SOURCE: Riverbed Technology

Riverbed Technology

October 12, 2009 09:00 ET

Riverbed Extends Scale and Simplicity of WAN Optimization for Very Large Data Center Environments

New Riverbed Interceptor 9350 Provides up to Three Times More Throughput Than Previous Model; Provides Support for up to Three 10G Network Interface Cards for Latest Data Center Designs

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - October 12, 2009) - Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the IT infrastructure performance company for networks, applications and storage, today announced increased scalability and flexibility for large-scale wide area network (WAN) optimization deployments with the introduction of the new Interceptor® 9350 appliance and enhanced Riverbed® software. The Interceptor allows enterprise customers to scale their WAN optimization solution to support hundreds of thousands of end users and very large bandwidth WAN connections across an enterprise. Fortune 500 companies deploy Interceptor in their data centers for its ability to provide scale and to simplify large WAN optimization deployments across global networks.

Interceptor is a specialized clustering device for high-capacity, high-availability Steelhead® appliance deployments. The Interceptor extends the scaling and performance capabilities of Steelhead appliances to meet the requirements of very large data center environments. The Interceptor allows clusters of up to 25 Steelhead appliances to work together seamlessly and simplifies network setup, while offering an even wider choice of high-availability configurations to support the largest and most complex enterprise networks. Riverbed Interceptor 9350 is designed to provide increased benefits, including enhanced scalability to drive greater throughput and increased capacity to support more users. The new Interceptor, in comparison to the previous model, provides up to 3X more throughput while still supporting up to one million concurrent connections. In addition, the new Interceptor supports up to three 10G network interface cards (NIC) which support customers' taking advantage of modern data center designs.

Interceptor 9350 Provides Increased Performance and Scalability

--  12 Gbps Throughput - The Interceptor 9350 supports up to 12 Gbps of
    ingress and egress traffic, which enables customers to provide WAN
    optimization for their largest data center requirements.  This is
    especially important in high-throughput data replication and disaster
    recovery designs.
--  10G NIC - The Interceptor 9350's support for 10G NICs enables the
    Interceptor to be seamlessly integrated in modern data center designs.
--  20 Gigabit Ethernet ports - Interceptor appliances can be configured
    with up to four onboard and 16 additional Gigabit Ethernet ports to provide
    maximum scalability on networks with multi-router ingress/egress.

Interceptor 2.0 Software Provides Full Transparency Support

Interceptor appliances automatically work with the full IP address and port transparency features in Steelhead appliances. The Interceptor's high-availability and scalability features allow customers that deploy Steelhead appliances in full transparency mode to have enhanced visibility into the original source and destination IP addresses and ports.


In the event of a hardware or software failure, Interceptor appliances provide high-availability to ensure uninterrupted optimization operations.

--  Multi-Interface Clustering - Provides customers with additional
    redundancy options, which ensures that no single link failure can cause the
    loss of connectivity between the Interceptor and the Steelhead appliance in
    the cluster.
--  Fail-to-block support - In addition to the existing fail-to-wire
    feature, the Interceptor software now supports fail-to-block support, which
    enables the network to route around the failure.

"Riverbed Interceptor appliances are the ideal solution for massively scalable Steelhead appliance deployments on WANs where performance cannot be compromised," said Alan Saldich, vice president of product marketing at Riverbed. "The new Interceptor 9350 is designed to provide increased benefits, including simplified deployment into complex and very large data center environments, more choices for high-availability configurations, and increased scalability. The 10G NIC coupled with the tripling of the performance of the Interceptor 9350 positions Riverbed to integrate seamlessly into our customer data center networks."

The Interceptor 9350 is now generally available.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements relating to the expected demand for Riverbed's products and services, including the Interceptor 9350, statements regarding customer payback and 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 July 30, 2009. 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 infrastructure 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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