SAN FRANCISCO—February 19, 2013— Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the application performance company, today announced that it has been awarded IDG's InfoWorld 2013 Technology of the Year Award for the Riverbed® Granite™ appliance. InfoWorld recognized Riverbed for developing the groundbreaking technology that enables complete consolidation of branch servers and storage while ensuring consistent performance for remote users. As a result, Granite appliances radically reduce the operational burden on IT managers while massively increasing their control over the infrastructure - all at a lower total cost of ownership.
"The unique capability of Granite to 'vacuum up' servers and storage from branch and remote offices so they can be centrally controlled in the data center is truly transformational and has been validated by a growing number of customers and now this recognition by InfoWorld as Technology of the Year," said John Martin, senior vice president, product management at Riverbed. "Organizations love the ability to consolidate edge servers and data, get rid of remote backup and improving data security by putting data in secure locations to remove risk. Granite helps customers do these things while cutting costs, improving centralized management and reducing operational burden."
Selected by InfoWorld Test Center editors and reviewers, the annual awards identify the best and most innovative products on the IT landscape. Winners are drawn from all of the products tested during the past year, with the final selections made by InfoWorld's Test Center staff. All products reviewed by the Test Center are eligible to win.
In the review of Granite 1.0, product tester Keith Schultz stated that "with Granite, IT can collapse server resources -- VMs and storage volumes -- back to the data center while still providing server resources at the branch office. Setup and configuration are minimal, and being able to pin and unpin volumes provides excellent flexibility. It's possible no one ever dreamed of running VMs over the WAN, but now there is a solution -- and Granite is its name."
Granite appliances extend the virtual edge of the data center to the branch office, enabling complete consolidation of edge servers and data. This new technology represents an architectural disruption that delivers the best of all worlds: 100% consolidated data and applications and local area network (LAN) performance at the edge over the WAN. Granite appliances enable the provisioning of branch services and storage instantly for increased agility, high availability and improved data protection. By eliminating data at the branch, organizations can also increase the security of data at the edge.
"Many years ago we called these our Product of the Year Awards. But product just isn't the right word. Our Technology of the Year Awards are not merely the best products in their class. These are the tools at the leading edge of technology innovation -- the ones that are shaping the way we work and do business," said Doug Dineley, Executive Editor/Test Center, InfoWorld.
Riverbed Steelhead appliances running RiOS 7.0 also won the InfoWorld Technology of the Year for Best WAN Accelerator. More details can be found here: http://www.riverbed.com/us/company/news/press_releases/2013/press_021913a.
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, edge-VSI, 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.
InfoWorld is the leading resource for content and tools on "modernizing enterprise IT." The InfoWorld Expert Contributor Network provides a unique perspective in the market; our editors provide first-hand experience from testing, deploying, and managing implementation of emerging enterprise technologies. InfoWorld's website (InfoWorld.com) and custom solutions provide a deep dive into specific technologies to help IT decision-makers excel in their roles and provide opportunities for IT vendors to reach this audience. InfoWorld is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading media, events, and research company. Company information is available at www.idgenterprise.com.
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