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RIVERBED EXTENDS WAN OPTIMISATION MARKET LEADERSHIP WITH NEW STEELHEAD MOBILE INNOVATIONS

Virtualised Platform and Expanded Licensing Offer a Broader Number of Organisations Cost-Effective IT Infrastructure Performance; Riverbed Only WAN Optimisation Vendor to Deliver Lotus Notes Acceleration for Mobile and Remote Workers
  • 21 July, 2009 11:26

<p>Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the IT infrastructure performance company for networks, applications and storage, today announced new Steelhead® Mobile capabilities that allow organisations of all sizes to deploy a cost-effective mobile WAN optimisation solution with increased scalability, speed and simplicity. In this release, Riverbed® is introducing Steelhead Mobile Controller-Virtual Edition (SMC-VE), increased capacity for the Steelhead Mobile Controller (SMC) appliance, and additional application-level latency optimisation for Steelhead Mobile. Organisations from small-to-mid-size businesses (SMBs) to the largest global corporations can take advantage of these new features to provide their mobile workforce with LAN-like access to corporate files and applications.</p>
<p>“Productivity is a major challenge for mobile workers as companies embark on IT consolidation projects that result in workers being further from their data,” said Zeus Kerravala, senior vice president at Yankee Group. “With many companies looking to expand the number of users that work remotely, it’s clear that a solution designed to optimise the performance of applications when a worker is mobile is critical. By expanding the scalability of its mobile WAN optimisation solution, Riverbed is providing organisations of all sizes with the opportunity to give mobile and remote workers LAN-like access to corporate files and information and broadening its market reach.”</p>
<p>Scalability: Empowering Organisations of Any Size</p>
<p>Mobile WAN optimisation can help almost any company improve the performance of critical applications for remote workers while also significantly cutting corporate IT costs. For large Steelhead Mobile deployments and rapidly growing organisations, Riverbed already offers the Steelhead Mobile Controller appliance to allow IT managers to quickly and easily deploy Steelhead Mobile to all of their remote workers. To meet the needs of every size organisation, Riverbed has expanded the scalability of its Steelhead Mobile solution, including the new SMC-VE and additional license capacity on the appliance, making its solutions available to a broader set of customers.</p>
<p>Steelhead Mobile Controller - Virtual Edition</p>
<p>In this release, Riverbed is introducing SMC-VE, which will make enterprise-grade acceleration more accessible to SMBs. In addition, larger organisations that have a small number of mobile workers will be able to implement cost effective deployments of Steelhead Mobile.</p>
<p>SMC-VE is a virtual package deployed on the Riverbed Services Platform (RSP), a virtualised platform that resides on the Steelhead appliance that provides customers with the capability to run up to five additional services and applications in a protected partition on the Steelhead appliance. By running SMC-VE within the RSP, Riverbed offers enterprises the opportunity to obtain all of the same benefits of Steelhead Mobile while eliminating the need to purchase additional hardware. Enterprises can purchase as few as 10 initial Steelhead Mobile licenses, up to a total capacity of 100 licenses, and manage those concurrent licenses with SMC-VE running within the RSP to make it easier to cost-effectively target mobile users in environments where the additional scale of the SMC is unnecessary.</p>
<p>Steelhead Mobile Controller: Increased Capacity</p>
<p>In addition to reaching smaller organisations with the SMC-VE, Riverbed is increasing the total license capacity of the appliance-based SMC for the largest enterprises. The SMC is now capable of managing 2,000 additional licenses for a total of 4,000 licenses—no additional hardware is required. This will make the SMC the most scalable mobile WAN optimisation solution available with 2x more scale than any other mobile offering.</p>
<p>“As people move to centralise their data and employees continuously move around the globe to conduct business, organisations of all sizes will be challenged with application latency and reduced employee productivity. We continue to enhance our WAN optimisation solution to help companies overcome these specific challenges,” said Alan Saldich, vice president of product marketing. “These enhancements are a direct result of interactions with customers who want to empower their mobile workforce but the size of their deployment requires a flexible approach and a broad product offering. These new Steelhead Mobile capabilities will allow us to provide both the smallest and largest companies with the ability to increase mobile worker productivity at a lower total cost of ownership.”</p>
<p>Broadest Set of Application Acceleration for Mobile Workers</p>
<p>In this release, Riverbed is also announcing support for application layer Lotus Notes acceleration for mobile users. Riverbed is the only vendor to provide this capability which improves the speed at which mobile employees can access large email attachments and manage calendaring, resulting in increased collaboration across dispersed geographical locations.</p>
<p>The Riverbed Lotus Notes acceleration was developed directly with IBM to optimise email, calendaring, and web, and can deliver performance gains of more than 18x. Riverbed introduced Lotus Notes application layer acceleration for remote offices in October 2008. With the introduction of Lotus Notes acceleration for mobile workers, Riverbed is the only vendor to deliver a complete Lotus Notes acceleration solution for both mobile and remote office workers.</p>
<p>SMC-VE and the above mentioned enhancements to Steelhead Mobile are expected to be generally available on Monday, July 27, 2009.</p>
<p>About Riverbed</p>
<p>Riverbed Technology is the IT infrastructure performance company. The Riverbed family of wide area network (WAN) optimization 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>
<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, including Riverbed's Mobile solution, statements regarding Riverbed's ability to broaden its market reach, 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 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>
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