SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 09/11/13 --
Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the application performance company, today announced that the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) has deployed Riverbed® Steelhead® wide area network (WAN) optimization appliances in 12 of its African offices and in many field offices. With the Steelhead appliances in place, the Foundation has seen application performance from its consolidated data center improve by as much as 24 times, resulting in increased employee productivity and better allocation of IT resources. As a result, the non-profit organization has seen communications with donors improve, donations rise and ultimately, more of its time focused on its mission of saving lives.
Today, transmission of HIV from a mother to her newborn is very rare in North America and Europe thanks in large part to EGPAF's work providing HIV testing and care and treatment for expecting mothers. Now the Foundation is focused on transferring this successful care and treatment to other parts of the world with high mother-to-child transmission rates, particularly sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, EGPAF operates in 12 African countries with a main office in each country. Each main office oversees a number of field offices, which in turn direct the activities of nearly 5,400 local healthcare sites that provide testing, treatment, and patient education services.
The main offices and field offices are equipped with computers and Internet access, which employees use to communicate with each other and with EGPAF offices in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and Geneva. Employees in Africa also use the Internet to access centralized applications such as a contract management system, a reporting system called Global AIDS System for Evaluation and Reporting (GLASER), and an HR performance evaluation system. As the Foundation continued to grow, poor application performance over inconsistent WAN links heavily impacted productivity and donor communications.
"When we first put these web-based systems in, they ran very slowly," said Mark Reilley, director of information technology at EGPAF. "In our office in Rwanda, it took employees eight minutes to download a user manual for the contract management system. In Swaziland, people would log in to use the performance evaluation system, then complete other assignments while the page loaded."