SOURCE: Riverbed Technology

Riverbed Technology

May 10, 2011 09:00 ET

Riverbed Expands Offerings Available Through EMC

Riverbed WAN Optimization Solutions Offered Through EMC Select Program Provide New Levels of Performance, Visibility and Control

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - May 10, 2011) - Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the IT performance company, today announced an expansion of its market-leading wide area network (WAN) optimization solutions available through the EMC® Select Program. Under this new agreement, EMC can now offer an expanded suite of optimization solutions from Riverbed® to dramatically improve the performance of long-distance data replication, while accelerating access to storage and applications over wide area networks. A combination of new innovations from Riverbed and EMC can now help to deliver unprecedented levels of performance, visibility and control of long-distance replication over wide area networks.

Customers that take advantage of this relationship by deploying integrated solutions from Riverbed and EMC can now replicate data even faster than before, reducing their recovery time objectives (RTO) and recovery point objectives (RPO). As replication has emerged in the marketplace as a preferred strategy for more frequent and seamless protection of storage between data centers, many enterprises have deployed Riverbed Steelhead® appliances, powered by the Riverbed Optimization System (RiOS®), with EMC solutions to accelerate disaster recovery (DR) operations.

Expanded Riverbed WAN Optimization Solutions Available Through EMC Select Program
The EMC Select Program now includes a suite of solutions from Riverbed, including the following:

  • Steelhead WAN optimization appliances -- the full line of physical Steelhead WAN optimization appliances
  • Steelhead Mobile -- a mobile WAN optimization solution to address the productivity challenges global organizations face when managing remote and mobile workforces
  • Central Management Console -- a turnkey solution that streamlines monitoring and management of Steelhead appliances worldwide
  • Interceptor® -- an intelligent network device used to deliver scalable, high-capacity and highly-availability Steelhead appliance deployments

Among the Steelhead appliances that are now offered through the EMC Select Program is the Riverbed Steelhead 7050 model appliance. To deliver unmatched performance, flexibility and fault tolerance in large data centers and private cloud environments, the Riverbed Steelhead 7050 model appliance combines new levels of bandwidth and TCP session scalability with solid-state drives (SSD) and 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE). The Riverbed Steelhead 7050 model appliances are the only WAN optimization appliances based entirely on SSDs, which minimize disk access times and provide the speed necessary to handle the most extreme data center workloads. This enables IT professionals to protect more data, more frequently, and across any distance.

"The advanced integration between RiOS and Symmetrix® Remote Data Facility/Asynchronous (SRDF®/A), along with the expansion of Riverbed WAN optimization solutions available through the EMC Select Program, underscores our long-term commitment in delivering solutions that lower costs while ensuring faster and more reliable data protection," said Brian Gallagher, president, Enterprise Storage Division, at EMC. "For more than 20 years, Symmetrix has been the trusted storage partner deployed in enterprise class, mission critical applications. SRDF/A is the most trusted and industry leading remote replication for DR and business continuity. Customers now can benefit from selecting a leading remote replication solution and the market-leading WAN optimization solution for more frequent and seamless protection of storage, be it in the data center, remote site or in the cloud, ensuring the highest levels of DR and business continuity."

New Levels of Performance, Control and Visibility
Steelhead appliances were first qualified by EMC E-Labs in 2009. Through close collaboration with EMC, Riverbed has added fluency for EMC's SRDF® (Symmetrix Remote Data Facility) into RiOS. These new developments deliver unique capabilities that dramatically improve the performance, control and visibility for SRDF over WANs:

  • Enhanced performance and control: To improve overall efficiency and performance, Remote Data Facility (RDF)-selective optimization provides the ability to fine-tune optimization for individual RDF groups
  • More visibility: To monitor the performance and health of SRDF traffic for each RDF group, RiOS provides RDF-level visibility through a command line interface (CLI)

Additionally, RiOS automatically negotiates Symmetrix compression settings for rapid deployment and optimal performance.

"As disaster recovery initiatives become increasingly important for IT organizations, customers have turned to us to accelerate replication times and reduce their bandwidth costs by removing huge amounts of repetitive data from the WAN," said Eric Wolford, executive vice president, marketing and business development, Riverbed. "Riverbed has worked closely with EMC to provide joint customers with a robust, easy-to-use high-performance WAN optimization solution that provides application-specific acceleration for SRDF operations, ensuring that organizations get the most out of their EMC investments."

Riverbed and EMC have an established history of delivering best-of-breed storage and WAN optimization solutions that accelerate DR processes while reducing overall IT costs for customers. Over the past year, Riverbed has worked closely with EMC E-Lab™ to qualify Steelhead appliances for EMC RecoverPoint, EMC SRDF/A (Asynchronous) for both Symmetrix VMAX™ and Symmetrix DMX™, EMC MirrorView™/A, EMC Celerra® Replicator and EMC SAN Copy™. EMC E-Lab qualifications mean that joint customers can deploy Riverbed WAN optimization solutions into their largest data centers with confidence.

"We run a highly virtualized environment that was eating up our bandwidth as we cross-replicated virtual machines between our two data centers. Working with EMC and Riverbed, we were able to increase replication performance and solve our bandwidth consumption problem without a costly bandwidth upgrade. Within the first 12 hours of the Steelhead appliances being in place, our bandwidth utilization went from 85-95 percent to 11 percent. As a result, we are able to implement a stronger disaster recovery strategy, deliver much higher SLAs to our customers, and shift the costs associated with a bandwidth upgrade to implement other critical IT initiatives," said Eric Tuley, Manager of IS Operations, Arbitration Forums.

Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements relating to the expected demand for Riverbed's products and services, statements regarding performance results of Riverbed solutions and customer cost savings following implementation of Riverbed 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 April 29, 2011. 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 delivers performance for the globally connected enterprise. With Riverbed, enterprises can successfully and intelligently implement strategic initiatives such as virtualization, consolidation, cloud computing, and disaster recovery without fear of compromising performance. By giving enterprises the platform they need to understand, optimize and consolidate their IT, Riverbed helps enterprises to build a fast, fluid and dynamic IT architecture that aligns with the business needs of the organization. Additional information about Riverbed (NASDAQ: RVBD) is available at www.riverbed.com.

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