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LONDON, UK – 8 June 2016 – Riverbed Technology, the leader in application performance infrastructure, today announced its partner CDW UK is offering a new service that relieves the burden of managing local infrastructure at remote locations. ServiceWorks Local uses Riverbed® SteelFusion™ to create a software defined edge solution that extends the power and security of centralized data centers out to remote office and branch locations.
“Organizations need IT infrastructure that doesn’t impede the growth of their business. This is particularly important for infrastructure situated in numerous remote locations, where business occurs,” said Joe Bombagi, Director of SteelFusion, EMEA and APJ at Riverbed. “We’re pleased to collaborate in partnership with CDW UK to bring the unique value of Riverbed SteelFusion to more businesses and organizations in the UK.”
ServiceWorks Local is suited to any organization that operates one or more remote office or branch site locations and geographically dispersed IT systems. As the number of branch sites increases, so does the complexity of managing distributed IT. By eliminating the need to purchase, maintain, and backup servers in remote offices, ServiceWorks Local offers a cost effective solution to implement across enterprise IT infrastructures.
“Riverbed SteelFusion enables organizations to instantly provision new services and entirely new branches, as well as instantly recover from remote outages,” said Andy Eccles, Chief Technology Officer & Vice President International at CDW. “Combining this with CDW UK’s data centers results in a software defined edge solution that is easy to deploy. Partnering with Riverbed has enabled us to remain ahead of the curve, bringing a unique “Branch-as-a-Service” offering to the UK market, which removes all the headaches associated with distributed computing.”
The solution can be tailored to host a number of virtual machines, sized to suit from small to large remote offices. Intelligent storage delivery, virtualization and WAN optimization are converged into one stateless appliance that replaces traditional infrastructure in remote locations, and is offered through CDW UK as a managed service. The SteelFusion solution uniquely enables costly remote IT operations, such as backup, recovery and provisioning of new sites and services to happen quickly from the central data center, and removes the need to rely on IT personnel onsite. 100% of company data assets, much of which is typically left vulnerable at remote locations, can now also be protected in the data center, without compromising any of the business critical performance needed for remote workers to stay productive.
Bombagi concluded: “CDW UK’s experience and global reach makes them a strong partner for Riverbed. This partnership gives Riverbed and our team an option for UK customers to adopt a managed service for SteelFusion, and we believe that CDW UK’s simple-to-consume model will help grow SteelFusion sales in the region.”
ServiceWorks Local is available now in the UK. For more information, visit CDW.
Combining best-of-breed virtualization, intelligent storage delivery, and industry-leading WAN optimization, SteelFusion is the only hyper-converged infrastructure solution designed with the unique challenges of remote and branch office (ROBO) IT in mind. Unlike hyper-converged solutions purpose-built to simplify data center infrastructures, SteelFusion is built to enable the “software defined edge.” SteelFusion simultaneously meets the top requirements of businesses, IT organizations and employees by reducing the operational cost of managing remote locations, increasing data security through centralization and encryption of data at rest and in flight, improving business continuity and IT agility with 100x faster recovery times and up to 30x faster deployment of branch services and sites, and providing up to a 100x increase in application performance at the branch for greater productivity.
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