Riverbed solutions enhance remote work productivity: Report

The ESG report states that Riverbed application acceleration solutions provide significant data reduction in file transfer and consistent acceleration of widely used SaaS applications

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Riverbed has announced the results of the ESG (Enterprise Strategy Group) technical evaluation that tested Riverbed Application Acceleration Services in environments that emulate a modern, distributed organisation providing core collaboration services via SaaS to employees across multiple locations worldwide.

The ESG report findings concluded, through hands-on testing and actual production use across 13 global locations, that Riverbed application acceleration solutions provide significant data reduction in file transfer and consistent acceleration of widely used SaaS applications such as Microsoft O365 and Salesforce.

The report validated Riverbed’s solutions, SaaS Accelerator and Client Accelerator, significantly and consistently accelerate data transfers to and from SaaS applications from anywhere across the globe. The testing concluded that Riverbed significantly accelerated Microsoft O365 in every region tested. In many cases, the report noted files transfers that previously took minutes were reduced to seconds. Additionally, ESG found data reduction was remarkably consistent across all sites, averaging nearly 81% globally.

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The report quantified the results in stating that organisations can reclaim thousands of hours of lost productivity per year even for moderate data users. In one scenario ESG modeled, a company with 10,000 workers, would recover 70,000 hours, equivalent to a full year’s time of productivity for 40 employees, or more than $3 million in productivity savings. Furthermore, ESG stated that organisations can very easily attach this technology today as part of a revised business operations plan and enable workers to be productive from anywhere – including home offices, off-site at client locations, or cafes or airports.

The ESG study started in early March when most employees were in offices and ended during the pandemic that required most employees to work from home. As employees increasingly began working remotely, they were challenged with unpredictable network performance, often magnified with multiple people within a household accessing various applications or collaboration tools simultaneously. A recent ESG survey found that 95% of knowledge workers reported they were working from home as a result of the pandemic, versus 10% previously, and the majority of those surveyed want to continue to work remotely moving forward.

“More than ever, organisations desperately need technology that can deliver results quickly, increase productivity and performance, and deliver a better user experience regardless of location. Even long-term, after COVID-19 passes, we expect to see greater workplace flexibility, with more employees working from anywhere,” said Subbu Iyer, Chief Marketing Officer at Riverbed.

“Riverbed Acceleration Solutions play an important role in driving productivity and minimising the issues of latency and data congestion that are inhibitors to maximising the full value enterprises can achieve from SaaS applications – whether a user is working from a remote location or in an office. The report findings further validate the SaaS and client/mobile acceleration that many of our customers are already experiencing.”

ESG validated Riverbed Application Acceleration solutions – specifically SaaS Accelerator and Riverbed Client Accelerator – as part of the technical evaluation.

ESG began conducting its technical evaluation in March 2020. The report used three specific metrics for the evaluation: latency as it relates to application performance, data reduction specific to network efficiency, and productivity savings. ESG personnel tested SaaS Accelerator and Client Accelerator from locations in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

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