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CUs managing WAN performance with IT Analytics
CHICAGO (11/30/11)--RISC Networks, a provider of business technology analytics, will host a webinar on managing wide-area network (WAN) performance at 12 p.m. (ET) today.

Recent membership growth has put increased pressure on credit union information systems, said the company. One of the most important affected areas is wide-area networks. During the webinar, "Build Your Roadmap to Successful WAN Performance," Jeremy Littlejohn, chief analyst of RISC Networks, will provide a step-by-step overview for optimizing a network to withstand unforeseen growth issues.

RISC Networks uses IT Analytics, a system of analysis and data-reporting tools and services that provides data to help clients optimize the reliability, scalability and performance of their information technology infrastructure.

To optimize the network, organizations must first have a thorough understanding of the needs specific to the industry and the state of their particular network, Littlejohn said.

"Credit unions have a mix of real-time, near real-time, and background applications," he said. "In most environments we see, the background traffic is the biggest user of bandwidth and has the greatest one-to-one traffic growth with member-account increases.  Increases in membership mean increases in background traffic and impacts on member-facing services."

Credit unions attracted 700,000 new member accounts within a short period of time preceding the Nov. 5 Bank Transfer Day, according to the Credit Union National Association. That growth surpassed the 600,000 new members acquired during the entire year last year.
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