Riverbed Touts VMware Performance

Riverbed's Steelhead appliances allow global and regional enterprises to virtualize data access

September 10, 2007

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Riverbed Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:RVBD - News), the performance leader in wide-area data services (WDS), today announced that its industry-leading Steelhead appliances now enable enterprises to efficiently collaborate across VMware environments, while at the same time centralizing and consolidating IT resources - all without sacrificing application performance. Joint Riverbed and VMware customers can now more efficiently replicate VMware environments to set up remote and branch offices backed by disaster recovery, all while experiencing performance improvements of up to 55x.

As a Premier Partner in the VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program, Riverbed is able to assure customers of interoperability between VMware's virtualization solutions and Riverbed's Steelhead WDS products. Riverbed is scheduled to speak about the WDS offering at VMworld 2007, September 11-13, 2007 in San Francisco in a one-hour session, BC39, titled, "Optimizing Data Protection for Virtual Environments with Deduplication and WAN Acceleration." To learn more about the event, please visit www.vmworld.com.

Enterprise customers have already recognized the value of the Riverbed and VMware offering. When asked about the solution, Mandi Turner, director of information technology at Greenebaum, Doll & McDonald, a US-based business law firm with approximately 200 legal professionals in seven offices, serving local, national and international clients, commented, "The VMware and Riverbed solution delivers multiple benefits. First, they have allowed us to consolidate our IT. We've eliminated 66% of our servers, yet our remote staff is able to work as if they are local. Second, we're now able to accelerate our virtualized data for disaster recovery by nine times. File transfers that once took six hours now take 20 minutes. Lastly, our WAN capacity has increased an average by 2.5X. Without the combination of these two products, we wouldn't have been able to deploy this project."

Cubist Pharmaceuticals, a rapidly growing biopharmaceutical firm that focuses on the development of anti-infective drugs, replicates VMware virtual machine images as part of a next generation disaster recovery strategy and has deployed Riverbed's WDS solutions to accelerate that replication.

Michael Geldart, senior manager of computer operations at Cubist, described his VMware implementation as follows, "We're an early adopter and heavy user of newer enabling technologies, VMware being one of those. Two years ago, we embarked upon utilization of VMware Infrastructure as our primary virtualization platform. We now have roughly 90% of our Windows and Linux servers running inside of VMware ESX Server as a virtual machine, which allows us to do a snap of these machines and replicate them to other sites."Riverbed Technology Inc.

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