Allstream , Canada’s all-business communications provider, is proud to announce the launch of its Managed Wide Area Network (WAN) Optimization  service. Allstream’s Managed WAN Optimization service will accelerate existing key applications and free bandwidth for the installation of more applications and services.
In today’s business environment, companies are challenged to do more with less. Sophisticated, data intensive applications are the norm, along with the ability for employees to be connected anywhere at any time. As businesses expand and modernize and adopt infrastructure models such as Cloud Computing and Virtualization, the strain on their networks is growing.
Allstream’s Managed WAN Optimization service uses the Riverbed® Steelhead®  product family that allows businesses to introduce advanced applications and improve employee productivity – while continuing to operate efficiently and manage cost. Allstream’s managed service includes solution design, procurement, monitoring, maintenance and performance reports.
“Allstream’s Managed WAN Optimization service delivers improved performance over our customers’ business IP-MPLS networks, providing application acceleration, better bandwidth utilization and improved data protection over the WAN,” said Dean Prevost, President, Allstream. “With this service our customers can focus on moving their business forward without worrying about the day-to-day network operations that can take up time and resources.”
“Riverbed has become the market leader in WAN Optimization by delivering a highly scalable technology that can be integrated easily into complex IT environments to accelerate and optimize the performance of business-critical applications, as well as provide a proven rapid return on investment,” said Randy Schirman, Senior Vice President of worldwide channels at Riverbed. “By Allstream offering a managed WAN Optimization service utilizing Riverbed, enterprises can address complex IT initiatives successfully with an operational expenditure model that provides flexibility for management and matches operations and financial needs.”
The introduction of a Managed WAN Optimization service is another step in Allstream’s strategy to continue to grow its competitive edge in the IP market. It is in keeping with the company’s focus on IP sales and the accelerated expansion of its fibre network in major urban centres across Canada. IP-based communications services are one of the fastest growing segments of the business telecom market.
Allstream’s Managed WAN Optimization will be available to existing customers along with Allstream’s growing customer base. New customers who have recently signed contracts to take advantage of Allstream’s suite of IP connectivity services include Imperial Parking Canada Corporation, Latoplast Ltd., Stahl Peterbilt, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and Securiglobe.
This service is now available to customers across Canada.