SOURCE: Riverbed Technology

Riverbed Technology

October 03, 2011 09:00 ET

Riverbed to Showcase Solutions for Optimizing Disaster Recovery at Storage Networking World Fall 2011

Customers and Company to Present on the Role of IT Performance Solutions in Private and Public Cloud Environments

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 3, 2011) - Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the IT performance company, today announced its upcoming participation at Computerworld Storage Networking World Fall 2011, taking place October 10-13, 2011 at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, Florida. Storage Networking World is the world's largest conference focused on managing information infrastructure, where IT management and professionals learn, network and maximize their organization's storage capabilities. At the conference, Riverbed® customer Mitchel Weinberger, IT manager at GeoEngineers, an environmental consulting firm, will present a case study on how GeoEngineers is optimizing data protection in the public cloud; and Riverbed customer Christopher McPeek, manager of global systems and infrastructure at International Justice Mission (IJM), a non-profit human rights agency, will present a case study on how IJM is leveraging a hybrid cloud for greater performance and lower cost. Additionally, Josh Tseng, technical director for Riverbed, will present on the role of wide area network (WAN) optimization in cloud infrastructures.

Attendees can visit the Riverbed booth (#506) to learn how the company's IT performance solutions, including its Whitewater® cloud storage gateway for data protection and its Steelhead® family of WAN optimization products, are enabling customers to optimize disaster recovery (DR) performance. More than 13,000 organizations worldwide already use Riverbed IT performance solutions to accelerate applications and to dramatically reduce bandwidth requirements; many customers have also deployed Whitewater gateways or Steelhead appliances to enable enhanced data protection, thereby improving their recovery time and recovery point objectives.

Cloud-based Disaster Recovery Solutions
Riverbed offers innovative solutions for optimizing cloud storage. For organizations that are challenged by the explosion in data growth in their IT environments, Whitewater gateways are a compelling drop-in solution that deduplicate, compress and encrypt data to reduce storage costs in the cloud. With Whitewater gateways, Riverbed enables organizations to easily and securely obtain the benefits of the public cloud's economies of scale, flexibility, scalability and pay-per-use pricing, without changes to their existing infrastructure. This frees data protection staff to eliminate labor-intensive tape infrastructure. In the event of a disaster, the secure cloud copy can be restored to any location and provides a strong DR solution without the need for physical vaulting or for purchasing and maintaining expensive hardware in remote locations. Whitewater gateways interface directly with all major data protection tools as well as the leading cloud service provider application programming interfaces (APIs), eliminating forklift upgrades, expensive integration or complex configuration. Organizations can install Whitewater gateways and begin moving data to the cloud in some cases in less than an hour, enabling a fast return on their investment without fear of vendor lock-in, should requirements change in the future.

More Frequent and Seamless Data Center to Data Center Replication
As replication has emerged as a preferred strategy for more frequent and seamless protection of storage between data centers, many enterprises have chosen to deploy Riverbed Steelhead appliances to accelerate DR operations by up to 55 times, in some cases, and to reduce WAN bandwidth requirements by up to 95 percent. For unmatched performance, flexibility and fault tolerance in large data centers and DR environments, organizations have deployed the Steelhead 7050 model appliance that combines bandwidth and TCP session scalability with solid-state drives (SSD) and 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE). The Steelhead 7050 model appliance efficiently scales to meet the performance, reliability and flexibility requirements of large enterprises and allows them to more cost-effectively manage large-scale data center-to-data center replication, accelerate applications among many locations and users in an enterprise, and build large private cloud infrastructures.

Conference attendees can attend the following sessions to learn more about the Riverbed IT performance solutions:

What: Solution Spotlight: A Case Study - How GeoEngineers Optimizes Storage in the Cloud
Who: Mitchel Weinberger, IT manager, GeoEngineers
When: Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 3:05 PM - 3:50 PM

Data volume at GeoEngineers has tripled over the past three years, and GeoEngineers expects 20% data growth annually -- so backup and storage have become critical challenges. GeoEngineers historically managed backups with disk-to-disk backup, but encountered many issues, including exceeding backup windows, cost, bandwidth constraints, and the tedious process of recovering data from disk. In addition, for a medium-sized business like GeoEngineers, the cost of DR options has been prohibitive. In this session, Mr. Weinberger will explain how GeoEngineers expects to save over $100,000 over the next two years by migrating to remote-office-to-data center-backups and cloud-based storage using the Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) and the Whitewater gateways.

What: User Case Study: International Justice Mission Case Study: Leveraging the Hybrid Cloud for High Performance
Who: Christopher McPeek, manager of global systems and infrastructure, IJM
When: Thursday, October 13, 2011, 9:25 AM - 10:10 AM

IJM operates 15 field offices across South America, Africa, India and Southeast Asia. Network performance is sometimes poor and bandwidth is expensive in some of these places. For example, in Uganda a 128K link can cost $1,200 per month and deliver only 64K throughput. This presents a serious problem, as much of field office communications focuses on urgent victim rescue. To overcome issues with poor performance and expensive bandwidth, IJM upgraded to fiber networks in some locales, developed a new centralized case tracking application, and began leveraging private and public cloud models to speed services and communications. WAN optimization and data protection with the public cloud are critical, with backup occurring first from IJM data centers, then from field offices, and finally, virtual machines being backed up to the cloud - to immediately spin up data for all IJM staff, in case of a catastrophic event in any field location.

What: SNIA Tutorial: The Role of WAN Optimization in Cloud Infrastructures
Who: Josh Tseng, technical director, Riverbed
When: Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 11:40 AM - 12:25 PM

Cloud computing promises to deliver potential gains in efficiency and cost savings by consolidating IT assets into public and private data centers. Virtualization technologies allow migration of virtual machines and data into and out of cloud infrastructures. However, cloud-hosted information assets must still be accessed by users over existing WAN infrastructures, where there are performance issues due to bandwidth and latency constraints. In this session, Josh will explain why WAN optimization is one of the key - and sometimes overlooked - technology components necessary for the adoption of cloud computing.

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Forward Looking Statements
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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

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