Riverbed WAN optimization aids non-profit clinic to save $1 mn 

Riverbed Technology, a provider of application performance infrastructure, announced it has been selected by Carilion Clinic to reduce the cost of application delivery while also improving medical care.

With Riverbed SteelHead, Carilion Clinic was able to switch from high-cost fiber optic network circuits to less expensive circuits and still get the same or better application performance, resulting in savings of nearly $1 million in IT operating costs annually, as per their claims.

Headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia, Carilion Clinic is a non-profit health care organization consisting of seven hospitals along with a number of outpatient care centers. The organization serves one million patients throughout southwest Virginia.

Carilion Clinic has primary and secondary data centers in Roanoke, where mission-critical applications such as a picture archiving and communication system from AGFA (used for radiological services) and EPIC (an EMR application delivered via Citrix) are centralized.


The healthcare provider originally used expensive fiber optic network circuits, and was looking for a cost-effective alternative to get the same level of performance with the OC3 circuits in the fiber optic network.

Riverbed’s WAN optimization service was chosen as the best alternative as they found it gives 10 to 15 times throughput in the neighbourhood.

SteelHead has reduced bandwidth costs significantly while maintaining high end user satisfaction, according to officials at Carilion Clinic.

Riverbed Application Performance Platform is designed to give CIOs end-to-end visibility, optimization and control across the enterprise. It also ensures business performance SLAs through an application-aware approach to hybrid networking based on centralized business intent-based policies.

Rajani Baburajan