Riverbed assists Sub-Zero Centralize 350 Applications to accelerate cloud applications

By CIOReview | Tuesday, February 23, 2016
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SAN FRANCISCO: Riverbed, a provider of end-to-end visibility, optimization and control throughout an enterprise announced that two of its flagship solutions from the Riverbed Application Performance Platform are being used by Sub-Zero Group, Inc. to deliver the fast application performance and application-aware network visibility. These solutions are engaged for the success of a major IT consolidation of 350 business applications. Using Riverbed SteelHead optimizing application performance, Sub-Zero’s end user experience at manufacturing plants and showrooms around the country is comparable to the user experience at the company’s headquarters. Sub-Zero accelerates cloud applications, such as Office 365 using SteelHead SaaS and Riverbed SteelCentral gives Sub-Zero’s IT team a single source of operational control for application performance. With Riverbed solution, applications function in a desired manner and data is accessible on time, detecting and resolving the performance issues proactively.

Sub-Zero Group, Inc. is a manufacturer of luxury appliances, including the Sub-Zero line of refrigerators and freezers and the Wolf line of cooking products. An MPLS network links all of the company’s show rooms, operations, the company’s Wisconsin headquarters and primary data center, a disaster recovery (DR) facility in Arizona, and six affiliated distributors across the United States.

Sub-Zero’s distributors had its own IT environment, including on-site IT staff, as well as phone, email and office applications, when the company director of IT, Erika Ferrell, inaugurated a consolidation initiative with the goal to house and manage the entire IT environment from the primary data center at the Wisconsin headquarters. This was done with the motive to standardize applications across all of Sub-Zero’s facilities, and deliver fast and consistent application performance to all users.

Sub-Zero is working on other plans to enhance their IT environment, such as transitioning more applications to SaaS, where ever required. “We set this very high bar as far as application performance, and with Riverbed, we met it,” said Ferrell. “I'm confident that we're ahead of the curve, and that we’ve set ourselves up nicely for the future.”