SOURCE: Riverbed Technology

November 12, 2008 09:00 ET

Riverbed Accelerates Military Satellite Networks to Improve Collaboration and Mission Productivity

New Virtualized SkipWare Software Package on the Riverbed Services Platform Helps Government Enterprises Achieve Greater Application Performance and Maintain SCPS Interoperability While Lowering IT Infrastructure Costs

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - November 12, 2008) - Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the technology and market leader in wide-area data services (WDS), today announced a new offering that helps government enterprises achieve greater application performance across satellite wide area networks (WANs) while maintaining SCPS (Space Communication Protocol Standards) interoperability. By implementing a SCPS-enabled Steelhead® appliance government enterprises have timely and secure access to mission-critical information. Riverbed® leverages Global Protocols' SkipWare SCPS solution to run on the Riverbed Services Platform (RSP).

Military satellite communications are subjected to a harsh array of environmental and operational conditions that can drastically impair the performance of the network. While satellite enables mobility, bandwidth efficiency is reduced by weather effects, interference, blockage and high-bandwidth-delay products degrading throughput and jeopardizing mission-critical communications. SCPS is a protocol solution that military organizations throughout the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) rely on to overcome challenges associated with satellite WANs and deliver a reliable satellite communications connection in support of military missions, regardless of the operating conditions. To date, military forces have found that many WAN optimization solutions are not SCPS-compliant and therefore lack the degree of interoperability desired by all military customers. At the same time many standalone SCPS implementations are limited in acceleration capabilities.

Riverbed now offers military forces the best of both worlds with the award-winning WAN acceleration capabilities of Steelhead appliances alongside best of breed SCPS functionality from Global Protocols.

"Government enterprises within the federal market, like many commercial enterprises, are constantly looking for opportunities to leverage the investment they've made in core technologies. This mission-critical solution specifically addresses pain points within the federal market as organizations look to comply with industry protocols without hindering mission productivity," said William Hartwell, general manager and senior director of Federal Markets Divisions at Riverbed. "The combined offering provides best-of-breed solutions -- from Riverbed and Global Protocols -- both of which have proven solutions within government enterprises spanning Homeland Security, DoD and the Intelligence community."

Riverbed will demonstrate the benefits of this solution at MILCOM 2008 taking place November 17 - 19, 2008 in San Diego, Calif. MILCOM is the international conference for military communications, attracting decision-makers from government, military, academia, and industry. Attendees can visit Riverbed at booth #1747 to learn additional details on achieving greater application performance across satellite WANs while maintaining SCPS interoperability.

Accelerating Military Satellite WANs with Riverbed Services Platform

Global Protocols' SCPS protocol solution, SkipWare, is delivered as a software package on the RSP. The RSP is an enterprise-class platform that enables a drastic reduction in an enterprise's IT footprint by running up to five third-party software modules at one time -- without the need for separate dedicated servers. Agencies benefit from further consolidation of their IT infrastructure at the branch and even greater ROI on their Steelhead appliance investment.

"We are very pleased to see SkipWare run on Steelhead appliances," said Global Protocols' VP of Business Development Nick Yuran. "We see it as further validation of our position in the satellite industry that a market leader such as Riverbed would choose SkipWare as its standard SCPS implementation. We look forward to the market opportunities presented by coupling SkipWare and the Steelhead appliances, and the impact we will have together within not only the federal market, but within all enterprises that utilize satellite networking for critical communication."

By taking advantage of a SCPS-enabled Steelhead appliance, users can now:

--  Achieve comprehensive, cross-layer optimization without sacrificing
    standards compliance or interoperability, seamlessly linking multiple
    vendor technologies across different military satellite communication
--  Experience optimized connectivity to the STEP and Teleport systems,
    optimized connectivity with any SkipWare-based military network, and full
    interoperability with any other SCPS-based network.
--  Take advantage of hybrid functionality, which allows customers to use
    either Riverbed optimization technology, SkipWare for SCPS-TP, or both as
    required, enabling military customers a greater degree of flexibility in
    how they deploy Riverbed appliances.
--  Leverage powerful functionality in one box, eliminating the need for
    multiple in-line appliances in the field and the need to engage multiple
    support channels for troubleshooting.

Military organizations will experience the following benefits from implementing a SCPS-enabled Steelhead appliance:

--  Accelerated applications over a satellite WAN
--  Reduced bandwidth usage by removing redundant data from the WAN
--  Optimized connectivity with a SkipWare-based military network
--  Maintain full interoperability with other SCPS-based networks

Steelhead Products

Riverbed WDS solutions enable organizations of all sizes to overcome a host of severe problems, including poor application performance and insufficient bandwidth at remote sites. By speeding the performance of applications between data centers, remote offices and mobile workers by five to 50 times and in some cases up to 100 times, the Riverbed award-winning Steelhead WDS products enable companies to consolidate IT, improve backup and replication processes to ensure data integrity, and improve staff productivity and collaboration. Steelhead products have been deployed in organizations ranging from the world's largest corporations with offices around the globe to small companies with a couple of sites that are just miles apart. To learn more, view Riverbed's demo:

Forward Looking Statements

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