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November 11, 2010

Riverbed introduces cloud-intelligent WAN optimisation offering

Accelerate migration of data to the public cloud

By CBR Staff Writer

Riverbed Technology has introduced a wide area network (WAN) optimisation offering, Cloud Steelhead, purpose-built for public cloud environments.

The company said its new offering was designed to 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.

Cloud Steelhead interoperates with Steelhead appliances, Virtual Steelhead appliances, and the Steelhead mobile client, and requires no changes to an organisation’s existing IT architecture.

Riverbed said it ensures that WAN optimisation can be used in automated, virtualised environments where the physical location of the customer’s server might change at any time.

The firm said Cloud Steelhead v1.0 will integrate with Amazon EC2 and Virtual Private Cloud, and software subscriptions are available with minimum term commitments of 6 months.

The WAN optimisation offering enables administrators to use their existing Cloud Steelhead settings and configurations to bring new Cloud Steelhead instances online.

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Riverbed vice president of product marketing Apurva Davé said with the launch of Cloud Steelhead, the company is evolving its offeirng to address performance issues where enterprises use their data today and where they want to use it in the future.

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