SOURCE: Riverbed Technology

December 12, 2007 13:55 ET

Riverbed and NetApp Help Customers Reduce Risk of Data Loss With Advanced Data Replication

Testing Shows Customers Can Replicate Data 75 Times Faster While Reducing Bandwidth Utilization by 98%

SAN FRANCISCO, CA and SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - December 12, 2007) - Riverbed Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: RVBD), the technology and market leader in wide-area data services (WDS), and NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced dramatic performance results that show Riverbed's Steelhead® WDS appliances accelerate customer WAN performance of NetApp® ReplicatorX™ software while reducing WAN bandwidth. Through testing, the companies found that with Steelhead appliances, an initial replication operation performed by ReplicatorX finished 66 times faster with a 98% decrease in bandwidth utilization. In addition, subsequent incremental replication operations ran 75 times faster.

The results demonstrate that NetApp and Riverbed® provide enterprise customers with proven, high-performance data replication solutions to meet their most stringent recovery point objectives (RPOs) while reducing their networking infrastructure costs. Together, the two companies are providing enterprises with a solution to build robust disaster recovery plans and provide resiliency of mission-critical corporate data, including enterprise resource planning (ERP); online transaction processing (OLTP); and financial, legal, and medical records, in both the data center and remote data centers.

The Double-Edged-Sword Challenge

Customers typically face two challenges when assessing their replication needs. The first is managing data replication and recovery across heterogeneous infrastructures while avoiding added complexity. NetApp ReplicatorX helps customers to cost-effectively and easily replicate block data across any vendor's storage architecture (Fibre Channel SAN, IP SAN, DAS, or internal disk) that may be attached to any server (Windows®, UNIX®, Linux®, or virtual machines). ReplicatorX also replicates data across any distance using an existing IP network. The NetApp replication solution reduces management complexity and provides cost-effective, tiered disaster recovery, enabling rapid recovery of an up-to-the-second replica of production data. ReplicatorX can also replicate production data from any vendor's storage system to a NetApp storage system for rapid, cost-effective creation of clones for application development and testing with NetApp FlexClone® technology. Customers can also reduce the downtime and disruption typically associated with data migration projects across heterogeneous infrastructures using ReplicatorX.

The second challenge is meeting stringent recovery point objectives for mission-critical applications without significantly increasing network infrastructure costs, as well as insufficient bandwidth at remote sites. Riverbed WDS solutions add value by improving replication performance between data centers and remote offices 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.

The power behind the WDS solutions is the Riverbed Optimization System (RiOS™), which accelerates applications and data through a combination of data reduction, TCP optimization, and application-level protocol optimizations. RiOS provides data streamlining, transport streamlining, application streamlining, and management streamlining, eliminating up to 98% of a company's replication traffic on the WAN. These technologies, along with RiOS management capabilities, provide a comprehensive solution for enterprise WDS.

"NetApp and Riverbed are delivering to customers a solution that reduces data loss exposure to help get their businesses back up and running with minimal loss in productivity, should an event impacting their production infrastructure occur," said Eric Wolford, senior vice president, Marketing and Business Development at Riverbed.

"NetApp is pleased to continue working closely with Riverbed to provide a comprehensive replication and recovery solution and help enterprises meet their most stringent business continuity service level agreements within limited budgets," said Yoram Novick, vice president and general manager of the Data Replication business unit at NetApp.

Product and Technology Information

For more information on NetApp ReplicatorX visit Additionally, register and listen to the "Data Protection for Mixed, Multi-Vendor Storage Environments," a NetApp TechTalk podcast featuring Novick as he discusses best practices for increasing data protection and how solutions such as ReplicatorX are becoming an integral part of data protection strategies. Go to

About NetApp

NetApp is a leading provider of innovative data management solutions that simplify the complexities of storing, managing, protecting, and retaining enterprise data. Market leaders around the world choose NetApp to help them reduce cost, minimize risk, and adapt to change. For solutions that deliver unmatched simplicity and value, visit us on the Web at

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

Steelhead Products

Riverbed's 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 October 25, 2007. 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.

Riverbed Technology, Riverbed, Steelhead, RiOS, Interceptor, and the Riverbed logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Riverbed Technology, Inc. All other trademarks used or mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.

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