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Carlsberg Selects Juniper Networks To Improve Enterprise Application Performance & Secure Remote Access


Juniper Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: JNPR) today announced that Carlsberg A/S, one of the largest brewing groups in the world, has deployed Juniper Networks DX data center application acceleration platforms to improve the performance of its web-based Hyperion application. In addition, global remote access to the application will be secured by Juniper Networks Secure Access (SA) SSL VPN platforms, which integrate with the DX platforms seamlessly.

Carlsberg, one of the world’s best-known beer brands, uses Hyperion for detailed reporting and analysis from its 70+ subsidiaries globally and across its Group functions. Hyperion is centrally hosted in the company’s data center in Copenhagen, and the application’s performance was slow for some subsidiary users, impeding their efficiency and productivity. Many users also access Hyperion remotely when they are travelling or working from home, so Carlsberg needed to provide easy-to-use secure links to the sensitive data within the application.

“A proof of concept trial with the DX platforms quickly showed that we could significantly improve access and download times for Hyperion,” said Niels Fabricius, Group Consolidation Manager, Carlsberg Breweries. “Widespread deployment has brought us a 60 percent improvement by optimizing traffic flows, so it was highly beneficial and cost effective for Carlsberg to implement the solution.”

The DX platform is deployed in Carlsberg’s data center to load-balance incoming requests and to offload the repetitive, CPU-intensive tasks typically performed by servers, enabling the servers to perform much more efficiently. By dynamically compressing enterprise web content, the DX platform reduces the amount of traffic flowing across the link, dramatically accelerating business performance management (BPM) applications such as Hyperion. Carlsberg is now assessing how other enterprise applications will perform with the Juniper Networks DX platform in order to further improve performance across the enterprise.

Secure Access for Remote Users
For global remote access to Hyperion S9, Carlsberg will leverage the Juniper Networks SSL VPN appliances which allow its remote employees to access information anytime, anywhere from virtually any web-enabled device. The Juniper Secure Access SSL VPN technology enables browser-based mobile secure access via broadband, wireless, DSL and dial-up. The browser-based approach also enables mobile users to access corporate network resources securely via non-corporate endpoints, such as hotel PCs. The Secure Access SSL VPN solution authenticates each user’s identity, verifies the health of the endpoint device, and enforces access to specific resources based on user permissions.

“Web-based applications can consume greater than 10 times more bandwidth than their client-server equivalents, causing latency problems that affect performance for remote users accessing the application over a wide area network. They also put a strain on the web and application servers in the data center, which can degrade application performance even further,” said Gert-Jan Schenk, Vice President of Operations, EMEA, Juniper Networks. “Carlsberg views the Juniper Networks DX data center application acceleration platform, coupled with the Juniper SA SSL VPN solution, as an enabler for delivering mission-critical applications quicker and more efficiently to employees via the Web.”


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