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Riverbed Seeks Broader Market

Startup Riverbed Technology this week is filling out the low end of its portfolio with the release of two new WAN optimization and acceleration appliances aimed at small branch offices.

The new Steelhead 100 targets remote offices with up to five users, while the Steelhead 200 targets offices with up to 20 users. They are priced at $3,495 and $4,995, respectively.

“As we talked to customers, we found that they love our architecture and acceleration technology, but it wasn’t economical for wide-scale deployment,” said Jerry Kennelly, CEO of Riverbed, San Francisco.

Until now, Riverbed’s smallest appliance was its Steelhead 510, built for offices with up to 200 users.

Solution providers said the new appliances should lead to broader deployments of Riverbed technology.

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