SOURCE: Riverbed Technology

July 31, 2008 09:00 ET

Manche General Council Selects Riverbed to Speed Application Performance and Consolidate IT

French County Government's Deployment of 35 Steelhead Appliances Simplifies IT and Reduces Costs While Improving User Satisfaction

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - July 31, 2008) - Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the technology and market leader in wide-area data services (WDS), today announced that "Conseil Général de la Manche" (CG50), Manche General Council in France, has selected and deployed Riverbed® Steelhead® appliances at 35 locations across the county to speed the performance of applications across its Cisco network in a consolidated IT environment.

Manche County is located in Normandy and has more than 1500 employees working at 40 offices. The staff is responsible for infrastructure and facilities, training and quality of life and social policy, serving a local population of nearly half a million spread over 6000 square km and with over 350 km of coastline.

A small number of IT staffers service the broad needs of the 40 offices. The number of file servers at the remote sites had reached a critical point, causing operational issues and severely taxing the resources of the IT organization. The IT group decided to solve these problems by consolidating the file servers to a central location and eliminating as much infrastructure as possible from the remote sites. However, they could not do this if user performance was affected. After conducting thorough research and working with Computacenter to explore the alternatives, the IT group turned to Riverbed and WDS for a solution.

"We had recently absorbed new staff and new sites, such as the highways department, into our organization," said François Viard, IT and Security Manager at Manche General Council. "This puts additional strain on our IT organization as we sought to manage our many file servers across considerable distances. We'd lose at least one person's productivity for half a day when we needed to troubleshoot a file server. We needed a solution that would allow us to centralize without sacrificing speed. We found that solution in Riverbed."

The county has deployed Riverbed Steelhead appliances at its main remote locations. Installation occurred without changes to the existing Cisco IT infrastructure. According to François Viard, "Since deploying the Steelhead appliances, we've been able to remove many of our file servers, and application performance is very satisfying. At the same time, we have been able to lower IT expenses by reducing the number of servers in the branches and cutting IT overhead."

Lastly, according to François Viard, consolidation has allowed the IT staff to offer new services. "We have a large number of field staff," said François Viard. "With consolidated IT infrastructure these staffers are able to access their files from any site, whereas in the past they were limited to accessing files from their home office. These new capabilities allow our employees to work from anywhere and dramatically improve collaboration and file sharing."

Steelhead Products

Riverbed WDS solutions enable organizations of all sizes to overcome a host of severe problems, including poor application performance and insufficient bandwidth at remote sites. By speeding the performance of applications between data centers, remote offices and mobile workers by five to 50 times and in some cases up to 100 times, Riverbed's award-winning Steelhead WDS products enable companies to consolidate IT, improve backup and replication processes to ensure data integrity, and improve staff productivity and collaboration. Steelhead products have been deployed in organizations ranging from the world's largest corporations with offices around the globe to small companies with a couple of sites that are just miles apart. To learn more, view Riverbed's demo:

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