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October 12, 2009

ABDI Deploys Riverbed Steelhead To Improve Disaster Recovery

ABDI obtained a return on investment in 10 months while reducing bandwidth usage, improving disaster recovery processes

By CBR Staff Writer

Riverbed Technology has declared that ABD Insurance & Financial Services (ABDI) has deployed Riverbed Steelhead appliances in its two data centers and at each of its 14 branch offices.

The company claims that ABDI obtained a return on investment in 10 months while reducing bandwidth usage, improving disaster recovery processes, and accelerating access to email for employees.

ABDI provides insurance brokerage, risk management, and employee benefits consulting solutions and services in the US. It is critical for ABDI to keep customer data centralised and secure, while also ensuring that the data is quickly accessible by employees in remote offices.

However, the distance between its centralised data and branch offices led employees to experience slow response times when accessing customer data and communicating with team members in dispersed offices via email.

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In addition, the large amount of data that was distributed to and from dispersed offices in a day, could not be backed up within 24 hours. This presented a major obstacle for ABDI’s disaster recovery (DR) efforts, as data replication times were exceeding seven days.

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