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FM Logistic Reduce Network Costs with Riverbed

Riverbed - the Application Performance Company

Riverbed Technology, the application performance company, has announced that FM Logistic, an international leader in warehousing, transport and packaging, is using Riverbed SteelHead to reduce global network costs while improving application performance and business agility. In the year since it was deployed, Riverbed SteelHead with its industry-leading WAN-Optimisation and application-defined SDN-WAN (software-defined WAN) capabilities, delivered dramatic improvements in employee productivity by increasing network resiliency, accelerating application performance and reducing network costs worldwide, leading to payback period of 12 months.

Based in France, FM Logistic is a French Logistics business, founded in 1967. The company operates in 13 countries, with a staff of over 12,800 and more than 700 applications running on its network. In 2015, revenues grew to $1.2 billion and corporate customers include L’Oréal Bosch, Nestlé and Unilever.

IT efficiency plays a major role in both innovation and cost control. FM Logistic completed a major upgrade of the network in 2011, using over 70 Riverbed SteelHead appliances to optimise WAN efficiency and deliver a five-fold increase in bandwidth, as well as providing end-to-end visibility of all applications.

“But the world evolves,” said Michel Boulay, Enterprise Network Architect, FM Logistic. “The WAN optimisation project was extremely valuable to the business, but I was concerned with backups and outages. Being disconnected for even 1-2 second can mean users lose 15 minutes reconnecting and recovering the lost data. That can create a huge business impact when you’re talking about 1,000 users.”

FM Logistic embarked on a project leveraging Riverbed’s Path Selection capability, a key component of Riverbed’s SD-WAN solution. GM Logistic was one of the first customers to test and deploy this solution resulting in a win-win innovation partnership for both organisations. The use of Path Selection automatically mapped FM Logistic’s 700+ applications into business-relevant groups. Once that performance of business-critical applications is assured even if network conditions change. For Mr. Boulay, as a network engineer with 16 years’ experience, the real beauty of the improved network is flexibility: “I needed flexibility, now I have it! I can route applications which is impossible to do with basic routing techniques.”

Fully implemented, the Path Selection project has created a more efficient, flexibile and reliable network. Michel Boulay estimates large, recurrent cost savings and a ROI of 12 months: “With SteelHead and the Path Selection project, we have more bandwidth for less money. Previously, network costs could have made some new applications unacceptable. Today, we have bandwidth to spare, so I can accommodate new applications quickly and at a high quality.”

Read the official press release from Riverbed here.

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