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Riverbed WAN optimisation solution qualified by EMC E-Lab

Riverbed has obtained EMC qualification for its Steelhead appliances, allowing companies to accelerate disaster recovery processes while reducing overall IT costs.
  • 04 February, 2009 15:54

<p>Riverbed Technology (Nasdaq: RVBD), the IT infrastructure performance company for networks, applications and storage, today announced that it has obtained EMC qualification for its market-leading Steelhead® appliances, which allows companies to accelerate disaster recovery processes while reducing overall IT costs, to work with Symmetrix® Remote Data Facility/Asynchronous product (SRDF/A). SRDF is EMC’s business continuity solution that provides a host-independent, mirrored data storage solution for duplicating production site data to one or more physically separated Symmetrix® enterprise storage systems. EMC E-Lab qualification means that joint customers can now deploy Riverbed’s wide area network (WAN) optimisation solutions deep into their largest data centres with confidence.</p>
<p>Due to the importance of data protection, disaster recovery and business continuity continue to be a level investment for enterprises. In addition to achieving EMC E-Lab qualification, Riverbed® continues to meet the needs of the enterprise by adding new features and capabilities to its core product offerings. Most recently, in its release of RiOS® 5.5, Riverbed announced enhanced disaster recovery features that allow faster replication while utilising less WAN bandwidth. EMC E-Lab qualification means that enterprises can now take advantage of Riverbed for accelerated datacentre-to-datacentre replication.</p>
<p>Steelhead Appliances Accelerate SAN to SAN Data Replication across the WAN</p>
<p>To provide maximum protection and ease of management, many enterprises use EMC SRDF/A to replicate data from one SAN (storage area network) to another across a WAN link. Steelhead appliances can remove a huge amount of repetitive data from the WAN during SRDF/A operations, and dramatically reduce bandwidth requirements associated with protecting more data. Test results have shown that Steelhead appliances speed up disaster recovery processes by as much as 5x – 8x times across a WAN.</p>
<p>“With optimisation products like Riverbed’s in place for faster data protection, organisations can dramatically reduce their recovery time objectives (RTO) and recovery point objectives (RPO),” said Jon Oltsik, Principal Analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. “By selecting qualified interoperable solutions, organisations are assured more reliable data protection, dramatic cost reductions associated with backup and replication and streamlined IT operations. When developing a disaster recovery strategy, enterprises - especially those with large data centres – would greatly benefit from combining best-of–breed solutions like EMC SRDF/A and Riverbed WAN optimisation.”</p>
<p>“Through ongoing product development and testing we’re continuing to create solutions that address the challenges enterprises encounter during disaster recovery operations. Obtaining EMC E-Lab qualification provides assurance to our customers that they can take advantage of our market-leading WAN optimisation solutions,” said Alan Saldich, vice president of product marketing and alliances at Riverbed. “We will use this opportunity to extend our market-leading solution to enterprises with large data centres and strategic disaster recovery initiatives.”</p>
<p>Steelhead Products</p>
<p>Riverbed WAN optimization 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, the Riverbed award-winning Steelhead 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: www.riverbed.com/pr/jack.</p>
<p>Riverbed Forward Looking Statements</p>
<p>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 30, 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.</p>
<p>About Riverbed</p>
<p>Riverbed Technology is the IT infrastructure performance company with a family of wide area network (WAN) optimization solutions that give businesses an order-of-magnitude increase in value and performance of their existing networks, applications and storage. Riverbed liberates enterprises from common IT constraints by offering optimization solutions that increase network and application performance, and provide enterprise-wide network and application visibility – while eliminating the need to increase bandwidth, storage or servers. Thousands of companies with worldwide operations trust Riverbed to make their entire IT infrastructure faster, less expensive and more responsive. Additional information about Riverbed (NASDAQ: RVBD) is available at www.riverbed.com.</p>
<p>Symmetrix is a registered trademark of EMC Corporation. 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.</p>

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