Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation's (EGPAF) initial experience of using the Internet to deliver data and applications to its offices in Africa was very discouraging. Its 1,000+ employees spent so long waiting for information to download that they lost time for the real work of fighting the spread of HIV. They also found it very time-consuming to collect and upload the field data needed for quarterly reports. Bandwidth upgrades offered only a partial, and very expensive fix. EGPAF chose to go with a Riverbed SteelHead WAN optimization solution instead, eliminating the need to buy more bandwidth while also addressing the latency that was slowing application performance. With pages loading in seconds rather than minutes, African staff members now have more time to devote to the real work of HIV prevention. The foundation has been able to eliminate some paper processes and redundant data entry, while providing more timely information to donors. The SteelHead deployment enabled EGPAF to eliminate some hosting sites, saving several thousand dollars per month.

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