branch offices.

Beyond application response time improvements, the Ministry selected the Expand Accelerators for their end-to-end wide area network (WAN) monitoring capabilities, which provide invaluable visibility into user and application and link-level performance.

Prior to the deployment of the Expand Accelerators, the Ministry of Finance used tools offered by the Ministry’s service provider to track WAN link-level utilization. “We found that our links were peaking at 70-90% utilization, commented,” Ovvyng Harewood, IT Director for the Ministry of Finance. “However, we did not want to just throw bandwidth at the problem because we knew the problem, as well as the costs, would be intensified with the addition of more branch locations and users.”

“The results were great,” continued Mr. Harewood. “File transfers were increased, up by 3 times and more impressive were the monitoring and traffic shaping capabilities that offered in-depth visibility and enabled us to fine tune the performance of SmartStream, Sybase and Microsoft Office.”

“The Expand Accelerators are an excellent fit with our application performance management service portfolio,” noted Ian Galt, Executive Vice President of Sales for Fujitsu Transaction Solutions Caribbean. “By teaming up with Expand we are able to offer both government and commercial enterprises a network transparent solution which tackles complex WAN application delivery problems that extend beyond bandwidth inefficiency.”

The Ministry of Finance currently has Accelerators at six locations and is planning to add 60 more remote offices to its Barbados operation.

“Our field experience has given us a keen appreciation of the value a traffic management solution offers to highly distributed governmental agencies,” commented Tom Lafayette, Director for Central and Latin America at Expand Networks. “We are happy to add the Government of Barbados to a long list of government customers that have deployed close to 5,000 Accelerators around the world.”

About Expand Networks

Expand Networks is a leading provider of Application Traffic Management solutions for the branch office. The company’s Accelerators take Application Traffic Management to the next level by employing a modular and intelligent application architecture that eliminates complexities associated with traditional traffic management solutions. The Accelerators automatically adapt to changes in traffic, remove WAN inefficiencies and maximize the performance of distributed enterprise applications. The Accelerators combine many unique features including next-generation WAN compression, application-specific acceleration, Layer 7 QoS and sophisticated monitoring and reporting. Expand has shipped over 20,000 Accelerator devices to more than 1,000 customers including Motorola, Continental Airlines and the United States Department of Defense. Expand Networks is headquartered in Roseland, New Jersey with offices in Australia, Germany, Israel, Italy, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom and throughout the United States.
For more information, please see: www.expand.com

About Fujitsu Transaction Solutions (Caribbean)

Fujitsu Transaction Solutions Caribbean is a wholly owned subsidiary of the US$50-billion Fujitsu Group. Fujitsu integrates the core expertise of our skilled resources and Business Partners to deliver IT Infrastructure solutions and services that position our customers for growth. We offer strategic managed services that change and evolve in step with the most pressing business and technology issues, to reduce cost and complexity in our customers’ IT environment. Fujitsu has been operating in the Caribbean for over 50 years and has offices in Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and the Bahamas; including business agents in St. Vincent, Haiti, Anguilla, Antigua, Dominican Republic and Grenada, to serve the entire region.
For more information, please see: www.fujitsu.com/caribbean

Press Contact

Sandra Jones, 
Vice President, Marketing & Communications


Phone: Phone: +1-876-926-7567
Fax: +1-876-935-6333
E-mail: E-mail: sandra.jones@fujitsu.com
Company:Fujitsu Caribbean, Central America and Mexico

Date: 04 January, 2005
City: Bridgetown, Barbados
Company: Fujitsu Transaction Solutions Inc., Expand Networks