SOURCE: Riverbed Technology

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June 06, 2013 09:00 ET

Tipper Tie Projects $100,000 in Savings With Whitewater Cloud Backup Appliances

Customer Is Saving Money, Reducing Man-Hours, and Still Meeting Its Compliance Obligations

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 6, 2013) - Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the application performance company, today announced that Tipper Tie, manufacturer of food packaging equipment, has deployed Riverbed® Whitewater® cloud storage appliances for backup in its U.S. and European locations. A three-year calculation shows that moving to cloud storage for backup with Whitewater will save Tipper Tie $155,000 dollars in tape backup fees and nearly $28,000 in man-hours, while still enabling the company to meet its Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Act compliance obligations.

Challenges: Inconsistent, time-consuming, and expensive tape back up

With facilities in North Carolina, Switzerland, and Germany and an IT team of two, Tipper Tie needed to implement a backup solution that was consistent and standardized. Although each site used tape backup, the process and equipment were not consistent and the company desired a different solution to better document regulatory compliance.

The IT team also had to resolve limitations and mounting expenses associated with tape backup at the company's headquarters in North Carolina. The five-year-old, seven-tape library with a single linear tape-open (LTO) drive needed a costly upgrade. In addition, the company incurred costs using an outside tape vaulting service to store its tapes off-site. The IT team and other departments were also suffering through lengthy backups, with an average backup taking 72 hours.

Conducting an exhaustive search for a better backup strategy, the senior IT engineer leveraged the experience of other companies that recommended a backup-to-disk (B2D) solution.

"I saw a number of problems with a B2D approach," said Drew Bartow, senior IT engineer at Tipper Tie. "B2D would require complex installations and a steep learning curve, that would have been problematic for our small IT team. We also found that the B2D solutions we considered did not deduplicate data very well and would have cost us $200,000 to deploy across our four sites, not including maintenance and licensing costs every year."

Pump Solutions Group, which like Tipper Tie is part of the Dover Corp. family of companies, recommended storing backup data in the cloud with a Whitewater cloud storage appliance from Riverbed. After a thorough trial, Tipper Tie deployed four Whitewater 510 appliances, one at each production facility. Each appliance is connected to a Backup Exec media server. For cloud storage, the company uses Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3). In the North Carolina facility, nearly 27 terabytes of backup data has been sent to the Whitewater appliance so far. The Whitewater appliance deduplicated the data by a factor of 12.23x and as a result, only 2.21 terabytes of the nearly 27 terabytes of original backup data is stored in Amazon S3.

"It took us 15 minutes to install the Whitewater appliances and get them up and running -- it took us longer to find screws for the brackets," added Bartow. "With Whitewater, we don't need to spend money adding new appliances because Whitewater will grow and scale with us. Another factor in Riverbed's favor was its excellent support. I can't say enough about the technical support we have received from Riverbed throughout this process."

If Tipper Tie had implemented a common tape backup solution at its four production facilities, Bartow estimates that it would have cost the company roughly $155,000 over three years. This figure includes a new server and new tape library at each site, along with enough tapes for 30-day rotation, maintenance, licenses, and support. In contrast, the cost of the Whitewater solution over three years will be only $80,000.

Tipper Tie has also recognized a significant labor savings since deploying Whitewater. Bartow has determined that basic tape administration would require 1,170 hours over three years compared to only 234 hours with Whitewater. The difference (936 hours) represents a savings for Tipper Tie of $28,080.

Using Whitewater, Tipper Tie is able to continue to comply with its SOX regulatory obligations relating to backup and storage without the need for tape libraries, media, and off-site media storage. Backing up and storing financial records to the cloud using Whitewater gives Tipper Tie confidence that its critical data is secure, encrypted, and quickly accessible.

Tipper Tie, Inc., part of Dover Corp., manufactures food processing and packaging machinery. It would be hard to find a refrigerator case anywhere in the developed world that does not include foods processed or packaged with Tipper Tie's products. Tipper Tie has a global workforce of 350 people. In addition to its headquarters in Apex, North Carolina, the company has offices in Europe and is expanding into Brazil, China, and Kazakhstan.

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