World's Favorite Currency Site Chooses Crescendo Networks AppBeat DC for Application Acceleration

MENLO PARK, Calif. – June 8, 2009 – Crescendo Networks, Ltd., the recognized performance leader in accelerating and optimizing application delivery for Web properties, announced today that XE has selected AppBeat™ DC to improve the scalability, availability and performance of its global currency exchange service. The XE website has experienced significant traffic growth, and in March 2009 served over 450 million page views to more than 16 million unique users. Independent sources list XE as the world's most popular currency site.


"We needed to upgrade our infrastructure to handle rapid growth in traffic while maintaining the performance and availability our customers and users require. We discovered AppBeat DC, with its innovative, hardware-based design that combines load balancing with advanced application acceleration features while operating at top speeds," said Beric Farmer, President of XE.


"Crescendo backed up its impressive technology with a first-rate, knowledgeable support team. By providing superior support along with high performance and rich functionality, Crescendo Networks delivers real value, giving us scalability for continued growth."


XE is the world's leading provider of online foreign exchange tools and services and its web site is one of the top 500 worldwide. To provide scalability and availability, XE employed a combination of basic round-robin traffic direction and complex clustering software. However, the combined solution required specialized expertise to configure and maintain and did not provide the capabilities, availability, or scalability that XE sought. XE started investigating load balancing appliances, but soon realized that an application delivery controller like AppBeat DC could provide sophisticated load balancing while offloading processing-intensive tasks from servers, to improve overall application performance and availability.


AppBeat DC manages traffic based upon outstanding transactions, server load and health, always sending data to the least loaded server while exposing a single URL to the web as a whole. In addition, XE can now offload SSL and TCP processing from servers to AppBeat DC, as well as compression for outbound traffic. With the boost in available capacity, the XE site can handle its growing traffic without performance degradation or problems.


“XE has built a dominant market position in foreign currency exchange services," said Adoram Ga’ash, CEO of Crescendo Networks. "AppBeat DC can help them maintain this dominance even with rapid growth, by delivering optimal performance and availability even during traffic peaks."


About Crescendo Networks
Crescendo Networks is the recognized performance leader for accelerating and optimizing the delivery of business-critical, Web-enabled applications. The company’s unique application delivery architecture dramatically improves the operation of today's demanding application infrastructure. The world’s largest corporations and fastest growing Web properties rely on Crescendo for the application performance and efficiency needed to ensure usability, facilitate rapid business growth, lower IT costs and capture additional revenue.


About XE
Founded in 1993, XE is the world's favorite currency site, providing currency tools, services, and data to individuals and businesses around the world, including Fortune 500 companies. Some of XE's products include XE Trade global money transfers, the XE currency Datafeed, XE Forex News, XE Cash travel money, and the new XE Travel vertical. XE is committed to continuing its role as leader and innovator in online foreign exchange services and is always working to add new services that benefit customers and users. For more information, visit