Global RF Systems Manufacturer

Enable global manufacturer to deploly a centralized SAP PLM system
Manufacturing industry


  • Improve collaboration with a new product lifecycle management (PLM) System
  • Simplify IT infrastructure to reduce cost, complexity, and management
  • Each site was going to require a “translation server” to allow CAD drawings to be converted to PDF format.
  • As well as a local backup system to ensure that the work done each day was properly backed up.


  • Significantly shortened product development cycle
  • Eliminated need to deploy additional IT staff, and 60 additional servers
  • Savings of $15,000 in annual bandwidth costs alone
  • Payback period of just 9 months


This large global designer, manufacturer, and supplier of communications equipment, services, and systems is headquartered in Illinois. The company generated $2.1 billion in revenues in 2005, and has more than 11,000 employees around the world, in 60 locations. Design staff is distributed among 15 locations, including international offices.

Riverbed Steelhead Appliances Enable a Global Manufacturer to Deploy a Centralized SAP PLM System



  • One Steelhead appliance was deployed in each of 15 offices


“The centralized deployment of mySAP PLM immediately eliminated the need for 15 to 20 other servers, distributed among global offices.”

IT manager

customer story

Illinois, Chicago



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