November 11, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO, November 11, 2010 -- Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the IT performance company, today introduced the first wide area network (WAN) optimization solution purpose-built for public cloud environments. The new Riverbed Cloud Steelhead provides enterprises and government organizations with market-leading performance in a solution that is engineered for the public cloud. Cloud Steelhead was designed to easily install and scale within cloud service provider environments in order to both accelerate the migration of data to the public cloud and improve performance for applications hosted in the public cloud. With the introduction of Cloud Steelhead, Riverbed has further broadened its vision of 'anywhere acceleration' of enterprise data and applications, including addressing performance issues in private, public and hybrid cloud environments.
"Cloud computing is radically changing the way enterprises manage their infrastructure. Because of its benefits, we currently forecast the investment in public cloud at $68.3 billion and expect to see double the investment in public cloud computing over the next five years,"* said Lydia Leong, research vice president at Gartner.
The public cloud provides a flexible and efficient platform for the deployment of IT resources. Organizations look to the cloud today to take advantage of pay-as-you-go compute capabilities, seamless collaboration with partners, and for test and development. However, to take advantage of the many benefits of public cloud computing today, enterprises are forced to make a trade-off between a cost-effective and flexible cloud computing provider and the performance limitations inherent in today's applications and networks. Now, by overcoming application and network performance problems, Cloud Steelhead accelerates the process of migrating data and applications to the public cloud, and accelerates access to that data and those applications from anywhere. Cloud Steelhead, which interoperates with Steelhead appliances, Virtual Steelhead appliances, and the Steelhead mobile client, requires no changes to an organization's existing IT architecture and offers the following features to ensure seamless cloud integration:
Transparent cloud interception: With the introduction of the new "Steelhead Discovery Agent", Riverbed has dramatically simplified the way in which WAN optimization can be integrated into cloud environments. With this new approach, Riverbed ensures that WAN optimization can be used in highly automated, virtualized environments where the physical location of the customer's server might change at any time. With this new form of cloud interception, servers that are authorized to leverage WAN optimization will automatically redirect connections to the appropriate Cloud Steelhead, even if server IP addresses or subnets change.
Cloud-like pricing model: Subscription-based pricing model enables cloud-like economics for WAN optimization. Riverbed offers software subscriptions with term commitments as short as 6 months, which allows customers that utilize Cloud Steelhead to shift from capex to opex for their WAN optimization requirements.
Simple, portal-based management: The new "Riverbed Cloud Portal" allows for simplified deployment, easy management, licensing, and instant upgrades of Cloud Steelhead instances. With as few as three clicks a customer will be able to deploy a new Cloud Steelhead and use an intuitive interface to manage capacity, location, and more.
Easy cloning: Administrators will be able to use their existing Cloud Steelhead settings and configurations to bring new Cloud Steelhead instances online quickly and easily.
Initially, Cloud Steelhead v1.0 will integrate with Amazon EC2 and Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC).
"Riverbed helps Razorfish employees collaborate more effectively by increasing performance of applications and data shared across our offices around the world," said Tom Marcello, director of IT engineering at Razorfish. "When we implemented Cloud Steelhead into our public cloud environment, we experienced faster performance of our line of business applications."
Enterprises that move their applications and data to the public cloud face similar challenges to those faced by organizations that consolidate their IT infrastructure into data centers or private clouds: latency and bandwidth constraints dramatically slow performance. Riverbed tests found that due to network constraints, using a public cloud to store and access data can be up to 20X slower than a local environment. For those users that have grown to expect Riverbed Steelhead accelerated performance in their private cloud environment, Cloud Steelhead can provide the same level of performance in public cloud environments. Customers testing Cloud Steelhead have experienced up to a 30X improvement in application performance.
"Due to the remote location of some of our field offices, and the lack of specific IT skills there, ensuring availability of our critical data for all members of our global team is a critical business issue. Ongoing communication and data accessibility are critical to the work of rescue these teams undertake - so replicating data into the public cloud is a clear choice for us," said John Lax, Vice President of Information Systems at International Justice Mission (IJM), a global human rights organization. "Moving data to the cloud provides a single point of control for our infrastructure. As a result, we are able to provide almost instantaneous access to our data, which is essential for the urgent work these teams undertake - bringing rescue to victims of slavery, sex trafficking and other forms of violent oppression. Cloud Steelhead allows us to replicate data to the cloud in record time. Using Cloud Steelhead we've experienced the cold pass to be three times the speed than without Riverbed software. Impressively, we measured a 98.9% speed increase when going from a cold pass to a warm pass."
"Our customers have depended on us to help them understand, optimize and consolidate their current IT infrastructure into private clouds," said Apurva Davé, vice president of product marketing at Riverbed. "Working closely with our customers we've found that public clouds, while providing a compelling new IT delivery model, share many of the same network limitations of private clouds. Namely, that distance between a user and data slows down application performance due to latency, and that data is constantly growing and hitting the limitations of existing bandwidth. With the launch of Cloud Steelhead, Riverbed is evolving its solution to address performance issues where enterprises use their data today and where they want to use it in the future."
Availability: Riverbed Cloud Steelhead is expected to be generally available in Q4 2010.
* See Gartner, Inc. "Forecast: Public Cloud Services, Worldwide and Regions, Industry Sectors, 2009-2014," G00200833.
Source: Riverbed Technology
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