Microsoft’s SharePoint has long been the standard for team collaboration among many organizations. It simplifies how users interact with content, processes, and data to make collaborating easy and simple. Everyday business activities, such as document review and approval, issue tracking, and signature collection, are tightly integrated with familiar client apps and e-mail to increase productivity and communication. However, for remote users with limited bandwidth and high latency, SharePoint performance suffers. The biggest challenge for IT is ensuring users always have consistent and reliable access to the app so that collaboration and productivity isn’t impacted.
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In this blog we’re going to discuss 3 ways that one of our customers uses Exinda to ensure a successful SharePoint deployment and maintain flawless application performance.
For a little background information here is the customer’s profile:
- Large manufacturer
- Hundreds of remote locations
- Supporting 5 data centers globally
- Utilizing a mix of MPLS and Internet based WAN services
1. Diagnose Issues
Using the onboard reporting and SLA tools such as Application Performance Scoring (APS), the Exinda solution was able to quickly diagnose SharePoint performance issues users were experiencing at a remote location. There were complaints about unprecedented application delays they had never experienced before, but with APS Scores, TCP health reporting, conversation reporting, and Packet Capture capability, Exinda was able to isolate the issue to a specific SharePoint server in their Data Center.
2. Improve Performance
With Exinda, our customer was able to identify and prioritize SharePoint traffic, eliminating any potential congestion and contention that may occur at the WAN edge. Simplified Policy deployment allowed for dynamic bandwidth adjustments to resources allocated to cloud-based applications.
We used the on board reporting tools to help intelligently set bandwidth policies that could be allocated to critical applications and provide ongoing monitoring of the utilization and performance of these services.
3. Reduce Bandwidth Usage
By applying policy to an organization’s most critical applications and services, Exinda allowed the network team to allocate bandwidth to critical applications such as SharePoint that would otherwise be used for recreational, non-mission critical traffic apps and services. By deploying a policy around P2P and recreational based applications, we were on average, able to reallocate up to 43% of the used bandwidth to critical applications like SharePoint across our customer’s estate.
We continue to add value to this customer today, even as they migrated from an in-house SharePoint deployment, with servers installed in multiple Data Centers, to a global Microsoft hosted Office 365 deployment environment. They continue to leverage our bandwidth control capabilities, Application Performance Scoring, and SLA monitoring features to keep these services performing in a predictable and optimized manner.
Here’s a quick snapshot of a Optimizer setup showing a SharePoint policy we would typically deploy at a location.
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