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Institute of Financial Services delivers secure online learning with Zeus

Financial education body accelerates and manages traffic for 50,000 users

4 October 2004, Cambridge: Zeus Technology, the acknowledged leader in Internet infrastructure solutions, today announced that the Institute of Financial Services (ifs) has deployed Zeus Extensible Traffic Manager (ZXTM) to manage web traffic for the estimated 50,000 users of both its student portal and public web site.

ifs is the official brand of The Chartered Institute of Bankers (CIB), and one of the leading bodies for the provision of both education and life-long career support services to the financial services industry as well as formal financial education to the public at large.

Alongside its public web site (www.ifslearning.com) ifs has developed a secure student and membership portal, providing access to study materials, student records and personal details. It needed to provide secure access to this resource as well as to converge its separate web architectures to ensure a single, more easily managed and monitored service.

"We needed a solution that combined security with high performance to ensure that our members and students always had fast access to the information they need," commented Dot Carrier, Director of IT, Institute of Financial Services. "ZXTM enables us to secure, enhance and manage all our applications as if they were a single, integrated service, guaranteeing maximum uptime for all users."

ZXTM was deployed as a software solution in a resilient cluster for ifs. This provides the ability to upgrade server hardware as necessary, easily and cost-effectively. The solution is currently running on six Dell650. Future plans include using ZXTM to provide full site-to-site fail-over between ifs' two sites and to allow secure, remote access to email.

"To achieve its aim of being a school of finance recognised for the excellence and relevance of its courses and services the Institute of Financial Services needed a web infrastructure that delivered matching levels of performance," commented Steve Palmer, VP Marketing, Zeus Technology. "ZXTM is not only accelerating traffic, but providing the security to deploy new services such as its student and membership portal in a simple, fast and easy to manage solution."

Zeus Extensible Traffic Manager is the next generation in high- availability, application-centric traffic management and load balancing, providing unparalleled control, intelligence, security and resilience for all your application traffic.
With its advanced TrafficScript(tm) control language, TrafficCluster(tm) scalability, unlimited content inspection, intelligent Web Services routing and end-to-end traffic security, Zeus Extensible Traffic Manager translates business logic into traffic management decisions - differentiating services, handling application failures to safeguard service availability, automating complex recovery tasks and providing richer information with finer-grained control.