SOURCE: Riverbed Technology

May 05, 2008 12:39 ET

Riverbed Announces More Powerful Central Management Console

CMC 5.0 Provides Network Administrators With Visibility, Simplified Management and Centralized Security Management

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - May 5, 2008) - Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the technology and market leader in wide-area data services (WDS), today introduced its Central Management Console (CMC) v5.0. The Riverbed® CMC simplifies the process of deploying, configuring, and managing Steelhead® appliances, while providing visibility into the underlying performance of applications running across the WAN. The enhancements to the CMC provide network administrators with hierarchical structuring of Steelhead appliances, new policy-based configuration, role-based administration and centralized security management.

"In today's distributed enterprise, networks play a vital role in delivering business-critical applications and services to end-users regardless of their location. Consequently, IT managers are under increased pressure to deliver these applications at the highest service level possible," said Tracy Corbo, Senior Analyst, Network and Service Management at IDC. "Application acceleration is only part of the story; in order for companies to realize the full benefits from their WAN application delivery they need enhanced monitoring and visibility into network traffic from a single management console."

The CMC allows configuration, updating, and monitoring of Steelhead appliances through a Web-based interface. With the enhancements to CMC 5.0, network administrators are better able to define reports that meet management requirements; obtain visibility into performance by port, application, appliance, or group; simplify configuration by defining groups of similar appliances; modify policies with ease; and permit users to have read only or read-write access to certain operations or certain appliances.

"Visibility into the accelerated traffic on the network is increasingly important to our clients," said Hayes Drumwright, CEO of Trace3, a Riverbed reseller. "The high level of detail they'll derive from these upgrades are ideal for determining which applications are being accelerated at the optimal levels."

Customers can take advantage of the following enhancements with CMC 5.0:

--  Role-Based Administration
    The new role-based administration package for Steelhead appliances and
    the CMC allows tasks and operational functions to be granularly
    assigned to different roles. Role-based administration can also be
    linked to groups of Steelhead appliances so organizations can permit
    users to have read only or read-write access to certain operations or
    certain appliances.

--  Policy-Based Configuration Management
    Configuration of Steelheads in CMC 5.0 is now based on discrete
    policies that can be assigned among Steelhead appliance groups and
    imported from existing Steelhead appliances. Policies can be defined
    separately for optimization, networking, security, and system
    configuration elements.

--  Hierarchical Structuring
    To simplify the management of large Steelhead deployments, CMC 5.0
    enables network managers to categorize and centrally manage Steelhead
    appliances. By grouping Steelhead appliances and creating a
    hierarchical structure, customers with hundreds of Steelhead appliances
    can manage process changes, such as policy configurations, with the
    same ease as customers that have two Steelhead appliances.

--  Centralized Security Management
    By enabling CMC delivery of the passphrase used to unlock remote
    encrypted key vaults on Steelhead appliances, Riverbed simplifies
    administration of the Steelhead appliance without compromising the
    security of a key vault's contents. Key vaults on Steelhead appliances
    maintain private keys for various cryptographic features, including SSL
    acceleration, IPSEC, and disk encryption. Enabling CMC management of
    Steelhead appliance key vaults helps deliver enterprise management
    capabilities through an easy-to-use console.

"Visibility into network traffic, the ability to monitor application response time as well as monitoring the performance of WAN application optimization devices will help customers derive the full benefits from their WAN application delivery deployments," added Corbo.

"We recommend to all of our customers that have 10 or more Steelhead appliances deployed that they would benefit from using the CMC. To better manage the Steelhead appliances and gain access to the performance of applications over the WAN, customers are always providing suggestions for enhanced monitoring capabilities. We continue to keep our product enhancements focused on customer demands," said Alan Saldich, vice president of product marketing and alliances. "In addition to the additional CMC features, we are also providing our customers with a comprehensive visibility strategy through our RTA partnerships to provide the tools they need to analyze, manage and optimize their critical WAN infrastructure and ensure the best possible performance for all applications and all users, regardless of location."

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, Riverbed's 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

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements relating to the expected demand for Riverbed's products and services, 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 April 29, 2008. 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 technology and market leader in wide-area data services (WDS) solutions for companies worldwide. By enabling application performance over the wide area network (WAN) that is orders of magnitude faster than what users experience today, Riverbed® is changing the way people work, and enabling a distributed workforce that can collaborate as if they were local. Additional information about Riverbed (NASDAQ: RVBD) is available at

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