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Riverbed Steelhead appliance achieves SAP certified integration

  • 19 March, 2008 10:34

<p>SAN FRANCISCO – March 19, 2008 – Riverbed Technology (Nasdaq: RVBD), the technology and market leader in wide-area data services (WDS), today announced that its Riverbed® Steelhead® appliance running the Riverbed Optimisation System (RiOS™) version 4.0 has achieved SAP® Certified Integration for third-party networking appliances that interoperate with SAP solutions using the SAP NetWeaver® platform and an enterprise service-oriented architecture (enterprise SOA). Enterprise SOA enables customers to create a highly-flexible, open IT architecture for developing services-based, enterprise-scale business solutions. With SAP’s certification of integration of the Riverbed Steelhead appliance, customers can be assured of interoperability within SAP application-based landscapes.</p>
<p>“Over 3,500 enterprises worldwide rely on Riverbed’s solutions for the acceleration of the broad set of applications important to their businesses, including solutions from SAP AG,” said Venugopal Pai, senior director, alliances at Riverbed. “In real-world tests, customers running SAP solutions who have deployed Riverbed’s WDS solutions have seen performance improvements of up to 5X and reductions in data of up to 99%. With SAP’s rigorous testing of our products, these enterprises can now also be assured that our products integrate with SAP solutions to reduce bandwidth utilisation and improve end-user response times.”</p>
<p>SAP has recently added new network integration certification scenarios around wide area network (WAN) acceleration and optimisation to its integration certification program based on increased demand by customers for solutions in these areas. Certification was overseen by the SAP Integration and Certification Center (ICC) and conducted at the SAP Co-Innovation Lab in Palo Alto, California. The SAP ICC certification of the Riverbed Steelhead appliance running RiOS 4.0 was granted based on the following certification category: Network Performance Optimisation for Enterprise SOA. Within this category, the following was tested:</p>
<p>Certified General Functions:</p>
<p>- Functional correctness</p>
<p>- Performance preservation</p>
<p>- Secure, encrypted communication</p>
<p>Certified Performance Optimisation Functions:</p>
<p>- Reducing CPU load of SAP application server by 10% or more</p>
<p>- Reducing end-user response time over WAN by 30% or more</p>
<p>- Lowering bandwidth by 30% or more</p>
<p>Riverbed Appliances and SAP NetWeaver Performance
Steelhead appliances help accelerate application modules running over WANs on the SAP NetWeaver platform. With Riverbed’s WDS solutions, organisations adopting enterprise SOA can achieve global network scalability while improving accessibility to data and applications from remote sites. Steelhead appliances cut the amount of time it takes to perform an array of operations on SAP NetWeaver-based servers in a distributed environment to improve employee productivity and better leverage an enterprise SOA.</p>
<p>In real world tests, RiOS helped enterprises eliminate up to 99% of traffic on SAP NetWeaver-based servers for specific application modules resulting in an increase in bandwidth capacity of up to 17x. In addition, RiOS accelerates HTTP and HTTPS traffic, which helps to further improve performance of SAP NetWeaver over the WAN. The acceleration delivered by Riverbed enhances the usability of platform applications and increases end-user satisfaction.</p>
<p>The above test results show that Riverbed Steelhead appliances significantly accelerate specific operations of SAP NetWeaver over the WAN, while also reducing bandwidth utilisation. In recent tests, validating purchase information was completed up to 5 times faster and saving purchase orders were completed 3 times faster.</p>
<p>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:</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, statements regarding performance results 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-K filed with the SEC on February 15, 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 SAP Co-Innovation Lab
Founded in July 2007, the SAP Co-Innovation Lab provides a hands-on environment for SAP, independent software vendors (ISVs), systems integrators (SIs), and technology partners to work together with customers around current and future technologies, as well as showcase how customers can increase competitive advantage and improve efficiencies by transforming their business networks with enterprise SOA.</p>
<p>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</p>
<p>Riverbed Technology, Riverbed, Steelhead, RiOS, Interceptor, and the Riverbed logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Riverbed Technology, Inc.</p>
<p>SAP, SAP NetWeaver and other SAP products and services mentioned herein as well as their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG Germany and in several other countries all over the world.</p>
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