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Hello, Riverbed world!

Posted by riverbedtest on January 27, 2011

New-burst Good day, everyone. Following Evan’s recent announcement about adding more voices to the Riverbed blog, I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself. I’m Steve Riley, recently joining Riverbed’s Strategic Technology Group—the same team to which Josh Tseng, a regular blogger here, belongs. I came to Riverbed from Amazon Web Services, where as a technical evangelist I helped customers understand how to solve the sometimes confusing problems around security, privacy, and compliance in the cloud. Before that I was at Microsoft, where for a time I worked in the telecommunications and security practices of Microsoft Consulting Services and mostly in the Trustworthy Computing Group as public speaker, customer advisor, author of several articles, and co-author of a Windows security book.

I’m thrilled to join the community of Riverbed employees, customers, and partners. Riverbed isn’t a new name to me; when people would ask for my opinions of how to squeeze the most out of their expensive network connections, Riverbed was the obvious choice and I’d recommend Steelhead consistently. While I thoroughly enjoyed my years of working to help others protect their networks and fight the bad guys, it feels good to return to my networking roots and be a part of the company truly revolutionizing the foundation of the 21st century: constant connectivity.

Cloud-computing Among other fun and challenging things, part of my role at Riverbed is to assist you, our current (and future) customers, derive maximum value from virtualization and cloud computing. Enterprise adoption of the cloud will happen—indeed, for many enterprises, the verb should be is already happening. Cloud Steelhead, in conjunction with Steelhead appliances in regional offices and Steelhead Mobile for road warriors, enable businesses to fundamentally rebuild themselves. Location matters: if you can live and work closer to your customers yet still communicate with your colleagues as easily as if you were in the office, do you really need a massive central headquarters nowadays? (I have many ideas here and will share them with you over time.) Whitewater wipes out the drudgery of backups and gives you the assurance that all of your data is preserved multiple times in multiple distinct physical locations.


At Riverbed we love pushing networks to their limits. Let us take care of quickly and safely moving and storing your critical information so that you can concentrate on the business of your business. My role is customer-facing; I look forward to meeting many of you in person soon. In the meantime, or at any time, feel free to reach out to me directly at

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Four Brand New Whitewater Stories

Posted by riverbedtest on January 10, 2011

Riverbed Whitewater Appliance is a new product that we introduced back in November.  It optimizes backups into the cloud, using the same kinds of deduplication and optimization that Steelhead appliances use across the WAN.  It brings tremendous security (SSL, 256-bit AES), and a huge reduction in the amount of data that flows into the cloud, while keeping a local copy of the backed up data on the appliance.  And it works with most current backup applications (NetBackup, Backup Exec).

Below you'll find four brand new videos of Riverbed customers saying great things about how easy Whitewater is to implement, and the value they've received.

Check them all out.  Each speaker discusses different benefits that he and his organization have seen.

First up, Jeff Roundtree of Pump Solutions.


Next it's Mitchel Weinberger, IT Manager at GeoEngineers.


Third, we have Jeff Cummings from Lighthouse Document Technologies.


And finally, we've got Ben Bailey at Applied Voice and Speech Technology.


Posted in Application Acceleration, Bandwidth Optimization, Disaster Recovery, People, Public Cloud | 1 Comment »

Opening More Doors in Social Media

Posted by riverbedtest on January 7, 2011

Linkedin-logo Today we opened up our Riverbed LinkedIn group page and made it a Public Group.  What this means is that all future discussions will be fully visible, searchable, and shareable on the Web, and that they can be seen by non-LinkedIn members, shared on Twitter and Facebook, and indexed by search engines.  (It also means that all past discussions are now closed in a members-only archive.)

The LinkedIn forums often contain some interesting discussions about our products and about networks in general.  If you've never seen them, I highly recommend paying the group a visit.

This follows our work earlier this year to merge our Support Forum with our Community Forum.  The Support Forum had been only accessible to support customers, but now nearly all of the combined forum is available to everyone (to be fair, a handful of boards do have restricted access), including thorny technical questions and the occasional difficulties that our customers post about. 

We feel that by opening up these forums, our customers, partners, and prospects are able to gain a better insight into the questions and issues, both good and bad, that our customers experience as they use our products.  Everyone can also see how well our support teams and our customers themselves answer questions, and some of the rave reviews that we receive on a regular basis.

We believe that openness is an important part of what we do and how we do it.  And as always, we look forward to your comments on this and all of our blog postings.

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Performance Hall of Fame Winner

Posted by riverbedtest on January 4, 2011

Logo_vonpar Congratulations to Cristiano Luvizon of Vonpar (site is in Portuguese) in Brazil for winning the November Performance Hall of Fame.  You can find his entry, More than 650GB removed in a month, band cap. increase 5.17X!! right here.  Cristiano is the Security Officer, and is the analyst responsible for data links.  Vonpar oversees two independent organizations in the food and beverage Original industry in Brazil, Vonpar Bebidas (the 4th largest Coca-Cola manufacturer in Brazil) and Vonpar Alimentos.

Vonpar acquired and installed their 12 Steelhead Appliances (two 1050Hs, a 550H, a 250H, and eight 250Ms) and 30 Steelhead Mobile licenses in June, 2009, and they are distributed around two southern Brazilian states, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul.  Primarily they use them for HTTP, CIFS and Lotus Notes, and as indicated in the graph, he has reduced bandwidth consumed by these applications by between 80 and 94%, and removed more than 650GB of WAN traffic in a month. 

Mbrazil Cristiano loves to tell the story of the day that the Steelhead Appliances were installed at their second set of remote sites.  They pre-configured the appliances and shipped them out intending to send technicians to complete the installations once they had complete the installations in the main data center.  But users at the first sites to receive the appliances called their colleagues at the second sites and told them how amazing the Steelheads are.  So their colleagues, who are financial, commercial, and logistical analysts  without very much technical knowledge, went ahead and installed the Steelhead appliances all by themselves.  No technicians required.  And they were thrilled by the performance improvement.

We love this story too, because it once again shows how easy our appliances are to install, and how much difference they can make for the people and companies who use them. 

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CRN interviews Jerry Kennelly & Eric Wolford

Posted by riverbedtest on November 24, 2010

Over at there's an interview with Riverbed's CEO Jerry Kennelly and our SVP of Marketing and Business Development Eric Wolford.  They talk about the competitiveness of the WAN Optimization market, the inevitably of cloud computing, and Riverbed's plans for the future.

Check it out here.

Posted in Corporate, People, Private Cloud, Public Cloud, Virtualization | 3 Comments »