Riverbed Introduces Enterprise-Class Server and Data Consolidation Solution

Riverbed Introduces Enterprise-Class Server and Data Consolidation Solution 
New High Performance, High Capacity Appliance Enables Consolidation
of Large Branch Offices and Large Data Sets 
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/15/13 --  Riverbed
Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the application performance company, today
introduced a new release of its groundbreaking Riverbed(R) Granite(R)
product family that delivers an enterprise-class solution for server
and data consolidation. With expanded capacity and higher performance
IT managers can now extend the benefits of Granite to larger branch
offices and data-intensive applications that previously were
difficult or impossible to consolidate.  
Granite is a technology that empowers businesses of all sizes to
remove servers and data from branch offices and centralize them in
the secure data center -- without sacrificing user experience. This
new architectural approach makes it possible to centralize backup
operations and get data out of high-risk locations, while increasing
agility and lowering the costs of managing remote office IT. To
succeed in this dynamic environment, IT leaders need agility,
security and control, while business users demand performance.
Granite delivers these benefits in a single solution. 
This announcement includes new Granite 2.5 software that adds support
for Fibre Channel to its existing iSCSI support, enabling Granite
solutions to now support over 90% of the current enterprise-class
storage array market. Granite 2.5 also improves data protection with
automated snapshots and simplified support for existing data-center
class backup and recovery software. This news builds upon EMC
E-Lab(TM) qualifying Granite with EMC VMAX(R) in 2012 and the
recently completed EMC E-Lab qualification of Granite with EMC VNX(R)
in June 2013. The performance of Granite 2.5 can be further enhanced
with the addition of the new, purpose-built Steelhead EX 1360 model
appliance, on which Granite can be hosted. The Steelhead EX 1360
model appliance offers enterprises greater capacity and performance
for consolidating larger data stores back to the data center. Granite
2.5 and the Steelhead EX 1360 model appliance together deliver an
enterprise-class solution for server and data consolidation that
allow organiza
tions to deploy any application to any location with
high performance and reliability. 
"Data growth and infrastructure shifts continue to hamper IT's
ability to meet all protection, retention and compliance
requirements. Addressing all these data protection challenges,
requires a holistic approach," Steve Duplessie, founder and senior
analyst at ESG. "Silos in technology add to the cost and complexity
while reducing productivity and increasing risk of data loss. IT
needs to give end users the tools they need to be successful while IT
keeps oversight and control." 
Extended Integration with Enterprise-Class Storage Arrays 
 Granite
2.5 software adds Fibre Channel support for the virtual Granite Core
that extends integration with enterprise-class storage arrays,
including those from EMC, NetApp and IBM. Leading analysts have found
that nearly 70 percent of enterprises deploy Fibre Channel-based
external disk solutions in 2013. Many organizations choose to deploy
Fibre Channel-based storage solutions for their high speed, low
latency transport capabilities and abilities to interconnect multiple
storage devices to better use and share the storage within the
datacenter. The addition of Fibre Channel storage solutions support
to the already supported iSCSI in the data center means over 90% of
the current enterprise-class storage array market is now supported by
Granite solutions, providing greater flexibility for enterprises to
meet the storage consolidation needs of branch offices with larger
data sets.  
"We see the expanded flexibility of Granite 2.5 in the data center as
a big win -- both from a storage and a data protection standpoint,"
said Mike Rinken, director of information technology at Mazzetti, an
engineering design and consulting firm. "In our business where large
CAD files have been moving toward a more collaborative parametric
modeling data set, more resources for Granite Edge appliances make
perfect sense. We can consolidate even more data and still make sure
branch users get the local performance they need to be effective.
We're excited to have the flexibility of utilizing Fibre Channel
storage and how Riverbed is extending their storage footprint by
offering more robust devices." 
Simplification of Backup and Recovery 
 By consolidating data out of
the branch and into the data center, Granite enables organizations to
eliminate branch backup and recovery systems, shifting data
protection operations to the secure data center and leaving data
protection to skilled storage personnel. Granite 2.5 further
simplifies data protection through enhanced support of
industry-leading backup and recovery software solutions like Symantec
NetBackup. Granite 2.5 also offers an enhanced centralized management
user interface and simplified scheduling of hourly, daily or weekly
application snapshots executed in the branch office and captured in
the data center. As a result, Granite 2.5 delivers a single point of
management for branch snapshot schedules simplifying data protection,
resulting in improved recovery time and recovery point objectives
(RTO/RPO).  
"We've deployed Granite to help us manage our data and applications
centrally and eliminate the hardware footprint at our data-intensive
branches, which has translated to cost savings for us," said Rohit
Tellis, director of information technology at Alamos Gold, a
Canadian-based gold producer with exploration and development
activities around the globe. "The data protection enhancements help
even further and will give us the assurance that our centralized
backup process is easy to manage." 
New Steelhead EX 1360 Model Appliance
 Remote and branch offices come
in many sizes and with diverse application and data storage
requirements. The Steelhead EX1360 model appliance consolidates
larger data sets back to the data center while ensuring business
continuity. The new model delivers local-speed experience for
applications that need high-performance storage access such as
high-volume transaction databases and geographic information systems
(GIS) data modeling files that require high input/output per second
(IOPS). In addition, the new Steelhead appliance also enables
organizations with larger data workloads to increase the amount of
data it can lock within the appliance cache, increasing the ability
of branch offices with larger data sets to maintain productivity,
even during WAN outages. The new Steelhead EX1360 model appliance
enables a broader range of organizations to deploy Granite storage
delivery solutions, even those branches with demanding application
and heavy compute and storage workloads without fear of performance
degradation or productivity loss. 
Granite 2.5 and Steelhead EX 1360 model appliances are expected to be
generally available in Q3 2013. 
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