SOURCE: Riverbed Technology

Riverbed Technology

May 24, 2011 09:00 ET

SAME DEUTZ-FAHR Deploys Riverbed Steelhead Appliances to Power Major Data Center Consolidation Initiative

Major Agricultural Machinery Producer, SAME DEUTZ-FAHR Improves Application Performance; Increases Productivity and Bandwidth Capacity With Riverbed

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - May 24, 2011) - Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the IT performance company, today announced that SAME DEUTZ-FAHR, one of the world's leading producers of tractors, combine harvesters, diesel engines and farm machinery, has successfully deployed Riverbed® Steelhead® appliances in its European and Indian offices to support a data center consolidation initiative. With Riverbed, SAME DEUTZ-FAHR has seen a 4x improvement in bandwidth capacity and dramatically increased employee productivity, while delaying a bandwidth upgrade for three years.

SAME DEUTZ-FAHR distributes products under the brand names SAME, DEUTZ-FAHR, Lamborghini and Hürlimann. The company operates across the world, with manufacturing plants or sales offices in Europe, India, the United States, Russia and China. In order to simplify IT management and reduce costs, SAME DEUTZ-FAHR centralized its IT systems and main applications at its data center based in Italy. Over time, as the number of applications used within the company increased, and as the volume of traffic traversing the wide area network (WAN) increased, employees became increasingly frustrated with delays in accessing web-based applications and email.

SAME DEUTZ-FAHR ruled out a bandwidth upgrade because it would only partially solve the company's performance challenges, and opted instead for a WAN optimization solution. After a rigorous review of the alternatives in the market, the company chose to test the Riverbed WAN optimization solution.

"Within minutes of unpacking the Steelhead appliance, the system was deployed at our German subsidiary with no requirement to change our existing infrastructure," said Luciano Bearzi, system and network manager, SAME DEUTZ-FAHR. "The test produced excellent results, and we immediately noticed a significant improvement in application response times. Suddenly we were able to access information over the WAN in a matter of seconds, compared to the minutes it took previously."

SAME DEUTZ-FAHR deployed Riverbed Steelhead appliances in its headquarters and four offices across Europe and India. It wasn't long before users began to comment on the improved application performance speeds. "We quickly saw an overall improvement in employee productivity, and as an added bonus, the IT department stopped receiving complaints from our remote users about slow application performance," said Bearzi.

In addition, SAME DEUTZ-FAHR has seen an overall 4x improvement in bandwidth capacity. SAME DEUTZ-FAHR uses the Riverbed Central Management Console (CMC) to monitor and manage the Steelhead appliances, and also to pull a number of reports that highlight the reduction in data traffic across the WAN. Based on these reports data traffic over the WAN was reduced from 18Gb to 4.5Gb, which enabled the company to delay a bandwidth upgrade for three years.

"Three years ago our consolidation project was stalling due to the increased traffic across our WAN. By installing the Riverbed solution we not only improved application performance and employee productivity, but we experienced an increase in bandwidth capacity," said Bearzi. "Today, we can plan to further consolidate our IT systems and remove more local servers from branch offices. Thanks to Riverbed our bandwidth requirements will not have to increase significantly. Riverbed has been a key enabler for our consolidation project."

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