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Fleet management firm LeasePlan speeds networked apps and data back-up times

Antony Savvas

Fleet management firm LeasePlan is improving application response times and has consolidated data back-up with a system from Riverbed Technology.

LeasePlan upgraded its wide-area network (Wan) as part of a global project to rationalise its network operation to a single service provider.

The end goal was to improve the performance of applications over the network and deliver cost savings to the organisation. Unfortunately, the outcome did not yield such results, so the IT team were forced to look elsewhere to satisfy their application performance improvement needs.

LeasePlan's IT reseller, Redstor, recommended Riverbed Technology. After a consultation and trial period with the Riverbed Steelhead appliances, LeasePlan UK installed Steelhead products at each of its four UK locations.

Upon activation, LeasePlan recognised a 10 times performance improvement in application response times, particularly for Microsoft office applications, and cut its Wan-based backup and update process from 1.5 hours to 20 minutes.

"The Riverbed Steelhead appliances do 'what it says on the tin,' the installation was quick and simple and the results were noticeable almost instantaneously," said Andy Hussey, IT infrastructure architect at LeasePlan UK.

"We needed a solution that would allow our employees to share information across the four UK sites. The Riverbed installation has effectively increased our network capacity by up to five times, with speed of document access increasing substantially," said Hussey.


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