SAN FRANCISCO—September 16, 2013— Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the application performance company, today announced that Riverbed® has become a Certified Solutions Partner as part of the Juniper Networks® SDN Technology Partner Program. This certification marks a major milestone in the ADC industry and is a result of the validation of the industry-leading Riverbed Stingray application delivery controller (ADC) with Juniper Networks Contrail, a standards-based, highly scalable network virtualization and intelligence solution for software-defined networks (SDN). By bringing together Riverbed Stingray and Juniper Networks Contrail, organizations will be able to realize reduced network complexity and improved flexibility to respond faster to business needs.
As a Juniper Networks SDN Technology Partner, Riverbed will work with Juniper to help customers implement SDNs and transition to software-defined data centers (SDDC) that include highly scalable and automated service chaining of virtualized layer-7 services. Automated service chaining will allow companies to deliver new network services faster at lower cost and less risk.
"Juniper Networks is pleased to have Riverbed be part of the SDN Technology Partner Program," said Aruna Ravichandran, vice president, marketing and strategy, Software Solutions Division at Juniper Networks. "Juniper Networks Contrail combined with Stingray will provide our mutual customers with an SDN platform that is simple, agile, and easy to manage.
With Stingray, organizations can transition to SDDCs seamlessly with programmable configuration capabilities. The Stingray product family features programmability in the control plane and in the data plane. This is designed to operate alongside and enhance emerging northbound and southbound SDN application programming interfaces (APIs). As such, these robust capabilities provide applications working with the Juniper Networks Contrail controller the ability to monitor and analyze the current state of an ADC instance, adjust service configuration and rule processing, and adapt to changes in the underlying network.
"As enterprises look to move beyond SDN to implement SDDCs, Riverbed Stingray is well positioned to support large-scale automated ADC deployments in an as-a-service model with the recently released Stingray Services Controller," said Jeff Pancottine, senior vice president and general manager of Stingray. "ADCs have to be cloud-aware, as dynamic as the application itself, and able to fit into changing environments. Riverbed offers the ideal ADC solutions to support SDDCs and accelerate multi-tier applications quickly and cost-efficiently across any private, public, and hybrid cloud environment. Through the Juniper Networks SDN Technology Partner program, Riverbed and Juniper will work to mitigate the complexities associated with application delivery."
Added Ravichandran, "Juniper Networks Contrail helps customers speed service deployment by automating the creation and dynamic control of service chains. By working with Riverbed to integrate Stingray software ADCs with Juniper Networks Contrail, customers will benefit from the simple approach to connect networks and automate the provisioning of Stingray ADC service."
Stingray brings rich application delivery and control to any software-defined network. Built without the constraints inherent in legacy ADC architectures, Stingray becomes the crucial bridge between layer 2/3 SDN packet processing and layer-7 automated service chaining.
The combined Riverbed and Juniper Networks solution will deliver the following benefits associated with deploying application services in an SDN environment:
More than 22,000 organizations worldwide depend on Riverbed to understand, optimize and consolidate their IT infrastructure, through solutions that overcome performance issues caused by distance, distributed computing, and ever increasing amounts of data. As IT organizations embark on strategic initiatives to virtualize, consolidate and migrate workloads into cloud environments, users are moved farther from their data. Slow applications, slow file transfers and inefficient websites can negatively impact the performance and success of these initiatives. Riverbed transforms IT performance by providing solutions spanning WAN optimization, storage delivery, application-aware network performance management, application performance management, application delivery controllers, web content optimization (WCO), and cloud data protection. By providing the broadest portfolio of performance solutions that deliver anywhere, any-application optimization, Riverbed enables organizations to increase productivity and efficiency, while enhancing business resilience and controlling costs.
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