Exxaro optimises bandwidth, drives up network capacity with Datacentrix

Pretoria, 17 Jun 2009
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One of South Africa's largest black-controlled, diversified mining companies, Exxaro, has optimised its bandwidth - seeing a total reduction in WAN and LAN data of 61% and a peak data reduction of 76% over a period of seven months - in a project rolled out with the assistance of IT services and solutions provider, Datacentrix.

The company also increased network capacity by more than two-and-a-half times over this period.

According to Richard Tsalavoutas, solution specialist at Datacentrix,Exxaro's implementation of Riverbed Steelhead appliances and NetScout nGenius Performance Manager, provided the company with visibility of traffic traversing across the WAN infrastructure, broken down into the various specific protocols and measuring the application response time between the sites, allowed it the increased operational efficiency and enabled improved capacity management.

“The project also provided Exxaro with the ability to differentiate between transported applications and recognise network activities," he explains.

“The combination of the Riverbed and NetScout solutions presents a product set that is ideal for application acceleration and network and application performance analysis, assisting businesses like Exxaro to optimise network and application performance by accelerating their applications over the WAN, without any loss of visibility or performance."

The project was rolled out across 11 offices countrywide and affected Exxaro's Web-based http traffic, e-mail as well as SAP and other enterprise applications.

“Essentially, the project was embarked upon because we needed to improve the performance of our applications over the WAN as well as meet the increasing demands of a more mobile workforce," says Chris Smith, principal architect at Exxaro. "Like many South African businesses, Exxaro suffered from insufficient, expensive bandwidth, with remote offices finding slower backup and replications rates most challenging.

“Exxaro had the first Riverbed implementation in South Africa, when its products were still branded as HP,” Smith states. “We saw tremendous value in this solution, so it made perfect sense for us to expand the installation further. Other competitive products we looked at could only handle compression and did not have caching facilities.

“We have enjoyed a long-term relationship with Datacentrix so it made sense to partner with them for this rollout," he explains. "Datacentrix understands our business and knows which products will and won't work for us. In fact, we would go as far as to say that we have more of an equal partnership with them, where both entities are striving for a win-win situation.”


Datacentrix is a leading, black-empowered IT company that provides computing power, business value and solutions to corporate South Africa. The company was established as a separate legal entity through a management buy-out in 1994. In 2008, Datacentrix celebrated 10 years of successful performance since its listing on the JSE Limited in September 1998.

Datacentrix remains at the forefront of the latest IT innovations and offers the highest level of technical support and engineering expertise due to its global partner relationships, which include HP, Microsoft, IBM and Lenovo and many others. Datacentrix's key service and product offering is based on three main divisions: Infrastructure, Solutions and Services. For more information, please visit

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