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Riverbed Accelerates Path to Public Cloud with Enhanced Cloud Steelhead

WAN Optimization Solution for Public Cloud Environments Adds Compatibility for ESX-Based Public Cloud Environments, Extends Cloud Partner Ecosystem

May 10, 2011 – Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the IT performance company, today announced that the company has enhanced the capabilities of its Cloud Steelhead™ wide area network (WAN) optimization solution, adding compatibility with ESX-based public cloud services. Additionally, Riverbed® has extended the breadth of partnerships with cloud service providers for Cloud Steelhead, giving customers greater freedom of choice when choosing to migrate data and services to the public cloud.



Enterprises looking to move data and applications to the public cloud face performance challenges caused by latency and bandwidth constraints. To overcome these performance barriers, Cloud Steelhead provides the same market-leading performance that Riverbed customers have grown to expect to organizations looking to leverage the public cloud. Cloud Steelhead is designed to easily install and scale within public cloud service provider environments, improving performance for applications hosted within the cloud as well as accelerating data migration to the cloud. Customers using Cloud Steelhead have experienced up to 30X improvement in application performance and up to 98 percent data reduction.

“As our customers explore migrating business-critical IT services to the public cloud, they have turned to Riverbed to ensure that performance will not suffer,” said Apurva Davé, vice president of product marketing at Riverbed.  “Cloud Steelhead enables customers to get the most out of their investment in public cloud services, overcome the performance hurdles inherent in the cloud, and ensure that end users are able to access the data and applications they need to do business.”

Enhanced Flexibility for Organizations Turning to The Cloud
With the expansion of its cloud service provider ecosystem, Riverbed offers its customers greater flexibility in choosing cloud service providers. Cloud Steelhead now offers validated technical compatibility with a number of cloud service providers, including Terremark, ZettaServe and Xtium, as well as solution technology partners CloudSwitch and Media Platform. These companies join Amazon EC2 and VPC as part of the wide ecosystem of cloud services supported by Cloud Steelhead. Cloud Steelhead enables service providers to ensure enterprise-class performance for customers, enabling them to build differentiated service offerings for organizations looking to leverage the benefits of the cloud.

“Xtium has worked closely with Riverbed to provide a validated solution that gives customers high performance access to our secure, reliable and cost-effective on-demand cloud resources. Furthermore, Cloud Steelhead enables us to provide differentiated solutions to customers looking to realize the flexibility and cost benefits of the cloud without sacrificing end-user performance and productivity,” said Tim Vogel, chief technical officer, Xtium.

Cloud Steelhead is the industry-leading cloud-intelligent WAN optimization solution, providing organizations with market-leading performance that was specifically engineered for use in cloud service provider environments. Additionally, Cloud Steelhead is easily installed and provides superior scale in order to help customers accelerate the migration of data to the cloud as well as improve performance for applications hosted within the cloud.

More than 9,200 organizations worldwide, across a wide range of markets, depend on Riverbed to understand, optimize and consolidate their IT infrastructure. Riverbed delivers appliance-based and virtualized solutions that overcome performance issues caused by distance, distributed computing, and ever increasing amounts of data. Virtualization, consolidation and cloud computing promise huge cost savings and improved efficiencies, but as users move farther from their data, slow applications and file transfers can stall these strategic initiatives. Riverbed delivers to the remote office and mobile workers the same “local area network (LAN)-like” performance, no matter where the private data center or public cloud may be.  Riverbed continues building on its success in the WAN optimization and network application performance visibility markets with new and innovative solutions for accelerating cloud storage and access to applications and data deployed in the public cloud.

For additional information on Riverbed cloud solutions, please visit www.riverbed.com.