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San Francisco—April 08, 2015— Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the leader in application performance infrastructure, today announced Riverbed® SteelFusion™ 4.0, the first and only hyper-converged infrastructure solution for the branch of the future. SteelFusion 4.0 enables zero IT at the branch by virtualizing and consolidating 100% of data and servers from remote sites into data centers, centralizing data security and IT management without losing the benefits of running branch services locally. SteelFusion meets the IT challenges of today's sprawling branch environments by enabling organizations to remove all servers, storage, and backup from remote sites; enabling instant provisioning and recovery; providing complete security and visibility; and ensuring that applications simply work.
In SteelFusion 4.0, the hardware platforms have been completely updated and redesigned to deliver increased performance and scalability for remote sites and regional hubs of all sizes. SteelFusion 4.0 also introduces new FusionSync™ for seamless branch continuity. FusionSync ensures that all branch data is accessible across private and hybrid cloud environments, providing the ability to withstand and recover from data center failures with zero downtime. Now, with SteelFusion 4.0, enterprises can deploy a single hyper-converged solution to centralize all branch office data and applications in the data center as well as leverage the cloud for continuity, resulting in dramatic increases in data security, business continuity and agility, operational efficiency and application performance.
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An average of over 50% of enterprise employees are based at branch offices (remote sites, job sites, stores, manufacturing plants, etc.), meaning that if branch applications don't perform, branch workers can't work and business is lost with direct impacts to the top and bottom line. Branch offices, remote locations and store fronts are critical for local customer engagement, but they require IT staff to support many islands of infrastructure that are costly and inefficient to maintain and yet necessary to meet local performance and reliability needs. Today, 50% of company data and intellectual property still lives outside the data center, leaving it unprotected, open to compromise and data breaches. Backup processes are cumbersome and data recovery is time-consuming or even futile without qualified IT staff at most branches, not to mention the challenges of provisioning new services or applications in an agile world. These activities, and others that support branch IT operations, consume 50% of IT budgets.
SteelFusion changes the game so that enterprises can rethink branch IT. For example, one can imagine the branch analogously as a smart phone - a thin, small device that has access to all the applications and data of the Internet and cloud. And yet, when one buys a smart phone, the provider doesn't also provide a backpack full of application servers, storage, and backup infrastructure to carry with it. In the age of the cloud, branch IT should be the same way, and now it can be with Riverbed SteelFusion 4.0.
"Branches are the front lines of business with increasing IT needs. However, the answer to delivering customer-centric business is not to introduce more IT complexity and infrastructure, but to rethink branch IT," said Paul O'Farrell, Senior Vice President and General Manager, SteelFusion and SteelHead Product Groups at Riverbed. "With SteelFusion 4.0, Riverbed delivers the branch of the future with a zero branch IT solution that eliminates the challenges of supporting remote sites. This means getting all of the infrastructure - servers, storage and backup - out of the branch and centralized into the data center. By doing so, companies gain the agility to instantly provision new services and apps and to recover data in minutes versus days. This also means data security and control with full visibility, ensuring business continuity, and that apps perform as if local. SteelFusion 4.0 delivers on all these promises and more."
Many Riverbed customers are already benefiting from a zero branch IT approach, including Weatherford, one of the largest global oil and gas service providers. "Our operations cover oil rigs and offshore locations where any disruption or unavailability of applications on site would result in loss of production time," explained Han Koon Er, Asia Pacific IT Manager, Weatherford Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. "With Riverbed SteelFusion, we are able to optimize data center processes and thereby eliminate file servers, storage and other backup processes which require our IT teams to be dispatched to remote locations. This has enabled focused production on site with peace of mind that data is secured at our data center."
The next generation of SteelFusion incorporates the following enhancements:
"With the volume of data created and stored outside the central data center continuing to grow significantly, CIOs are actively looking for ways to mitigate risk and simplify the challenge of data security and centralization, while achieving optimal productivity in branch locations," said Mark Bowker, Senior Analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. "Branch IT operations represent a significant opportunity to address these issues, and CIOs must carefully consider how the current state of branch IT affects the business and bottom line, and which new technologies can help move branches into a more secure and cost-effective operating model."
Riverbed SteelFusion and the Riverbed Application Performance Management Platform™
The Riverbed Application Performance Platform™ gives CIOs end-to-end visibility, optimization and control across an entire enterprise. A key part of the platform, Riverbed SteelFusion is the first and only hyper-converged infrastructure solution that enables zero IT at the branch. SteelFusion consolidates 100% of data and servers out of branches and into the datacenter where it can be properly secured, managed and protected, while ensuring fast local performance of branch applications and services. SteelFusion extends the full power, security and resiliency of the datacenter out to each branch site resulting in complete data security, increased business agility and superior business continuity.
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