Well, if you’re like me, you are fascinated by large structures and construction projects that seem to defy physics. Skyscrapers, bridges, hotels, and stadiums being built today seem to push the envelope of structural engineering. At the heart of many of these projects is global steel fabrication and construction conglomerate, Schuff International.
Schuff International, Inc. and its family of steel companies is the largest steel fabrication and construction company in the United States. The company executes projects throughout the U.S. and internationally, providing single-source integrated steel construction services. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Schuff Steel has 18 locations with more than 1,500 employees worldwide, including nine fabrication plants located in Arizona, Texas, Kansas, Georgia, and Florida. From the Crystals at City Center to the Orlando Events Center to the Roosevelt Bridge in Arizona, Schuff Steel was there.
Manufacturing and construction companies often depend on the wide area network (WAN) to share design files and collaborate around the globe. However, multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) or shared WANs can lack the performance and quality to support high-speed file transfers and Internet voice applications over the same connection. Schuff International overcame these challenges and avoided a costly infrastructure upgrade by using Silver Peak.
Schuff International was contending with multiple applications performing poorly over the WAN. This included third-party and custom developed applications, including Microsoft Lync (voice and video communications), 3D computer aided design (CAD) file transfers over FTP, antivirus and email. Productivity had depleted due to slow file transfers between the remote sites and the data center, and the new Internet-based phone system could not be deployed because of poor network quality and packet loss issues inherent to the company’s MPLS network.
Through its close partnership with SHI, a global provider of information technology (IT) solutions, Schuff International found Silver Peak to be the best fit for the company’s near-term and long-term optimization requirements. Specifically, Silver Peak’s Virtual Acceleration Open Architecture (VXOA) software automatically optimizes all applications and traffic traversing the WAN, regardless of protocol, application or application version.
According to Mark McGrath, director of information systems at Schuff International,“We had evaluated various WAN optimization vendors, including Riverbed and Cisco WAAS, but Silver Peak delivered better performance and pricing options, so it was the logical solution for us. Also, the fact that Silver Peak has the broadest range of software-based appliances fits well with our plans for virtualizing our IT environment.”