Extreme Latency on SATCOM Network,One of DOD’s Uniformed Services Branches (USB) operates in bandwidth-challenged remote locations across the world where a “Logistics” application, among other mission-critical applications, had been rendered inaccessible due to extreme latency on the command’s satellite network. Without this application, service technicians could not procure crucial parts needed to repair military assets, resulting in these assets being taken offline and exposing a significant operational vulnerability. Like other DoD agencies, the USB had previously been reluctant to optimize and accelerate its SSL/TLS traffic due to perceived network security concerns.
The USB had previously been working with Riverbed to optimize and accelerate its non-encrypted traffic. When evaluating and testing the enhanced network acceleration solutions, the USB was easily able to configure and deploy, identify the SSL/TLS application for acceleration, authenticate with the application’s “session” key, and establish encrypted network session. Then the USB employed traditional optimization and acceleration approaches that significantly reduced latency and unlocked network capacity, all while maintaining an encrypted environment.
With Riverbed’s enhanced network acceleration solutions, the USB was able to optimize and accelerate the SSL/TLS traffic unlocking nearly 3x satellite bandwidth capacity. More importantly, the USB was able to bring its mission-critical logistics application online, secure the parts and supplies needed to repair military assets, and support soldiers in the field.
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