Riverbed Expands Partnership with EMC as Riverbed SteelFusion 3.0 Achieves EMC VSPEX Labs Validation

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At EMC World, Riverbed Showcases Branch Converged Infrastructure that Extends EMC Private Cloud and Virtualized Services


EMC World, Las Vegas —May 07, 2014— At EMC World, Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the leader in application performance infrastructure, today announced Riverbed® SteelFusion™ validation with the EMC VSPEX Proven Infrastructure, which offers an open integration approach that brings together best-in-class technologies to create and deliver flexible IT solutions for customers. SteelFusion’s validation with VSPEX allows joint customers to virtualize branch servers and storage, centralize backup operations, recover branch services instantly and get data out of high-risk locations by protecting it across multiple data centers.  

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Riverbed, a Select member of the EMC Business Partner Program for Technology Connect Partners, has also achieved E-Lab qualification for SteelFusion and the EMC VNX® and VMAX ® platforms to deliver product integrations that ease implementation and offer seamless data protection and business continuity. By delivering a simplified IT architecture, SteelFusion deployed with VSPEX addresses the IT challenges customers face with branch offices and provides higher application performance, data protection, and lower total cost of ownership (TCO).

The typical data center serves 55 branches[1] and only eight percent of these branches have fully consolidated IT infrastructure[2]. As a result, according to IDC, more than $4 billion is being spent on remote office infrastructure and maintenance every year. In the past, all of the islands of distributed branch infrastructure have been necessary to meet local performance and reliability needs to ensure the productivity of employees working in branch offices; however, they are costly and inefficient to manage. In addition, companies rarely have the expertise in branches to maintain and protect data in such distributed infrastructure, and when branch offices suffer outages due to natural or manmade disasters, employee productivity and data are compromised and company revenue is impacted. Riverbed pioneered the branch converged infrastructure market to address these problems by launching SteelFusion.

“EMC VSPEX is a simple, efficient and flexible solution optimized for the most popular use cases for customers moving to cloud computing,” said Pete Eggimann, Director, VSPEX Ecosystem Program, EMC Corporation. “Riverbed SteelFusion provides a solution for the branch office that allows data to be consolidated in the data center on VSPEX private cloud infrastructure where it can be centrally managed and protected.”

Riverbed (booth #808) will showcase next-generation branch converged infrastructure and data replication strategies at EMC World, the premier educational forum for EMC customers, partners and IT professionals. SteelFusion helps customers achieve branch converged infrastructure by allowing them to:

  1. Converge. The first step to redefining the branch is to converge the islands of remote infrastructure onto a single, purpose-built platform. Riverbed SteelFusion brings VMware vSphere to the branch, enabling all branch workloads to be managed centrally from VMware vCenter. The result is an up to 30x time reduction in branch service provisioning.
  2. Centralize. Once converged, the second step is to centralize branch data back to your data center storage area network (SAN). Riverbed and EMC help companies virtualize, centralize and protect branch data seamlessly. The result is an up to 96x reduction in branch recovery time objective (RTO) and recovery point objective (RPO) of seconds.
  3. Replicate. Once branch data is centralized, the third step is to replicate it to secondary   sites. Riverbed integrates seamlessly with EMC’s VNX enterprise storage platforms to provide application-consistent snapshots of branch data. This data can then be replicated using enterprise storage tools like EMC RecoverPoint and Riverbed Steelhead WAN optimization technology.

“Islands of remote infrastructure are difficult to support and cost-inefficient, yet branch offices hold more than 50% of corporate data, making that data vulnerable to loss and theft. By leveraging the flexibility of the VSPEX platform, Riverbed and EMC allow customers to transition to the cloud and deploy virtualized infrastructure that secures and centralizes data without losing any of the speed and access branch workers require to get business done,” said John Martin, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Storage Delivery at Riverbed. “Over the years we’ve worked together to integrate best-of-breed products so customers can access and secure data regardless of location, while building a strong channel to support customer needs and deployments.”

About Riverbed SteelFusion and the Riverbed Application Performance Platform

Riverbed SteelFusion is a branch converged infrastructure solution that eliminates the headache of branch office IT, consolidating servers and storage into the data center without sacrificing any of the benefits of having servers at the edge close to users. SteelFusion expedites branch office provisioning, backup and recovery and ensures continuous operations when disasters occur from any cause – weather, fire or accident. With SteelFusion, businesses can restore branch operations in a matter of minutes vs. days, centrally protect and secure data in the data center and significantly lower the TCO of branch and remote offices.

Riverbed SteelFusion is part of the Riverbed Application Performance Platform™, the most complete platform for location-independent computing. The Riverbed Application Performance Platform is a set of integrated solutions that give companies the flexibility to host applications and data in the locations that best serve the business while ensuring the flawless delivery of those apps to better leverage global resources, radically reduce the cost of running their business and maximize employee productivity.

For more information on Riverbed SteelFusion and EMC VSPEX, download the SteelFusion and EMC VSPEX overview, visit Riverbed at booth #808 or experience the EMC VSPEX Assembly Line, where Riverbed is a featured partner. 

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[1] Enhancing Business Value with an Edge-Optimized Virtual Server and Storage Delivery Solution, IDC, June 2013

[2] Successfully Consolidating Branch-Office Infrastructure In The Face Of More Users, Services, and Devices, Forrester, October 2011


About Riverbed

Riverbed at more than $1 billion in annual revenue is the leader in Application Performance Infrastructure, delivering the most complete platform for Location-Independent Computing. Location-Independent Computing turns location and distance into a competitive advantage by allowing IT to have the flexibility to host applications and data in the most optimal locations while ensuring applications perform as expected, data is always available when needed, and performance issues are detected and fixed before end users notice. Riverbed’s 25,000+ customers include 97% of the Fortune 100 and 95% of the Forbes Global 100. Learn more at www.riverbed.com.

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