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Riverbed Provides Seamless Integration Between Network Assessment and Acceleration with Enhanced Cascade Solution

Cascade 8.4 Delivers Intelligent, Business-Level Analytics and Visibility to Allow Organisations to Better Assess, Accelerate and Adapt Network Performance
  • 27 January, 2010 15:25

<p>Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the IT infrastructure performance company for networks, applications and storage, today announced enhancements to CascadeÒ, its advanced network and application performance analysis and visibility solution. The newest version, Cascade 8.4 provides enhanced reporting and integration with RiverbedÒ WAN optimisation that enable organisations to better assess, adapt and accelerate network performance. With Cascade 8.4, Riverbed allows enterprises to proactively monitor the end-user application experience in real-time. In addition, Cascade 8.4 integrates with Riverbed SteelheadÒ appliances to measure performance within optimised environments.</p>
<p>As organisations delve into new IT initiatives such as virtualisation, private cloud consolidation and cloud computing, they are increasingly realising the need for more intelligent, business-level visibility solutions that enable them to proactively manage network and application performance. Cascade provides enterprise-wide application performance analysis, data on server and application dependencies, and the tools for IT managers to immediately determine bottlenecks for the delivery of applications across their infrastructure. The new features in Cascade 8.4 allow organisations to measure beyond network performance and availability, and determine the business impact any drops in performance have on end-users. In addition, this release introduces Cascade Sensor-VE for the virtualised Riverbed Services Platform (RSP), enabling seamless performance measurement in both optimised and non-optimised environments - without requiring expensive physical probes in every branch office.</p>
<p>“Early adopters of WAN optimisation focused on acceleration—problems were acute and needed to be addressed quickly. For example, when an IT manager encountered latency and bandwidth challenges that stalled performance of a key application, he immediately selected a solution but didn’t necessarily develop an overall plan. Today, WAN optimisation has evolved from being seen as a tactical implementation to providing a strategic view of the network,” said Jon Oltsik, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. “By integrating Cascade into optimised environments, Riverbed provides a tool for higher level business analytics, visibility and reporting. This gives the technical staff the information and language needed to communicate with C-level executives when providing an understanding of the network and campaigning for IT dollars. Cascade 8.4 provides organisations with performance information they can act on – not only at a technical level but at a business level.”</p>
<p>The new features in Cascade 8.4 will provide customers with a complete WAN optimisation solution.</p>
<p>Proactively Monitor End-User Experience</p>
<p>Enhanced Application Performance Metrics</p>
<p>New Cascade metrics go beyond measuring the performance and availability of the network infrastructure, and enable examination of the experience of application users. Using a comprehensive set of performance metrics, Cascade 8.4 measures how fast users can conduct business.</p>
<p>· Application Throughput – This metric shows the rate at which application data is traversing the network, not including network overhead and retransmits. This feature helps assess the overall performance of the application and determine the need for additional optimisation.</p>
<p>· User Connection Throughput – This metric shows a key proxy for end-user experience. A per-connection throughput measurement, measured only while the connection is actively transmitting.</p>
<p>· Connection Duration – This metric is leveraged when examining the performance of transaction-oriented applications, where a connection contains a limited number of application transactions.</p>
<p>By automatically focusing on periods of actual user activity, Cascade measures the true speed a user can achieve when performing application transactions – therefore, measuring the true experience of the end user. The end user metrics are gathered and sent to Cascade Profiler™ for analysis.</p>
<p>Behavioral Analytics</p>
<p>Unlike reactive alternatives, Cascade continuously tracks end-user performance metrics, learning the normal network and application behavior, and proactively alerting the network and application teams whenever end users are experiencing slow performance. Cascade 8.4’s behavioral analytics enable the network team to solve problems even before end-users are impacted, and provide a true measurement of the efficiency of the IT infrastructure.</p>
<p>“Riverbed Steelhead appliances have become a critical part of our network infrastructure, providing fast application performance at 60 remote offices,“ said George Rosato, vice president of Information Systems &amp; Technology at CONSOL Energy Inc. “Adding the Cascade product to our network infrastructure in the Spring of 2009 really let us know what traffic is on our network. We are glad to see Riverbed leading the convergence of application acceleration and performance management, and look forward to deploying this new version of Cascade so we can continuously assess our service levels and fine-tune our network to deliver the performance that our business needs.”</p>
<p>Measure Performance in Optimised Environments</p>
<p>With the growing number of centralised, consolidated private cloud environments, enterprises are having an increasingly difficult time obtaining clear visibility into application performance at the branch office. With Cascade 8.4, Riverbed introduces Cascade Sensor-VE, a virtual remote sensor that runs on the Riverbed Services Platform (RSP), a virtualised partition on the Steelhead appliance. Cascade Sensor-VE takes advantage of the established Steelhead appliance footprint to enable enhanced performance measurement in optimised environments. Deployment with the RSP means that Sensor-VE is optimally located for measuring the end user experience, providing an easy-to-manage solution that eliminates the need for additional hardware at the branch. Cascade Sensor-VE is an optional software-only component that enhances Cascade’s flow-based analytics, which operate across optimised and non-optimised branch offices.</p>
<p>“We are focused on providing our customers with a complete WAN optimisation solution that allows them to optimise, monitor and adapt their network infrastructure to best meet the needs of their end users,” said Apurva Davé, vice president of product marketing at Riverbed. “With the enhancements we’re providing in Cascade 8.4, organisations can continuously assess their network with a proactive approach to resolving application issues. We’ve added more insight, control and power to enhance the applications that enterprises already have, allowing them to make the most of their IT infrastructure investments.”</p>
<p>Cascade 8.4 and Cascade Sensor-VE are currently available.</p>
<p>Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements relating to the expected demand for Riverbed's products and services, statements regarding performance results of Riverbed solutions, including Cascade 8.4 and Cascade Sensor-VE, and statements relating to Riverbed's ability to meet the needs of distributed organisations. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions that, if they do not fully materialize or prove incorrect, could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties that could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include our ability to react to trends and challenges in our business and the markets in which we operate; our ability to anticipate market needs or develop new or enhanced products to meet those needs; the adoption rate of our products; our ability to establish and maintain successful relationships with our distribution partners; our ability to compete in our industry; fluctuations in demand, sales cycles and prices for our products and services; shortages or price fluctuations in our supply chain; our ability to protect our intellectual property rights; general political, economic and market conditions and events; and other risks and uncertainties described more fully in our documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. More information about these and other risks that may impact Riverbed’s business are set forth in our Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on October 30, 2009. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to us as of the date hereof, and we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements. Any future product, feature or related specification that may be referenced in this release are for information purposes only and are not commitments to deliver any technology or enhancement. Riverbed reserves the right to modify future product plans at any time.</p>
<p>About Riverbed
Riverbed Technology is the IT infrastructure performance company. The Riverbed family of wide area network (WAN) optimisation solutions liberates businesses from common IT constraints by increasing application performance, enabling consolidation, and providing enterprise-wide network and application visibility – all while eliminating the need to increase bandwidth, storage or servers. Thousands of companies with distributed operations use Riverbed to make their IT infrastructure faster, less expensive and more responsive. Additional information about Riverbed (NASDAQ: RVBD) is available at www.riverbed.com.</p>

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