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Riverbed Allows European Insurance Provider CBP to Take Control of Branch IT with a Software-Defined Edge

 

Riverbed SteelFusion eliminates remote offices’ physical servers and keeps company data safe in the data center, while fully integrated Riverbed SteelHead enables great application performance

SAN FRANCISCO – NOVEMBER 30, 2016 – Riverbed Technology, the application performance company, today announced that CBP, a European insurance provider, is using Riverbed SteelFusion™ with integrated Riverbed® SteelHead™ WAN optimization technology to improve application performance, enhance data security, and virtualize servers at its subsidiaries across Europe.

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SteelFusion has allowed the company to greatly simplify and consolidate branch office IT data and operations at the edge, with virtual servers running applications and services on SteelFusion, and subsidiaries’ data now housed centrally where it is secure, eliminating risk for the company.  Data security is especially critical in the insurance industry, with the need to protect sensitive customer information and data.  

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IT can also be easily scaled up and down without the need for remote IT staff to travel to remote locations, and recovery from outages takes only a few hours.  Fully integrated SteelHead WAN optimization ensures that centralized applications perform well across the network even in offices located 1,000 km from CBP’s data center.

CBP, an expert in creditor protection insurance, brokerage and loan insurance, consulting and risk products, has been offering its clients a range of bespoke digital solutions for 25 years. With headquarters in the Nantes region of France and operations across Europe in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany and Poland, CBP has more than 700 employees.

When CBP opened its first European subsidiaries, the company soon noticed that applications installed at its headquarters were not fully operational from the remote offices. “The first application that caused us the most headaches was our file sharing application, which we use constantly to manage the various documents required for insurance dossiers. In addition, there were challenges with the messaging service, which was absolutely vital,” explained Olivier Lavry, head of Networks & Telecoms at CBP.

To resolve that problem, CBP installed the industry’s #1 WAN optimization solution, Riverbed® SteelHeadTM, at new sites in Germany and Portugal.

Increased activity and the addition of more subsidiaries a few years later required rethinking its approach to remote IT infrastructure even more broadly. Expanding on the success of SteelHead, CBP deployed SteelFusion at every remote location that formerly had local servers and storage. SteelFusion simplifies remote office IT with a software-defined edge solution that hyper-converges intelligent storage caching, server virtualization, and industry leading WAN optimization technologies, enabling data, storage and backup to be centralized, without any compromise to application performance at remote sites.

“Today, no applications or data are stored locally. Everything is centralized in our data center, with users accessing information in real-time,” said Lavry. “The major advantage of using SteelFusion with integrated SteelHead technology is that the data is protected and, in the event of a business continuity plan being triggered in a remote subsidiary, it can be up and running in just a few hours either from its own premises or from an external structure.”

IT for new offices can be set up very quickly with SteelFusion, and then managed locally. “We can now outsource a subsidiary's maintenance to a local IT expert or a maintenance company, which can intervene in under four hours," explained Lavry. “Riverbed SteelFusion and SteelHead have given us back control over our branch IT. We can be certain that staff are getting the best possible user experience and if we need to scale a branch up or down, we know we can do it quickly and efficiently.”

About Riverbed

Riverbed, at more than $1 billion in annual revenue, is the leader in Application Performance Infrastructure, delivering the most complete platform for the hybrid enterprise to ensure applications perform as expected, data is always available when needed, and performance issues can be proactively detected and resolved before impacting business performance. Riverbed enables hybrid enterprises to transform application performance into a competitive advantage by maximizing employee productivity and leveraging IT to create new forms of operational agility. Riverbed's 28,000+ customers include 97% of the Fortune 100 and 98% of the Forbes Global 100. Learn more at www.riverbed.com.

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