Riverbed extends partnership with VMware

Partnership is designed to help companies with their transition to cloud

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Riverbed extends partnership with VMware Riverbed and VMware are continuing their partnership to help enterprises accelerate their move to the cloud.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  May 7, 2012

Riverbed Technology has announced that they will continue to partner with VMware to help enterprises accelerate their journey to the cloud.

The partnership is designed to help enable businesses to increase efficiency and improve productivity while reducing costs. With the latest collaboration, Riverbed wide area network (WAN) optimisation solutions accelerate virtual machines (VMs) moving between clouds-private, public and hybrid-with VMware vCloud Connector. The combination of Riverbed and VMware solutions are designed to help enable cloud service providers to maximise their cloud computing offerings by empowering their customers to utilise their existing IT investments.

"Businesses all over the world are turning to virtualisation and cloud computing to simplify their IT infrastructure, consolidating, and moving applications to the cloud," said Parag Patel, vice president, Global Strategic Alliances, VMware. "To support this trend, Riverbed and VMware continue to innovate to provide additional value and benefits for our customers' existing investments. This latest collaboration with Riverbed optimises and accelerates the moving of VMs between VMware vSphere and VMware vCloud, improving business flexibility and productivity, and making it faster and easier to gain the benefits of cloud computing."

Built upon VMware vSphere 5 and VMware vCloud APIs, VMware vCloud Connector is designed to allow customers to connect VMware vSphere and VMware vCloud Director-based private and public clouds and manage them through a single interface.

Riverbed and VMware's solutions are designed to help customers overcome these challenges, enabling companies to realise the benefits of utilising multiple cloud environments without compromising performance. The Riverbed WAN optimisation solution delivers significant performance gains when moving large VMs across the WAN, while giving the ability to reduce the time to move VMs and costs associated with WAN infrastructure.

As part of this continued collaboration announced today, an extensive test conducted by Riverbed and VMware confirmed interoperability, and resulted in significant performance benefits for onboarding VMs on to a private or public cloud in a Riverbed optimised WAN environment. Testing was performed using VMware vCloud Connector to transfer virtual machine images with and without the Steelhead appliance, in a variety of real-world WAN network conditions. The test result showed that the Steelhead appliance, with WAN-like latency emulated between two VMware vCentre Servers, reduced transfer time by up to 75x.

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