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Riverbed announces integration of VMware platform on Riverbed Steelhead appliances

Riverbed Technology today announced an OEM agreement to embed VMware software as the preferred virtualisation platform for the Riverbed® Services Platform (RSP), a virtualised service delivery solution within Steelhead® appliances.
  • 10 September, 2008 11:32

<p>Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the technology and market leader in wide-area data services (WDS), today announced an OEM agreement to embed VMware software as the preferred virtualisation platform for the Riverbed® Services Platform (RSP), a virtualised service delivery solution within Steelhead® appliances. With the VMware platform inside Steelhead appliances, enterprises can further consolidate their IT infrastructure and improve manageability by running up to five remote office virtual edge services, without the need for separate dedicated servers. This approach will allow them to improve asset utilisation, operational efficiency and business agility, while helping to control IT costs and ensure end-user satisfaction. Services currently available for deployment on the RSP include streaming media, print services, and DNS/DHCP/IPAM.</p>
<p>"There is a strong trend within enterprises toward centralising servers and consolidating IT infrastructure,” said Joe Skorupa, research vice president for Gartner, Inc. “At the same time there are key applications and services that are required in remote locations. Working together, WAN optimisation and virtualisation technologies allow organisations to move forward with efforts to lower operational and capital costs through IT consolidation, while also ensuring that end-users have access to essential applications and services."</p>
<p>VMware-Based Virtualised Edge Services: Riverbed Services Platform (RSP)</p>
<p>VMware provides Riverbed with the most robust and widely deployed virtualisation platform available. More than 120,000 customers, including all of the Fortune 100, have used the VMware platform, which enables them to virtualise their data centres and help ensure business continuity. Riverbed Steelhead appliances accelerate the performance of applications between data centres, remote offices and mobile workers by five to 50 times and in some cases up to 100 times. The award-winning Steelhead products make it possible for companies to consolidate IT and improve backup and replication processes to ensure data integrity, while improving staff productivity and collaboration.</p>
<p>The RSP, which will be virtualised by VMware, is an extensible data services platform that allows customers to deploy best-of-breed edge services that formerly required dedicated servers as virtual appliances. Customers can deploy these virtual appliances directly on Steelhead products to further minimise the hardware infrastructure footprint at the branch office.</p>
<p>“Running the RSP on VMware puts us in a position to offer our customers the most robust and widely-deployed virtualisation software available right on our Steelhead platform,” said Jerry Kennelly, president and CEO of Riverbed Technology. “Together, VMware and Riverbed will enable server-less remote office computing, which drives IT efficiencies, while providing our customers with high performance computing and productivity for all their knowledge workers, wherever they are.”</p>
<p>With VMware as the underlying virtualisation platform within RSP, Riverbed will be able to offer up to five virtual appliances on each Steelhead appliance. Riverbed will work with VMware to encourage Riverbed Technology Alliance (RTA) partners to join the VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) Program and to validate RSP virtual appliances to help ensure seamless integration with VMware Infrastructure 3, the industry-leading virtualisation and management suite. RSP virtual appliances will also be listed on the VMware Virtual Appliance Marketplace—the industry’s leading online directory of virtual appliances, with more than 900 available for download. The initial third-party applications and services qualified on the new VMware-powered RSP are:</p>
<p>- Secure Computing Secure SnapGear® firewall technology</p>
<p>- Infoblox NIOS software for DNS/DHCP/IPAM</p>
<p>- Wowza media server for streaming media</p>
<p>- Print services</p>
<p>In addition, customers will be able to place their own software modules, such as VMDKs, Microsoft Windows, etc., on the RSP.</p>
<p>While RSP adoption will be positioned to gain momentum as a platform for delivering these virtualised edge data services to remote offices, Riverbed will continue to expand the availability of newer applications—such as application-level sensors, remote management, and other enterprise applications that need a software presence in the remote office—by distributing them as virtual appliances.</p>
<p>“VMware is excited that Riverbed has based RSP on the VMware virtualisation platform,” said Shekar Ayyar, vice president of infrastructure alliances at VMware. “The combined solution will allow customers to more easily and efficiently extend their virtualised environments into their branch offices so they can deploy additional services on Riverbed appliances without compromising speed, availability and productivity.”</p>
<p>Riverbed Steelhead appliances help enterprises dramatically speed up collaboration and move data across VMware environments, while at the same time allowing them to centralise and consolidate IT resources – all without sacrificing performance.</p>
<p>Steelhead Products</p>
<p>Riverbed WDS solutions enable organizations of all sizes to overcome a host of severe problems, including poor application performance and insufficient bandwidth at remote sites. Steelhead products have been deployed in organizations ranging from the world’s largest corporations with offices around the globe to small companies with several sites that are just miles apart. To learn more, view Riverbed’s demo: www.riverbed.com/pr/jack.</p>
<p>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, statements regarding the market for RSP and its expected growth characteristics, statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of Riverbed for future operations, including with respect to RSP, 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 July 29, 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 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 www.riverbed.com.</p>
<p>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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