Riverbed Joins Network Appliance™ Partner Program
San Francisco, CA - August 21, 2006 --
Riverbed Technology, Inc.,today announced that it has joined the
NetApp® Partner Program. The program enables partners to
rapidly deploy support for NetApp enterprise-ready storage and data
protection solutions. As a member of the NetApp Partner Program,
Riverbed® will provide NetApp and Riverbed Steelhead®
appliance customers with the ability to accelerate their disaster
recovery and remote replication solutions, by improving the NetApp
SnapMirror® data transfer rate by up to 45X, helping them to
better meet their recovery point objectives.
Riverbed's Steelhead appliances provide
companies that share data and collaborate between distributed
offices significant performance improvements for a broad range of
applications that are important to their businesses, offering these
companies the ability to simplify IT infrastructure and realize
significant capital and operational cost savings.
"NetApp provides customers that are protecting
their data-as well as managing those processes-with unmatched
simplicity at a lower TCO," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of
products and alliances at Network Appliance. "Companies need
optimization solutions that will help them to cost-effectively meet
their recovery point objectives in the event of a disaster, and
minimize the amount of data lost during a disaster. Riverbed's
membership in the NetApp Partner Program means that customers can
benefit from improved disaster recovery and remote replication in
NetApp enterprise storage environments."
"Timely data replication and backup are
critical for business continuity," said Eric Wolford, senior vice
president, marketing and business development at Riverbed.
"Customers and partners concerned about disaster recovery and
regulatory compliance have seen tremendous value working with
Riverbed and NetApp to replicate files over the WAN."
"We are both a NetApp and Riverbed reseller,"
said Hayes Drumwright, president of Trace3, an Irvine, Calif.-based
solution provider. "Our clients look to us for solutions that both
save them money and improve business processes and performance. The
combination of NetApp and Riverbed offers our clients unmatched
utilization of both WAN and storage resources. We have seen upwards
of 45x improvements in mirroring and disaster recovery
Riverbed and Network Appliance are committed
to providing customers with the highest-performance and most
complete business continuance solutions for accelerating disaster
"Our network generates up to 50 Gigabytes (GB)
of updates per day with our active Oracle and SAP applications,"
said Henry Grant, director of IT at Amkor Technology. "Replicating
that data to an offsite data center is a key part of our disaster
recovery plans. We deployed NetApp storage systems running
SnapMirror software to help facilitate the replication process.
However, before installing Riverbed's Steelhead appliances, our
network limited us to sending 14 GB of traffic per day. It was
impossible to keep our disaster recovery storage system
synchronized. After the installation of Riverbed's Steelhead
appliances, we are now able to do near real-time replication with
SnapMirror. In the event of a failure, the disaster recovery data
will be a maximum of one hour behind our active Oracle and SAP
data. Riverbed has reduced our SnapMirror traffic by 85%."
"We replicate over five gigabytes (GB) of data
every night over the WAN using SnapMirror," said Brian Crooker, MIS
manager at William Hezmalhalch Architects. "Before we installed
Riverbed's Steelhead appliances, moving that data from our remote
sites to the data center took almost 24 hours. WAN constraints made
the process unworkable. With the Steelhead appliances deployed,
these same transfers now take less than three hours. Riverbed has
accelerated our SnapMirror data transfer rate by 8X."
About Steelhead Appliances
Riverbed's award-winning Steelhead appliances accelerate enterprise
applications typically by five to 50 times and in some cases up to
100 times between enterprise datacenters and remote offices. The
Steelhead appliance's intelligent optimizations give companies that
share data and collaborate between distributed offices significant
performance improvements for a broad range of applications that are
important to their businesses, offering these companies the ability
to simplify IT infrastructure and realize significant capital and
operational cost savings.
Unlike competing approaches that are built
primarily on either a network-compression or storage (caching)
philosophy (like many WAFS-only architectures), Steelhead
appliances are based on the Riverbed Optimization System
(RiOS™) that accelerates all TCP-based applications,
including common applications like Windows file sharing, MAPI,
Microsoft SQL and DPM, NetApp SnapMirror, Symantec's NetBackup and
FTP, while adding incremental application-specific latency
optimizations to minimize the impact of latency on key
Riverbed's intelligent optimizations also
enable remote office IT consolidation, WAN bandwidth optimization
and acceleration of data replication and backup for disaster
About the NetApp Partner Program
The NetApp Partner Program provides qualified infrastructure and
application providers with access to NetApp solutions, software
development kits, technical support, training, certification,
product information, and marketing and sales assistance. Customers
benefit by having access to best-of-breed partner solutions that
are tested to work with NetApp storage. Additional information on
the NetApp Partner Program is available at http://partners.netapp.com/
Riverbed Technology is the performance leader in wide-area data
services (WDS) solutions. 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. Riverbed's Steelhead appliance has been named
InfoWorld's "Technology of the Year" in both 2005 and 2006 as the
"Best WAN Accelerator". In addition, Riverbed was named the winner
of The Wall Street Journal's 2005 Technology Innovation Award in
the Network/Broadband/Internet category, Network Computing's 2006
Well-Connected Award for Remote Office Network Infrastructure, and
eWeek's 2006 Excellence Award for Networking Infrastructure.
Riverbed's award-winning solutions are available worldwide from
resellers who are members of the Riverbed Partner Network, from
Riverbed OEM partners, or directly from Riverbed. For more
Riverbed Technology, Inc.
Network Appliance, Inc.
Ph: (408) 822-3856