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Riverbed Whitewater Improves Data Protection Options in the Public Cloud with Addition of Support for Microsoft Azure, Rackspace and OpenStack Cloud Storage Solutions and Data Protection Applications from CommVault, HP and Veeam
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, October 11, 2011 –/BackupReview.info/– Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the IT performance company, today announced an expansion of the ecosystem for the RiverbedÂ® WhitewaterÂ® family of cloud storage gateway solutions for data protection, giving organizations unparalleled choice and flexibility when replacing tape storage with a fast, secure and cost-efficient solution that seamlessly off-sites data to cloud storage environments. Riverbed has grown the number of cloud storage, backup software, and critical database protection solutions supported by Whitewater to more than 15, tripling the size of the ecosystem in the last six months.
Added to the Whitewater gateway ecosystem are cloud storage solutions Windows Azure, RackspaceÂ® Cloud Filesâ„¢ and OpenStack Object Storage (Swift); backup software CommVaultÂ® SimpanaÂ® for Backup and Recovery, HPÂ® Data Protector and Veeam Backup & Replicationâ„¢; as well as critical database protection solutions Microsoft SQL Server backup and restore and OracleÂ® Recovery Manager (RMAN). By providing more choice and flexibility, Riverbed ensures its customers can confidently move to cloud storage to enhance their data protection strategies, regardless of location or data protection application, to best meet the needs of their organization.
â€œOrganizations are struggling to develop effective data protection strategies, primarily due to rampant data growth and expanding global enterprises. Recently, cloud storage has emerged as the next logical step in the evolution of data protection that allows organizations to transfer the cost and management burden to a third party,â€ said Bob Laliberte, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. â€œThe pace of data growth is making it more challenging for organizations to meet backup windows. With this release, Riverbed is introducing new levels of support for third-party storage providers and backup solutions. This will make it even easier for organizations to benefit from the scalability, flexibility and cost-effectiveness of cloud storage without requiring any changes to their existing backup processes and tools, enabling organizations to meet or exceed corporate service level agreements.â€
Comprehensive Solutions Ecosystem Gives Customers More Freedom
Bigger Global Footprint with More Cloud Providers
â€œMicrosoft is working with Riverbed to help organizations take advantage of Microsoftâ€™s cloud platform, Windows Azure,â€ said Prashant Ketkar, director of product marketing, Windows Azure. â€œCustomers turn to providers like Riverbed for their public cloud needs because they offer a customized approach to data protection and operational needs.â€
Rackspace Cloud Files:
â€œWith Whitewater gateways, Rackspace customers can further integrate data protection functionality into their cloud-based IT infrastructure,â€ said Ven Shanmugam, senior manager, strategy and corporate development at Rackspace. â€œThe integration of Cloud Files with Whitewater gateways allows customers to take advantage of the cloud while addressing their data protection concerns.â€
OpenStack Object Storage (Swift):
Support for Backup Applications that Account for 85% Market Share
CommVault Simpana for Backup and Recovery:
HP Data Protector:
Veeam Backup & Replication:
â€œVeeam provides flexible and reliable backups of virtual machines running in VMware vSphereâ„¢ environments,â€ said Rick Hoffman, vice president of channel and alliances at Veeam Software. â€œCustomers can now deploy Riverbed Whitewater gateways and Veeam Backup and Replication with confidence to quickly backup and recover to and from the cloud. This joint effort enables customers to achieve high availability of their virtualized environments while reducing costs and enhancing their data protection.â€
New Support for Critical Database Protection Solutions
Microsoft SQL Server backup and restore
Whitewater gateways deduplicate, compress and encrypt data to reduce storage costs in the cloud. Whitewater enables organizations to easily and securely obtain the benefits of the public cloudâ€™s economies of scale, flexibility, scalability and pay-per-use pricing, without changes to their existing infrastructure. This frees data protection staff from labor-intensive tape backup and tape infrastructure management with no disruption to their operations. In the event of a disaster, the secure cloud copy can be restored to any location and provides a strong DR solution without the need to purchase and maintain expensive hardware in remote locations. Whitewater gateways connect directly to the industryâ€™s most popular data protection software as well as the leading cloud service provider application programming interfaces (APIs), requiring no expensive integration or complex configuration. Organizations can set up Whitewater and move data to the cloud in some cases in less than an hour, providing a fast return on their investment. The broad ecosystem for Whitewater enables organizations to flexibly transition between major cloud storage providers, should requirements change in the future. Customers that are taking advantage of Whitewater gateways today include GeoEngineers, Psomas, SM Energy and Northland Services.
â€œOur data continues to grow by 30% every year, which made managing backup with aging disks a cause for concern from both a risk and management standpoint,â€ said Frank Slaughter, network engineer at Northland Services, a provider of freight transport between Washington and Alaska and Hawaii. â€œDeploying Whitewater gateways with our existing CommVault backup software and the ability to connect directly into the Amazon S3 environment has provided us a fast, secure and cost-efficient method to seamlessly off-site data. Whitewater gateways enable us to be scalable, flexible and cost-efficient without having to shorten our retention periods as we are no longer constrained by capacity limits.â€
â€œBy working closely with more than 15 leading solution providers that are now supported by Whitewater gateways, weâ€™re giving customers the most comprehensive choices for their cloud-based data protection initiatives,â€ said Ray Villeneuve, general manager of cloud storage at Riverbed. â€œWith Whitewater gateways, customers now have flexibility that previously was not possible. This ensures organizations can enhance their data protection strategies with solutions that match their requirements while providing a clear and simple path for data protection in the cloud.â€
Availability: The version of the Whitewater gateway announced in this press release is expected to be available in Q4 2011.
1 Gartner, Inc., Market Share Analysis: Storage Management Software Market, Worldwide, 2010″ by Alan Dayley, Matthew Cheung, Dave Russell, May 3, 2011
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