SOURCE: Riverbed Technology

Riverbed Technology

July 18, 2012 09:00 ET

James Hardie Building Products Improves Its Disaster Recovery Strategy With Riverbed WAN Optimization

Steelhead Appliances Play Key Role in Fiber-Cement Pioneer's Efforts to Solidify Business Continuity Plan and Improve Disaster Recovery Performance

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Jul 18, 2012) - Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the performance company, today announced James Hardie Building Products, Inc. (James Hardie), a pioneer in manufacturing fiber-cement building products, is utilizing Riverbed® wide area network (WAN) optimization solutions to support its disaster recovery initiatives for business continuity. With the deployment of Riverbed Steelhead® appliances, James Hardie has tripled the amount of backup data it is able to transfer from its geographically dispersed data centers. This enables the company to meet its recovery objectives without increasing costs of its IT infrastructure.

James Hardie has more than 2,500 employees and operations in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand, Asia and Europe. The company pioneered the fiber-cement industry and maintains its forefront status by keeping a focus on leadership in products, manufacturing, and technologies for both new home construction and remodeling projects. To stay true to its leadership objective, James Hardie needs to ensure that all business critical systems -- SAP, Microsoft Exchange, and Manugistics -- are continuously protected. In particular, the SAP systems must be readily available to run in the event of a disaster with a recovery point objective (RPO) of 15 minutes. James Hardie selected EMC® Avamar® for the backup of its SAP system and EMC RecoverPoint for replication of its SAP system.

James Hardie had been experiencing lengthy backup and data replication times over the WAN for its SAP system due to the inherent performance challenges associated with distance and latency. As a result, it was not meeting its 18-hour backup and replication window. In addition, only 30-40 Mbps of its 100 Mbps WAN connection could be utilized. During peak times, protection of its SAP systems was behind schedule by nearly 24 hours, and the recovery time objective (RTO) could not be met.

"It was difficult to ensure a viable business continuity plan. The problem is that we had too much data, not enough time, and distance challenges," said Brian Bartel, helpdesk manager at James Hardie. "Initially, we considered adding bandwidth. In addition to the increased cost, this approach would not address the challenges with distance and latency that affected the backup and replication times. Instead, WAN optimization proved to be the solution as it solved the speed problem and allowed us to fully use our bandwidth. Also, it is cost-effective and easy to manage."

The installation of Steelhead appliances at data centers in Irvine and Chicago significantly decreased backup and replication times, and as a result James Hardie now meets both RPO and RTO goals without having to upgrade its 100 Mbps WAN connection. EMC Avamar's backup performance increased by 3x, and EMC RecoverPoint's real-time replication performance increased 9.5x -- both as a result of optimizing the WAN with Riverbed.

"During the pre-sales process, Riverbed identified the bottlenecks in both the storage network and the WAN. Riverbed and EMC technologies allow us to protect and replicate data faster than ever before. For the first time, we have a solid foundation for a viable business continuity plan," added Bartel.

EMC and Riverbed produced a technical white paper that details the performance benefits and best practices associated with their combined solution. The white paper is available at

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