September 4, 2008

Willis Group Deploys Riverbed’s Steelhead WDS Appliances

Riverbed Technology, a provider of wide-area data services, has announced that insurance broker Willis Group has deployed over 100 Steelhead appliances around the world.

According to Riverbed, this deployment has enabled Willis to consolidate its IT infrastructure, with anticipated savings of $30 million over five years, while improving access to information for its global workforce.

Riverbed Steelhead wide-area data services (WDS) products reportedly enable companies to consolidate IT, improve backup and replication processes to ensure data integrity, and improve staff productivity and collaboration.

Eoghan Doyle, director of infrastructure and operations at the Willis Group, said: "We looked at technical capabilities, viability of the company, and the overall costs of the solution. Riverbed was chosen over the other vendors, particularly Cisco, because of the breadth of functionality. The Cisco solution met one of six criteria, but Riverbed gave us five of the six we wanted, and the breadth of capability was the key differentiator."