SAN FRANCISCO—February 25, 2014— Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the leader in application performance infrastructure, today announced Bill Barrett Corporation, an oil and natural gas exploration and development company, is using Riverbed® Granite® branch converged infrastructure to speed remote site disaster recovery and shrink restore times to just minutes. The Riverbed Granite solution enables Bill Barrett to consolidate servers and storage in the datacenter and streamline IT management, without sacrificing any of the benefits of having servers at the edge close to users. Bill Barrett now centrally protects and secures data while significantly lowering the total cost of ownership (TCO) of remote branch offices.
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Bill Barrett faced several challenges managing IT resources on-site at remote branch offices for active exploration and development properties in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. Aging infrastructure was difficult to support and inconsistent server and data backups at these remote sites made recovery uncertain and put data at risk. In addition, slow applications and data availability issues made remote workers less productive.
Trace3, a systems integrator and Riverbed partner, introduced the Riverbed Granite solution to Bill Barrett, highlighting its innovative approach at eliminating the headaches of branch office IT. After a short trial, Bill Barrett saw the distinct and unique advantage of delivering remote IT with the Granite solution and how it would significantly lower the TCO of branch offices.
"In the past, where remote site backup was inconsistent or non-existent, we had to tell our employees that recovery was not possible, and they had to recreate the files that were lost. This impacted productivity and frustrated employees," said Jerry Vigil, director of IT operations at Bill Barrett Corporation. "With Riverbed Granite, we have simplified and centralized the management of backups to the datacenter, allowing us to recover data in minutes versus hours or even days. With Granite, we have cut 67% of the cost of replacing servers and storage in our branch offices and remote sites and have recognized additional cost savings by eliminating the need to contract third-party IT support for remote sites."
With Granite, Bill Barrett reduces risk and improves security without sacrificing the performance needed by employees in edge locations. The company can now centrally provision, upgrade and patch branch systems and resume operations with minimal disruption. The deployment of Riverbed® Steelhead® WAN optimization in conjunction with Granite also provides remote workers with better performance for centralized business critical applications, including Microsoft SharePoint and Exchange, as well as VoIP.
"The combined solution of Riverbed Granite and Steelhead was a very strategic investment for us. Looking ahead, we now have a blueprint for expandability based on our business plans, and Riverbed sits at the very center of it," concluded Vigil.
Riverbed Granite and Riverbed Steelhead
Riverbed Granite is a branch converged infrastructure solution that eliminates the headache of branch office IT, consolidating servers and storage into the datacenter without sacrificing any of the benefits of having servers at the edge close to users. Granite expedites branch office provisioning, backup and recovery and ensures continuous operations when disasters occur from any cause - weather, fire or accident. With Granite, businesses can restore branch operations in a matter of minutes vs. days, centrally protect and secure data in the datacenter and significantly lower the TCO of branch and remote offices.
Riverbed Steelhead is the industry's #1 WAN optimization solution that accelerates the delivery of applications to the branch and from the cloud and allows IT to prioritize delivery of mission-critical applications over the fastest networks. Riverbed is currently the only vendor positioned in the leaders quadrant of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization controllers and has been recognized as a leader in this report for six years in a row. With Steelhead, Riverbed pioneered WAN optimization in 2004 with unique innovations for application and data streamlining across the WAN and Internet to deliver the best end-user experience regardless of location, network or device while dramatically reducing network bandwidth. With Steelhead, SaaS apps can be delivered up to 33x faster while using 97% less bandwidth. As a result, Steelhead has become critical to Microsoft Office 365 deployments with over one million users being accelerated to date.
Riverbed Granite and Riverbed Steelhead are part of the Riverbed Application Performance Platform™, the most complete platform for location-independent computing. The Riverbed Application Performance Platform is a set of integrated software solutions that give companies the flexibility to host applications and data in the locations that best serve the business while ensuring the flawless delivery of those apps to better leverage global resources, radically reduce the cost of running their business and maximize employee productivity.
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