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Riverbed Technology

October 11, 2011 09:00 ET

Engineering Consulting Firm Speeds Disaster Recovery in the Cloud to Enhance Data Protection With Riverbed Whitewater

Psomas Leverages Cloud Storage Gateway to Reduce Backup-Related Costs, Operational Burdens and Complexity While Enabling Faster Recovery

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 11, 2011) - Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the IT performance company, today announced that Psomas, an engineering consulting firm, has deployed 11 Riverbed® Whitewater® cloud storage gateways across its offices in the western United States to eliminate tape backup and speed its disaster recovery (DR) for enhanced data protection. With Whitewater gateways, Psomas has streamlined its DR processes, protecting more data, more often, enabling faster recovery while lowering total cost of ownership. By reducing storage requirements by an average of 22x with Whitewater gateways, Psomas has dramatically reduced backup-related storage costs, operational burdens and complexity.

Psomas is a leading engineering consulting firm serving clients in the transportation, water, site development, federal and energy markets across the western United States. The firm had previously used a tape backup process that was costly, cumbersome, inefficient and labor-intensive. Psomas Chief Information Officer Chris Pinckney knew that, as a fast-paced engineering firm that regularly uses large AutoCAD files, the company needed to consider alternatives to backup on tape. After extensive investigation, he chose a cloud storage infrastructure as the means to simplify and enhance data protection, directly targeting his existing Symantec Backup Exec to Amazon's Simple Storage Service (S3) using Whitewater gateways, all at a cost advantage of 30-50%.

"Psomas is like many other organizations today dealing with exponential growth in data. Our use of large AutoCAD files made tape backup too slow and painful to use as we continued to grow," said Pinckney. "We were able to simply drop Whitewater gateways into our environment to easily optimize backup and take advantage of the scale and flexibility of the cloud without any changes to our existing infrastructure."

With some very straightforward initial configuration, the Whitewater gateway was up and running in less than an hour. With Whitewater gateways, Psomas deduplicates, compresses and encrypts backup data sets before storing them in a local cache and securely accelerating them over the network to Amazon. Psomas now experiences an average data reduction of 22x, reaching as high as 29x in some locations, saving the company network transmission costs and storage costs in the Amazon S3 cloud. "This solution significantly reduces the data size we have to send to the public cloud. Not only does this provide significant cost savings, but it also speeds replication to our cloud storage provider and makes recovery quick and easy to any location, which greatly enhances our data protection," added Pinckney.

Psomas is now more confident in its ability to quickly recover its data in hours should a disaster occur, instead of days or weeks with tape. The secure disk cache in Whitewater gateways provides Psomas with instant local access to the most recent backup data sets. In cases where data is recovered from the cloud, restores and DR are now faster than with the manual process of locating and recovering tape from offsite vaults and pulling the backup data from the correct tapes.

Whitewater gateways have also provided Psomas with flexibility in managing IT resources. If Psomas decides to change cloud service providers or backup tools, Whitewater gateways can easily accommodate this change. "It's quite flexible for the future, as it's scalable and works with multiple cloud providers and most backup tools," concluded Pinckney.

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