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RIVERBED WAN OPTIMISATION SOLUTION QUALIFIED BY HITACHI DATA SYSTEMS TO ACCELERATE DISASTER RECOVERY

Steelhead Appliances Qualified for Use with Hitachi Data Systems’ Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Technologies
  • 30 July, 2009 12:19

<p>Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the IT infrastructure performance company for networks, applications and storage, today announced that Hitachi Data Systems has qualified its market-leading Steelhead® appliances, which allow companies to optimise Disaster Recovery (DR) processes between data centres while reducing overall IT costs. Riverbed® Steelhead appliances are qualified by Hitachi Data Systems for use with both Hitachi TrueCopy® Remote Replication and Hitachi Universal Replicator products. This adds to Riverbed’s previously obtained qualification to optimise replication with Hitachi High-performance NAS. Hitachi Data Systems customers can now deploy Riverbed WAN optimisation solutions with the assurance of interoperability between the two company product lines. The Riverbed and Hitachi solutions working together will enable customers to obtain higher performance for their business continuity and DR initiatives.</p>
<p>The health of a company’s IT infrastructure is dependent on its data protection, which requires organisations to make data replication a top priority. However, replication performance is almost always limited by WAN bandwidth and latency, which limits how fast data can be moved and often decreases the amount of data being effectively protected. Riverbed Steelhead appliances can remove a huge amount of repetitive data from the WAN during data centre to data centre operations, and as a result dramatically reduce bandwidth requirements associated with protecting more data.</p>
<p>To address replication needs, enterprises have depended on Hitachi Data Systems replication software, which allows them to effectively mirror data to remote facilities, protecting their mission-critical data for DR purposes -- a key element of business continuity plans. Hitachi TrueCopy Remote Replication software provides a continuous, nondisruptive, host-independent remote data replication solution for DR or data migration over any distance; and Hitachi Universal Replicator software delivers simplified asynchronous data replication for internal and external storage attached to the Hitachi Universal Storage Platform family. By implementing Riverbed WAN optimisation solutions in conjunction with these data replication solutions, enterprises are better able to accelerate DR initiatives.</p>
<p>“Hitachi TrueCopy Remote Replication and Hitachi Universal Replicator are among our flexible and customisable selection of business continuity technologies that address our customers' most stringent requirements for operational resilience and disaster recovery,” said Asim Zaheer, vice president of product and competitive marketing, Hitachi Data Systems. “We’ve worked closely with Riverbed to test the joint solution that addresses the performance challenges enterprises encounter during DR operations between datacentres. The qualification provides assurance to our customers that they can take advantage of Riverbed WAN optimisation solutions to accelerate their DR initiatives.”</p>
<p>“Our WAN optimisation solution delivers huge improvements in data centre to data centre replication performance across the WAN, enabling Hitachi TrueCopy, Universal Replicator and NAS replication environments to protect more, in less time, and recover faster,” said Alan Saldich, vice president of product marketing, Riverbed. “Customers using Hitachi Data Systems and Riverbed products together can more efficiently conduct their data protection and business continuity initiatives. This joint effort is a result of both companies recognising the unique pressures on the WAN generated by replication utilities.”</p>
<p>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 organisations, including in conjunction with Hitachi products. 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 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.</p>
<p>About Riverbed
Riverbed Technology is the IT infrastructure performance company. The Riverbed family of wide area network (WAN) optimisation 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 www.riverbed.com.</p>

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