Riverbed Delivers High-Performance Data Center Solution with New Steelhead Appliance

Published March 17th, 2010 - 10:48 GMT

 Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the IT infrastructure performance company for networks, applications and storage, has announced the Riverbed® Steelhead®  7050 model wide area network (WAN) optimization appliance. To deliver unmatched performance, flexibility and fault tolerance in large data centers and private cloud environments, the Steelhead 7050 model appliance combines new levels of bandwidth and TCP session scalability with solid-state drives (SSD) and 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE). This powerful new appliance efficiently scales to meet the performance, reliability and flexibility requirements of large enterprises and allows them to more cost-effectively manage large-scale data center-to-data center replication, accelerate applications among many locations and users in an enterprise, and build large private cloud infrastructures.

The Steelhead 7050 is the first WAN optimization appliance where the persistent data store is 100% resident on SSDs, minimizing disk access times and latency to allow it to deliver the speed necessary to handle extreme work loads. The Steelhead 7050 optimizes up to 100,000 concurrent optimized TCP connections and up to one Gigabit per second WAN-side throughput, and utilizes up to four 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) network interface cards. 

Riverbed Storage Partners:  Elevating Disaster Recovery (DR) Plans and Maximizing Infrastructure
Riverbed has a strong eco-system of alliances with storage partners, including Brocade, Compellent, Dell™ EqualLogic™, Double-Take® Software, EMC and NetApp. These partners recognize the value that the Steelhead 7050 model appliances provide in enabling enterprises to elevate their DR strategies and maximize their infrastructure.

“Our customers rely on EMC storage to enable their disaster recovery strategies. We look forward to working with Riverbed in enhancing that strategy for customers through its release of its next generation Steelhead appliance,” said Deirdre Wassell, Director of Storage Product Marketing, at EMC.

Steelhead 7050 model appliances provide the following benefits:

First WAN Optimization Appliance with Solid-State Drives: Enhanced Speed and Performance
The Steelhead 7050 comes equipped with up to 28 SSDs that allow for higher throughput for read, write and search performance. Faster throughput shortens the time required to move data across the WAN to DR sites, allowing enterprises to protect more data, more often. It also delivers greater scale for accelerating branch office computing.  And, like other Steelhead appliances, the Steelhead 7050 data reduction capabilities free up more bandwidth for business-critical applications, often reducing WAN traffic as much as 60-95%.

Continuous Optimization for Increasingly Stringent Business Continuity Requirements with Datastore Fault Tolerance
Enterprises face stringent recovery point objective (RPO)/recovery time objective (RTO) requirements, necessitating that WAN optimization appliances be as resilient as the underlying storage hardware in order to ensure business continuity. To help businesses achieve business continuity, SSDs in the Steelhead 7050 model appliances are leveraged for datastore fault tolerance. This is a unique feature, analogous to RAID for disks, where if one of the SSDs fails, the Steelhead appliance maintains high throughput and continues to optimize data using the remaining disks.  IT managers can replace SSDs and be up and running again quickly to minimize data reduction degradation.

Highest WAN Capacity for Maximum Scalability: More Connections, 10GbE Support and Clustering Options
Steelhead 7050 provides the highest WAN capacity in the industry. Steelhead 7050 can support up to four 10GbE SR cards and is equipped to handle up to 100,000 connections, offering the industry’s most scalable solution. Riverbed further extended the scalability of WAN optimization with the introduction of the Interceptor® 9350 in October 2009, which enables the clustering of individual Steelhead appliances to meet the requirements of very large data center environments with up to 12 Gbps total aggregate throughput and 1,000,000 concurrent connections.

The Steelhead 7050L optimizes up to 75,000 concurrent TCP connections and is equipped with 14 SSDs. The Steelhead 7050M optimizes up to 100,000 concurrent TCP connections and is equipped with 28 SSDs.

“As our customers are enhancing their data center capabilities and building out private cloud environments, they are increasingly dependent on their network for everything from branch office computing to large-scale disaster recovery processes. We are committed to breaking down performance barriers within enterprises’ current network infrastructure and keeping it reliable, inexpensive and simple,” said Apurva Davé, vice president of product marketing at Riverbed. “With the release of Steelhead 7050, distributed enterprises can ensure that IT performance is not a limiting factor in DR efforts or instantaneous access to business-critical applications.”

The Steelhead 7050 model appliances are expected to be generally available in Q1 2010.
Forward Looking StatementsThis press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements relating to the expected demand for Riverbed's products and services, including Steelhead 7050, statements regarding performance results of Riverbed solutions, including Steelhead 7050, and statements relating to Riverbed’s ability to meet the needs of distributed organizations. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions that, if they do not fully materialize or prove incorrect, could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  The risks and uncertainties that could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include our ability to react to trends and challenges in our business and the markets in which we operate; our ability to anticipate market needs or develop new or enhanced products to meet those needs; the adoption rate of our products; our ability to establish and maintain successful relationships with our distribution partners; our ability to compete in our industry; fluctuations in demand, sales cycles and prices for our products and services; shortages or price fluctuations in our supply chain; our ability to protect our intellectual property rights; general political, economic and market conditions and events; and other risks and uncertainties described more fully in our documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission.  More information about these and other risks that may impact Riverbed’s business are set forth in our Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on October 30, 2009.  All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to us as of the date hereof, and we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.  Any future product, feature or related specification that may be referenced in this release are for information purposes only and are not commitments to deliver any technology or enhancement. Riverbed reserves the right to modify future product plans at any time.

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