Riverbed allows enterprises to successfully and intelligently implement strategic initiatives such as virtualization, consolidation, cloud computing, and disaster recovery without fear of compromising performance.

Riverbed Technology is the performance leader in WAN Optimisation solutions for companies worldwide. By enabling application performance over the wide area network (WAN) that is faster than what users experience ordinarily, Riverbed is changing the way people work, and enabling a distributed workforce that can collaborate as if they were local, overcoming both bandwidth and latency problems to deliver LAN-like performance to branch offices or mobile work­ers across the globe.

Here are 10 reasons to consider deploying WAN Optimisation now:

  1. Cut costs today. WAN Optimisation has enabled customers to put off impending bandwidth upgrades for two years or more in some cases. In addition, some companies have been able to decommission existing circuits because of throughput gains. Customers have also been able to avoid router upgrades, enable greater consolidation, and avoid server refreshes. This frees up bud­get for the bottom line and for other critical projects.
  2. Realize the ROI of other investments you’ve already made. WAN Optimisation acts like a multi­plier to the investments you are making in other projects. Initiatives as diverse as CRM, ERP, disaster recovery, communications platforms, and more benefit from greater performance and less need for distributed IT infrastructure. WAN Optimisation makes these new projects perform better over the WAN, accelerates user adoption, and costs less to implement.
  3. Make virtualization more successful. Virtualization is often considered a key cost-savings strat­egy, but one critical area is often overlooked. If you’re consolidating servers out of a branch office and virtualizing them into the data center, end-user performance problems could kill your project. WAN Optimisation enables LAN-like performance over the WAN, allowing branch users to still have the required applica­tion performance.
  4. Balance workload – without relocation of workers. Typically big projects rely on staff at the project location, but leverage some to little staff elsewhere. But with WAN Optimisation, much of the work can be done remotely, where the staff is located today. Even challenging design tasks requiring significant collaboration can be handled remotely. This eliminates significant cost in travel such as flights, hotels, and transport. In addition, all of this travel time is freed up for staff to actu­ally work on the project without tearing them away from their personal lives.
  5. Help company morale. No one likes to hit their head against a brick wall. In down economies, employees still want to work hard but application performance often seems like a barrier to them. This can cause workers to be less productive and therefore less satisfied with their jobs. By using WAN Optimisation to accelerate the performance of applications, IT managers can eliminate a key barrier to enabling productive, happy workers.
  6. Reduce IT support costs. In a recent For­rester survey, the majority of IT managers reported that application performance was the main user complaint. By simply acceler­ating the performance of applications over the WAN, IT can simultaneously reduce the strain on support staff and improve productivity.
  7. Use mobility as a cost-savings strategy. Mobility is often considered a way to make employees more productive and get them closer to the customer. But it can also be a cost-savings strategy. Using WAN Optimisation software for mobile users allows them to be connected to the enterprise as if they were working in an office. With that level of performance, users can work from the home more frequently and reduce the burden on companies in terms of branch office operating costs and real estate investments.
  8. Enable more productive outsourcing. Outsourcing only really works when the remote staff (often located in far-off parts of the world) can access information and data as if they were local. With WAN Optimisation, organizations can enable just that. In addition, they won’t get stuck with requirements to buy large, expensive international links or set up remote infrastructure on the outsourcers’ premises.
  9. Make data protection faster and cheaper. In good times or bad times, data protection is a necessity. Many businesses simply throw more bandwidth at data protection in the hopes that they can replicate and restore an ever-increasing amount of data in an ever-shrinking backup window. Organizations that use WAN Optimisation often see that they can accelerate their disaster recovery operations while cutting bandwidth needs at the same time.
  10. Prepare the business for the future. WAN Optimisation allows businesses to cut costs now without sacrificing the future. Because WAN Optimisation is an enabling technology across the complete enterprise, a small investment now can prepare the business to grow rapidly when the time is right. New IT projects can be deployed faster and with better performance across the WAN. This enables the IT department to be more responsive to business needs in good times or bad.