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TMCNet:  d'Amico Societa selects Riverbed's WAN optimization solutions

[December 13, 2012]

d'Amico Societa selects Riverbed's WAN optimization solutions

Dec 13, 2012 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) -- Riverbed Technology, Inc. has announced that d'Amico Societa di Navigazione SpA, a shipping organization that supplies dry and oil tankers, is using Riverbed wide area network, or WAN, optimization solutions to support a data center consolidation initiative as part of a migration to a private cloud.

The deployment of Steelhead appliances at the centralized data center and branch offices, and Steelhead Mobile software for remote and mobile users, allowed d'Amico Societa di Navigazione to improve collaboration across multiple teams and employee productivity. By using the Steelhead product family, the company was able to deploy new collaborative and productivity-enhancing services to employees, including VoIP and video conferencing, and still reduce bandwidth consumption by 5x, Riverbed Technology said.

d'Amico Societa di Navigazione carried out a data center consolidation initiative as part of a migration to a private cloud solution that would centralize the management of its business operations and allow multiple teams to collaborate using commonly accessed files.

The consolidation initiative included the removal of 20 local email servers from the branch offices to reduce management and maintenance costs. The challenge the company faced was the additional time it took for employees to access files and collaborate over the WAN after local branch office servers were removed and files and applications were relocated to the data center, the company added.

"We supplied more than enough bandwidth to our remote sites, but employees complained of poor application performance. We acknowledged that this problem was mainly due to the distance and latency across the WAN, and therefore increasing our bandwidth would not resolve the issue," said Pietro Amorusi, chief information officer at d'Amico Societa di Navigazione.

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