Silver Peak Saves Riverbed Customers up to 86% with Software Upgrade Program

  Silver Peak Saves Riverbed Customers up to 86% with Software Upgrade Program

 Offers Riverbed Steelhead Customers Immediate Relief from Impending Hardware

Business Wire

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- May 15, 2013

Silver Peak Systems, the leader in accelerating data over distance, today
announced a software upgrade program for Riverbed Technology customers facing
an impending Steelhead hardware refresh. The upgrade program helps Riverbed
Steelhead WAN optimization customers avoid the high cost of the vendor-imposed
hardware refresh by upgrading to equivalent Silver Peak virtual software at a
fraction of the price.

According to an April 2013 report by Baird Equity Research, “Riverbed
management has cited a $250 million install base of 20 series product that
goes end-of-life early next year. We see this as an important product refresh
opportunity for the company in its core market.”

According to the Riverbed website, Steelhead xx20 series products will become
end-of-life early next year. Customers with Steelhead models 520, 1020, 1520,
2020, 3020, 3520, 5520, 6020, and 6120 will be forced to upgrade to more
expensive, newer Riverbed hardware products.

Silver Peak offers Riverbed customers immediate and long-term relief by
upgrading to Silver Peak VX virtual software products, which can provide up to
86% cost savings. Here are some examples:

Example 1: Upgrade from Riverbed EX-560 Model L to Silver Peak VX-1000 = 86%

                  Hardware  License for 4 Mbps  Maintenance  Total Cost –
                                                                  year 1
Riverbed EX-560    $9,000    $995                $1,596/year  $11,591
Model L
Silver Peak        $0        $1,657/year         $0           $1,657

Example 2: Upgrade from Riverbed EX-1260 Model VH to Silver Peak VX-5000 = 77%

                      Hardware  License for 50  Maintenance  Total Cost –
                                   Mbps                           year 1
Riverbed EX-1260       $51,700   $15,295         $4,956/year  $71,951
Model VH
Silver Peak VX-5000    $0        $16,597/year    $0           $16,597

Example 3: Upgrade from Riverbed CX-7055 Model L to Silver Peak VX-8000 = 75%

                    Hardware  License for 622  Maintenance   Total Cost –
                                 Mbps                             year 1
Riverbed CX-7055     $114,995  $15,000          $26,004/year  $155,999
Model L
Silver Peak VX-8000  $0        $38,731/year     $0            $38,731

According to Dell’Oro Group’s Q4 2012 Data Center Appliance Report, the market
for virtual WAN optimization will grow by 100% in 2013, while the overall
market is only expected to grow by 6%.

Silver Peak leads the market in software-based virtual WAN optimization with
the highest performance and most cost-effective products. Customers can
instantly evaluate Silver Peak software with free trial versions downloadable
directly from the company’s marketplace. Silver Peak customers optimize more
traffic than Riverbed, scale to multi-gigabits-per-second (Gbps) in WAN
capacity and can run the software on any hypervisor, including VMware vSphere,
Citrix XenServer, Microsoft Hyper-V, and KVM. Silver Peak also offers
customers flexible pay-as-you-go and pay-as-you-grow pricing options.

“Riverbed has defined itself as a hardware company and they bank on customer
refresh dollars to keep generating revenue,” said Rick Tinsley, CEO of Silver
Peak. “However, WAN optimization customers are increasingly aware of the
advantages of software and are fed-up with the vendor-imposed hardware refresh
cycle. For the cost of Riverbed maintenance alone, Riverbed customers can own
an equivalent Silver Peak software product with more features and higher
performance. And with Silver Peak WAN optimization software, you never need to
face a forced hardware refresh again.”

In a recent product review conducted by the InfoWorld Test Center, Silver Peak
was proven to pack “superior WAN optimization into a virtual machine.” The
review concluded that regardless of the link speed and latency, the [Silver
Peak] VX optimized WAN traffic as well as or better than a comparable physical
chassis from Riverbed. In the same review, Silver Peak software scored a
perfect “10” for value.

To get more information and upgrade to Silver Peak VX virtual software, email with the subject line “Riverbed Upgrade.”

Additional Resources

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About Silver Peak Systems

Silver Peak software accelerates data between data centers, branch offices and
the cloud. The company’s software-defined acceleration solves network quality,
capacity and distance challenges to provide fast and reliable access to data
anywhere in the world. Leveraging its leadership in data center class wide
area network (WAN) optimization, Silver Peak is a key enabler for strategic IT
projects like virtualization, disaster recovery and cloud computing. Download
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