KTR Kupplungstechnik GmbH: Manufacturing Company Consolidates Data Backup and Disaster Recovery (DR) Systems to Private Cloud, and Improves Employee Productivity With Riverbed Steelhead Appliances
KTR had consolidated most of its IT systems to a private cloud infrastructure based at its central data center in Germany, and wanted to further consolidate its data backup systems. However, users in remote branch offices began to complain of poor download speeds over the WAN for critical applications, such as SAP. KTR chose to implement a WAN optimization solution from Riverbed and installed Steelhead appliances and Steelhead Mobile across its offices. KTR has now experienced a 12x improvement in file download speeds, and a 3x reduction in bandwidth utilization. The company has seen a dramatic improvement in employee productivity and transactions using the SAP GUI now take seconds instead of minutes and reduced its backup window by 80%.