SOURCE: Riverbed Technology

November 10, 2010 13:04 ET

Riverbed Accelerates the Globally Connected Enterprise

Demonstrates New Public Cloud Solutions at Events Worldwide; Complete Portfolio of IT Performance Solutions Delivers Anytime, Anywhere IT Performance

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - November 10, 2010) -  Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the IT performance company, today introduced new solutions for both applications and storage in public cloud environments that build on its success in enabling organizations large and small to build private clouds. These new offerings, in combination with Riverbed's existing award-winning wide area network (WAN) optimization and visibility solutions, will help IT organizations deliver to globally connected enterprises anytime, anywhere IT performance -- without requiring changes to their existing infrastructure.

At a publicly Webcast cloud launch event in New York City and at live events in the San Francisco Bay Area and London, Riverbed® today is demonstrating the benefits of its two new solutions, Riverbed Cloud Steelhead™ and Riverbed Whitewater™. Participating in the worldwide launch with Riverbed are cloud providers Amazon, AT&T, BT, EMC®, Nirvanix and Orange Business Services. In addition, Riverbed customers AVST, International Justice Mission, Pump Solutions Group and Razorfish are presenting on their real-world experiences using the new solutions in public cloud environments. 

The live webcast can be heard here.

To embrace globalization and empower employees in remote offices, IT departments have traditionally deployed rich resources at the enterprise edge. To overcome the complexity of this model, many global enterprises have consolidated their IT resources into private clouds. However, as data moves farther from users at the edge, distance slows performance. Global enterprises have deployed WAN optimization and visibility solutions to help overcome this issue. Today, more than 8,700 enterprises worldwide depend on Riverbed to understand, optimize and consolidate their IT infrastructure.

As organizations begin to incorporate public cloud into their IT strategies, they find that the same performance issues that impact private clouds and IT consolidation projects challenge them in public cloud environments.

"IT organizations at globally connected enterprises are charged with delivering highly efficient and secure IT, while still providing a rich experience to end users at the edge," said Eric Wolford, senior vice president of marketing and business development at Riverbed. "Private and public clouds offer the promise of efficiency and flexibility, but come with performance barriers caused by the distance between users and their data. Riverbed helps deliver flexible, accelerated performance without requiring IT organizations to make changes to their current architecture. And, as new vendors and approaches are adopted, Riverbed will be there to deliver the performance that enterprises require in simple, easy to deploy and manage solutions." 

Unleashing the Power of Applications in the Cloud

In order to both accelerate the migration of data to the public cloud and improve performance for applications hosted in the public cloud, Riverbed today introduced the new Riverbed Cloud Steelhead. By overcoming application and network performance problems, Cloud Steelhead instances accelerate the process of migrating data and applications to the public cloud, and accelerate access to that data and those applications from anywhere.

Cloud Steelhead v1.0 will initially integrate with Amazon EC2 and Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC). To ensure seamless cloud integration, Cloud Steelhead instances will offer the "Steelhead® Discovery Agent" that offers a new form of transparent cloud interception, which ensures that WAN optimization can be used in highly automated, virtualized environments where the physical location of the customer's server might change at any time; a subscription-based pricing model that enables cloud-like economics for WAN optimization; a "Riverbed Cloud Portal" for simple, portal-based management; and easy cloning, which will allow administrators to use their existing Cloud Steelhead settings and configurations to bring new Cloud Steelhead instances online quickly and easily.

Unleashing the Power of Cloud Storage

Enterprises are looking to enrich their data protection strategies further with cloud storage, enabling them to securely move data off-site without investing in a secondary data center, accelerate recovery times, drive down the cost of backup, and pay for storage only as they need it. By extending its award-winning acceleration and deduplication capabilities to cloud storage, Riverbed will provide organizations with a fast, secure and cost-efficient method to seamlessly integrate cloud storage into their existing backup infrastructure and disaster recovery strategies.

Introduced today, the new Riverbed Whitewater appliance, a cloud storage accelerator targeting backup and select archive workloads, provides a simple, efficient way to offsite data to cloud storage environments powered by EMC® Atmos®, AT&T Synaptic Storage as a Service(SM), and Amazon S3.

Industry Support for Riverbed Whitewater and Riverbed Cloud Steelhead

Read what Riverbed partners have said about the impact the Riverbed Whitewater appliance and Riverbed Cloud Steelhead will have on accelerating the globally connected enterprise.

"As companies continue to focus on accelerating growth and reducing costs, many are turning to cloud storage to gain the efficiencies their business demands. As the foundation for building internal and external clouds, EMC Atmos is designed to simplify service providers' and enterprises' ability to build and deliver cloud storage solutions to their customers. Together, Riverbed Whitewater and EMC Atmos accelerate cloud storage for enterprise data protection and offer cost effective and secure backup and recovery solutions." -- Mike Feinberg, senior vice president, EMC Cloud Infrastructure Group.

"Cloud Steelhead provides Orange Business Services with an extension to its existing successful Enterprise Application Management service. Customers can now seamlessly transition to cloud-based applications and benefit from the same application performance and capabilities that they enjoy today." -- Richard Heaps, head of Product Management - Consulting & Solutions Integration, Orange Business Services.

"At Nirvanix our sole focus is delivering cloud storage services that are designed from the ground up for the Enterprise which is why we are very excited to be part of Riverbed Whitewater. A large portion of our customers use Riverbed technology and can now leverage best in class deduplication and WAN acceleration to securely move massive amounts of data to our global network." -- Geoff Tudor, senior vice president of Strategy and Business Development, Nirvanix.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements relating to the expected demand for Riverbed's products and services, statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of Riverbed management regarding products and product plans, statements regarding the growth characteristics of, and customer demand relating to, the cloud market, statements regarding or implying Riverbed's ability to grow the cloud market or integrate its products with additional cloud providers, statements regarding performance results of Riverbed solutions and customer cost savings following implementation of Riverbed solutions, including Riverbed's cloud solutions, that may suggest likely or certain outcomes, and statements relating to Riverbed's ability to meet the needs of distributed organizations. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions that, if they do not fully materialize or prove incorrect, could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties that could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include our ability to react to trends and challenges in our business and the markets in which we operate; our ability to anticipate market needs or develop new or enhanced products to meet those needs; the adoption rate of our products; our ability to establish and maintain successful relationships with our distribution partners; our ability to compete in our industry; fluctuations in demand, sales cycles and prices for our products and services; shortages or price fluctuations in our supply chain; our ability to protect our intellectual property rights; general political, economic and market conditions and events; and other risks and uncertainties described more fully in our documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. More information about these and other risks that may impact Riverbed's business are set forth in our Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on October 28, 2010. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to us as of the date hereof, and we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements. Any future product, feature or related specification that may be referenced in this release are for information purposes only and are not commitments to deliver any technology or enhancement. Riverbed reserves the right to modify future product plans at any time. 

About Riverbed

Riverbed Technology is the IT performance company. The Riverbed family of wide area network (WAN) optimization solutions liberates businesses from common IT constraints by increasing application performance, enabling consolidation, and providing enterprise-wide network and application visibility -- all while eliminating the need to increase bandwidth, storage or servers. Thousands of companies with distributed operations use Riverbed to make their IT infrastructure faster, less expensive and more responsive. Additional information about Riverbed (NASDAQ: RVBD) is available at

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