SOURCE: Riverbed Technology

Riverbed Technology

February 16, 2010 09:00 ET

Amica Wronki Selects Riverbed to Accelerate Collaboration and Improve Worker Productivity

Leading Polish Manufacturer Speeds Application Access and Remote Backups; Business Productivity Improved While Avoiding Costly Bandwidth Upgrade

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - February 16, 2010) -  Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the IT infrastructure performance company for networks, applications and storage, today announced that Amica Wronki has selected and deployed Riverbed® Steelhead® appliances and Steelhead Mobile. As a result, Amica has successfully migrated key applications and data backups to its data centers, improved employee collaboration and productivity, avoided a costly bandwidth upgrade, and reduced operating costs.

Amica Wronki S.A. is a manufacturer of a wide range of household appliances, including refrigerators and washing machines. With over one million products produced each year, Amica has become one of the most recognized brands in Poland. The company employs over 2,000 people in 13 offices around the world, selling its products in over 40 countries. Amica relies upon local ERP systems, SAP, Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint to enable employee collaboration across its operations.

Amica wanted its users to migrate from an ERP system based at each branch office to a centrally hosted SAP application. However, accessing files and data over the wide area network (WAN) took too long, causing employee frustration. To overcome the issue of slow application access, the company initially believed that it had to either upgrade bandwidth or install additional servers. Amica wanted to avoid both of these options due to the costs and complexity involved.

Amica also planned to centralize its data backups and reduce the current backup window. Amica's IT company, Inteco Business Solutions Sp. z o.o., which supports the Amica group, is based at Amica's headquarters in Poland, with no IT resource available at branch offices. The company was relying upon branch office employees to back up data, which involved onerous procedures and complicated instructions, and which resulted in data backups taking over eight hours per day.

Faced with both challenges, Amica chose to investigate a WAN optimization solution. After testing products from a number of vendors, the company chose Riverbed. Jerzy Zieliński, director of the information technology department at Inteco Business Solutions, explains, "We found the Riverbed solution to be the most efficient and, by far, the best performer for optimizing applications over the WAN. It was also very straightforward to implement."

Since installing Steelhead appliances at three data centers in Poland and three branch offices, as well as deploying Steelhead Mobile for remote workers, Amica has experienced a 4x improvement in the time taken to download files, enabling the company to remove the local ERP systems at those branch office locations. The time taken to back up data was reduced by 98%, with backups reduced from over eight hours to just minutes -- and the company has removed two local servers and two data storage devices from the branch offices.

There have also been other benefits. "We use SharePoint for file collaboration," explains Zieliński. "Without Riverbed Steelhead appliances, accessing SharePoint files over the intranet takes a very long time and is extremely frustrating. In contrast, the employees in our offices with Riverbed deployed can now access business-critical applications in just a few seconds."

Remote users now have LAN-like access to files and applications, and the company has seen an increase in user productivity. The Riverbed solution has also enabled Amica to move key business applications and data backups to its centralized IT infrastructure, resulting in improved security of critical data. The company has also reduced operating costs by removing servers and data storage devices from its branch offices.

"Riverbed has allowed us to be more nimble in our approach to IT and infrastructure," says Zieliński. "When organizations like ours can do more with their existing network, we immediately have an advantage -- because, in addition to increasing productivity, our costs are reduced, which allows us to invest back into the business to support growth and new opportunities."

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements relating to the expected demand for Riverbed's products and services, and statements relating to Riverbed's ability to meet the needs of distributed organizations. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions that, if they do not fully materialize or prove incorrect, could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties that could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include our ability to react to trends and challenges in our business and the markets in which we operate; our ability to anticipate market needs or develop new or enhanced products to meet those needs; the adoption rate of our products; our ability to establish and maintain successful relationships with our distribution partners; our ability to compete in our industry; fluctuations in demand, sales cycles and prices for our products and services; shortages or price fluctuations in our supply chain; our ability to protect our intellectual property rights; general political, economic and market conditions and events; and other risks and uncertainties described more fully in our documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. More information about these and other risks that may impact Riverbed's business are set forth in our Form 10-K filed with the SEC on February 12, 2010. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to us as of the date hereof, and we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements. Any future product, feature or related specification that may be referenced in this release are for information purposes only and are not commitments to deliver any technology or enhancement. Riverbed reserves the right to modify future product plans at any time.

About Riverbed

Riverbed Technology is the IT infrastructure performance company. The Riverbed family of wide area network (WAN) optimization solutions liberates businesses from common IT constraints by increasing application performance, enabling consolidation, and providing enterprise-wide network and application visibility -- all while eliminating the need to increase bandwidth, storage or servers. Thousands of companies with distributed operations use Riverbed to make their IT infrastructure faster, less expensive and more responsive. Additional information about Riverbed (NASDAQ: RVBD) is available at www.riverbed.com.

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About Amica Wronki

Amica Wronki is the largest Polish manufacturer of major household appliances with 14% domestic market share. Company turnover for 2008 was PLN 1 billion. The company consists of: the Cookers Factory, the Refrigerators Factory, the Cooktop Factory and Washing Machines Factory. Amica continues to invest in a range of diverse kitchen appliance products. Amica products have attained international quality, environment and safety certificates ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001. Amica products have been awarded the Poland Now Emblem (Teraz Polska), Polską Nagrodę Jakości (Polish Quality Prize) and The Most Trusted Brand (awarded eight years in a row). Amica has also received the prestigious award of Polish President's Economic Prize for the best Polish enterprise.

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