Electronic component distribution firm Abacus Group has deployed Steelhead wide-area data services from Riverbed Technologies at sites across Europe to boost application performance and reduce bandwidth consumption.
Abacus has developed rapidly, both through business growth and acquisitions. It now has 42 sites with 635 remote users, and has consolidated its operations by developing centralised applications for warehousing, distribution and sales.
But the fast growth of the firm has put an increasing strain on the firm’s IT infrastructure, with applications performing poorly across its European wide area network.
Abacus opted to deploy the Riverbed appliances to reduce bandwidth and operational costs and improve the performance of its applications, rather than buying in more bandwidth – a move the company saw as prohibitively expensive.
It carried out a six-week pilot with the Steelhead appliances at three sites, including a busy sales offices that was approaching the limits of its bandwidth capacity because of the amount of data it handled.
Abacus networks and security manager Gary Jennings said: “Riverbed’s Steelhead appliances improved the performance of our collaborative applications by five times, vastly improving the productivity of remote workers.”
He added that users noticed the difference, with employees at remote sites able to download files from across the wide area network “as if they were working on a LAN”.