SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/30/11 -- Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the IT performance company, today announced that Marubeni America Corporation, an overseas subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate Marubeni Corporation, deployed Riverbed® Steelhead® appliances with the Riverbed Services Platform (RSP) across its operations as part of a strategic company-wide branch office consolidation initiative. As part of the initiative, Marubeni America Corporation consolidated costly servers at 19 of its North American locations, and accelerated application performance over the wide area network (WAN). As a result of deploying the Riverbed WAN optimization solution and RSP, the company reduced its IT footprint at each branch office location while saving $330,000 over three years in hardware, support costs and bandwidth.
Headquartered in New York City, Marubeni America Corporation is a trading company that facilitates and brokers trade among businesses and countries, and provides sales support, financing and leasing, transportation and logistics planning, storage, and engineering and construction services.
Prior to its Steelhead appliance and RSP deployment, Marubeni America Corporation faced the time-consuming challenge of managing remote branch office servers at each of its 23 North American locations. RSP, a protected VMware partition on the Steelhead appliance that can run up to five additional services or applications, was essential in creating a branch office box (BOB) platform -- a critical element for Marubeni America Corporation's branch office consolidation initiative.
According to Akihiro Shibasaki, manager of the IT Platform Department at Marubeni America Corporation, "Each branch office was a data island. People in New York City were not able to directly connect to data in Houston. When we first installed the RSP, our goal was to eliminate the need to have a server in each remote office. We did not have trained IT staff at each location, and therefore before installing the Steelhead appliance with RSP, anytime we needed to install an update or make a change, we would need to either travel to the location or explain the process on a phone call. Once we installed the Steelhead appliances with RSP, we immediately saw a huge performance increase, cut down on the traffic that was travelling across the WAN, and we no longer had to purchase and remotely support servers for each branch office location."
When the consolidation project was complete, Marubeni America Corporation was able to use the Steelhead appliances with RSP at each branch location as the sole branch server, running virtualized instances of Windows Server 2003 that acts as a local print server, WSUS repository and DFS server. As an added benefit of RSP, Marubeni America Corporation remotely pushes updates and patches for McAfee, Adobe and SAP to each branch location from the DFS instances via a Wake-on-LAN (WoL) script. In addition to the significant cost savings, Shibasaki maintains that the reduced management that results from using a simplified BOB platform further adds to the ROI benefits of Steelhead appliances.
"We could not run our network efficiently without Riverbed WAN optimization solutions. Because of the Steelhead appliances and RSP, each branch office has a switch, a router and WAN optimization. The overall Riverbed IT performance solution has provided the best ROI for any IT initiative we have tackled to date," Shibasaki added.
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