Articles about Riverbed

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Riverbed retires RVBD from NASDAQ after private equity swoop

Riverbed is no longer a publicly-traded company, as the buyout of its stock by private equiteer Thoma Bravo and Teachers’ Private Capital concluded late last week. The deal was announced last December and appears to have been influenced by activist investor Elliot Management which reckons Riverbed could be doing better. All …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Apr 2015
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Private equity downs WAN furtler Riverbed in $3.6bn gulp

+Comment WAN optimiser and app speeder Riverbed is being bought by private equity house Thoma Bravo for $3.6bn. Riverbed failed to grow sufficiently and its business foundered somewhat, opening it up to the attentions of activist investor Elliott Management. That's the same investor that is pushing EMC for a VMware sell-off. In October …
Chris Mellor, 15 Dec 2014

NetApp buys SteelStore from Riverbed

NetApp has extricated Riverbed from some nasty Whitewater rapids that threatened to drag it under and pummel it on the rocks below. The big blue staple rode to the rescue by buying its SteelStore product line for U$80 million in cash. SteelStore is Riverbed's re-branded Whitewater cloud storage backup appliance technology. It …
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2014
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We're hyperconverged too, says Riverbed as it issues SteelFusion 4

Hyperconverged infrastructure is the buzzphrase of the moment, and Riverbed's decided it wants some of that buzz by decreeing thath the fourth iteration of its SteelFusion appliances are, indeed, hyperconverged. SteelFusion is a server and WAN optimisation box in one package. The idea is to put the smaller versions of the box at …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Apr 2015

Brocade reels in app delivery controller biz from Riverbed

Riverbed is making more progress in selling off non-core assets with Brocade intent on picking up its SteelApp application delivery controller. Under pressure from activist investor Elliott Management, network optimisation supplier Riverbed is going private and selling off non-core assets, like SteelCore, to improve its …
Chris Mellor, 06 Feb 2015

Activist investors force Riverbed into climbdown over cash 'n' costs

Comment Another one bites the dust as activist investor Elliott Management forces networking biz Riverbed into a strategic review of its options. Despite announcing good second and third quarter results with increasing revenues and profits, Riverbed has had to bow to activist investors' concerns about shareholder value by initiating a …
Chris Mellor, 24 Oct 2014

Granite becomes Steel: Riverbed rebrands its ROBO gear

Granite is an unchanging rock. The ROBO product of that name, however, has just been rebranded by Riverbed as SteelFusion, nominally tying it into Riverbed's Steelhead WAN optimiser products. The Granite product was pitched at removing servers from remote and branch offices and replacing them with a fast pipe to a central office …
Chris Mellor, 16 Apr 2014

Riverbed: We don't want your steenkin' $3.1 BEELLION

Jerry Kenelly's Riverbed board has declined billionaire activist investor Paul Singer's Elliott Management's unsolicited bid for Riverbed. A Riverbed statement said: "After consideration with independent legal and financial advisors, [the firm] has unanimously determined not to pursue the unsolicited proposal from Elliott …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jan 2014

WAN-furtling pays off for app-happy Riverbed

There were contrasting results yesterday from Riverbed, which has a spring in its step, and Imation, which does not, but hopes to have, eventually. Riverbed's first 2014 quarter showed revenues of $265m, 8 per cent higher than a year ago. Profits of $3.3m were low, just 1.2 per cent of the revenues, but they were a welcome about …
Chris Mellor, 01 May 2014

Aryaka vs. Riverbed FUD-fight fires up again

Cloud network startup Aryaka has accused WAN optimisation veteran Riverbed of dissing it in a competitive intelligence document, and is firing back with an equipment buyback program for new customers. The program is based on heavy discounts to Riverbed Steelhead users, which Aryaka says will be based on the “remaining value” of …
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Indecent proposal: Hedge fund makes 'unsolicited' bid for Riverbed

An unwanted bid to take over WAN optimiser Riverbed for $3.1bn has been mounted by hedge fund Elliott Associates. Reg readers may be aware of Elliott from its activist, management-agitating attacks against incumbent management at Emulex, Compuware, Brocade and NetApp. Elliott, run by billionaire Paul Singer, looks for companies …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2014

Riverbed: Market for optimising WAN is pale, sick. Let's switch to LiC

Bare WAN optimisation is becoming a shrink-wrap product strategy, with little growth forecast, so Riverbed is grouping its associated products into a higher-growth market which it estimates is worth about $11bn: remote application access and management. It has branded its new remote app optimising product "Location-independent …
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2013
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Joyent turns cloud into a Riverbed content-delivery network

Midsize cloud Joyent has partnered with network appliance vendor Riverbed to create a "Content Delivery Cloud" to give developers on a budget a way to push data closer to users and reduce load times. The Riverbed Stingray & Joyent Content Delivery Cloud service was announced by Joyent on Monday, and it lets the company's four …
Jack Clark, 17 Sep 2013
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Swollen-bellied Riverbed spears trout of doubt: Opnet buyout blues over

Riverbed, the WAN optimising and cloud storage gateway biz, has announced a sparkling new Steelhead appliance and pretty shiny results as it recovers from digesting an acquisition. Which first? Let’s go for the revenues and earnings. Fourth quarter 2013 revenues were $283m – satisfying growth compared to revenues of $262m in the …
Chris Mellor, 18 Feb 2014
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CA follows the Riverbed, hopes to find cloudy Amazon mainframe gold

In a smart bit of niche identification and gap-filling, stuffy old CA Technologies is getting mainframe backup data to Amazon's cloud by going through Riverbed. With such a nifty move anybody would think CA has new management. Guess what? It has, with new CEO Michael Gregoire spurring the company on to do better. Start out with …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2013
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Whiting drags himself out of Riverbed, moves to head up global Fusion-io's sales team

Flash furtler Fusion-io has a new sales boss, Ian Whiting, who replaces the retiring company's chief sales officer, Jim Dawson. Whiting comes to Fusion-io from Riverbed, where he was the senior veep for Americas sales and, before that, Brocade, where he was SVP worldwide sales until ex-CEO Michael Klayko took over the job …
Chris Mellor, 03 Dec 2013

Riverbed to slurp Opnet for cool $1 billion

Network gear manufacturer Riverbed Technology is about to slurp software firm Opnet Technologies for a cool $1bn. Opnet's software manages traffic on networks, an area of the industry that has held steadier than orders for network hardware. Like everyone else in the world, telcos are tightening their belts and waiting for the …

Brocade's former $2bn sales boss joins Riverbed

Brocade's recently departed worldwide sales boss Ian Whiting has popped up at Riverbed as its senior vice president for sales in the Americas region. Riverbed sells Steelhead wide area network transit optimisation products as well as WhiteWater cloud storage gateway products. Whiting's job is to grow revenue and profitability, …
Chris Mellor, 25 Sep 2012
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Riverbed flows faster with refreshed cloudy Whitewater gateways

Network-polishing tech firm Riverbed is still honking away at its great Glacier front end story, with three new Whitewater cloud storage backup appliances and an operating system upgrade to WWOS v3.0. Cloud Storage gateways are local converged server and storage appliances that provide a dedicated on-ramp to the cloud. This ramp …
Chris Mellor, 20 Sep 2013

Riverbed rolling script language and SDK everywhere

Riverbed Technologies has announced its intention to open up its APIs and make its kit more consistently scriptable across all devices. The announcement today of FlyScript is as much the launch of a strategy as a finished product, but Riverbed sees it as an important move in two ways: ultimately, FlyScript will support the …

Ride Riverbed's Whitewater all the way to Glacier

Use Riverbed's Whitewater gateway product to send your data centre's cold but still wanted data up into Amazon's glacial archive storage vaults where entry is cheap, stays long, and restores cheap as chips unless you get lost in Amazon's pricing jungle. Riverbed has its Whitewater cloud storage gateway product which squirts data …
Chris Mellor, 21 Feb 2013
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Riverbed joins OpenStack gang

Riverbed has become the latest vendor to take formal membership of the OpenStack community. The move is hardly surprising, since earlier this month Riverbed announced that its Whitewater appliances were being extended to include OpenStack and Azure clouds. Announcing its decision to join OpenStack, Riverbed said its focus will …

Riverbed could snap up failed WAN optimiser for $10m

Riverbed is reportedly looking to pick up failed WAN optimiser Expand Networks for $10m, a pittance. Expand went into receivership in Israel in October 2011. It had been operating for 13 years and had benefitted from $100m funding, developing products that speeded up access from remote sites to a data centre's servers. In 2010, …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jan 2012
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Riverbed sucks in more data for cloud gateway deluge

Riverbed has quadrupled the amount of data its Whitewater appliance can store in the cloud, and is gulping it in faster. Whitewater is a cloud storage gateway, a box that sits at the logical edge of a data centre and sends data to either private or public storage clouds. Supported private clouds use EMC Atmos or OpenStack …
Chris Mellor, 10 Sep 2012

Riverbed Cascade appliances peek into VDI, SDN, CIFS

Riverbed Technology's Cascade network monitoring appliances, which come in physical and virtual form, have been flying a bit blind on virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and software-defined networks (SDN), but with the Cascade 10.0 software stack, the network busybody is being tweaked so it can peer inside of the protocols …
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Riverbed plunks ESXi hypervisor in Steelhead WAN optimizers

Riverbed Technology's Steelhead WAN optimization appliances are growing up to be proper server citizens now that they can run VMware's ESXi bare-metal hypervisor. Riverbed is also kicking out two new Steelhead CX appliances and upgrading its RIOS operating system with some nips and tucks to help it do a better job of optimizing …
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Riverbed virtualizes Cascade network monitor appliance

Riverbed Technology upgraded a whole bunch of its appliances this week, including its Cascade Shark network-monitoring products and its Steelhead WAN optimizers. El Reg covered the updates to the Steelhead appliances here, and now we'll tell you about Cascade Shark. The Cascade hardware appliances are high-end network …
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Riverbed extends archiving to Azure, OpenStack clouds

Riverbed is stretching its Whitewater appliances – which automatically back up data to online storage clouds – to cover more clouds, and increasing the number of programs on servers that can feed data to them. The Whitewater appliances were initially launched to archive data using IBM's Tivoli Backup Recovery Media Services ( …
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Riverbed lobs Granite at offices, WIPES OUT remote servers

Riverbed says customers can dispense completely with servers in remote and branch offices by using Granite technology layered on its Steelhead-based WAN optimisation – and so deliver all IT services to remote offices as if they were local. Riverbed describes its technology as Edge VSI (Virtual Services Infrastructure); WAN …
Chris Mellor, 02 Feb 2012
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Riverbed speeds backups to Nirvanix storage cloud

Riverbed has beefed up its Whitewater appliance – a device designed to automatically back data up to online storage services – adding hooks for the Nirvanix "cloud storage" service and support for backup software from EMC, Quest, and CA. Dubbed a "cloud storage accelerator", Whitewater is an appliance that sits in your data …
Cade Metz, 05 Apr 2011
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Riverbed lets loose Stingray virty appliances

In the wake of its acquisitions of Zeus Technology and Aptimize back in July, WAN optimization appliance maker Riverbed Technology has tweaked three software appliances for speeding up and securing cloudy applications to complement its Steelhead appliances. The new Stingray products are being synchronized to the 8.0 release and …

Riverbed removes steel from WAN juicing Steelhead

Riverbed has released a version of its Steelhead WAN optimization appliance that isn't an appliance. You might say it's a Steelhead without the steel. Yes, it's a Virtual Steelhead, and the company tells us it's meant for offices that just don't have room for a (real) appliance, data centers that have already virtualized …
Cade Metz, 23 Jul 2010

Akamai, Riverbed join forces to juice clouds

There's gold in them thar clouds – which is why Akamai Technologies and its global content-delivery network, and Riverbed Technology, the top dog in the WAN-optimization appliance racket, are teaming up to converge their respective products into a cloud optimizer, hoping to snag some of that cloudy gelt by accelerating …

Riverbed pumps up software with Zeus, Aptimize buys

WAN optimization appliance maker Riverbed Technology turned in a very good second quarter yesterday and decided to blow some of its cash hoard buying two companies to pump up the applications that run on its Steelhead and other appliances. The first company that Riverbed is snapping up is Zeus Technology, the maker of traffic …

Gazing at the future: Taking a look at two $20m storage upstarts

Comment Startups Jut and CoreOS are each funded to the tune of twenty million dollars but spend their money differently, inhabiting different geographies in Silicon Valley's mental landscape. Both are based in the valley's new centre of startup gravity, San Francisco, where office rents are going up to – and beyond – $63 per square …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jul 2015
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Get ready for the El Reg Storage Winners-n-Losers super chart

A look at four years' worth of storage supplier revenues shows us which suppliers are winning, losing or standing still. The chart shows annual revenues for storage suppliers, or the storage business of larger suppliers, insofar as it can be identified, from 2010 to 2014. All_Storage_supplier_revenues It's crude as suppliers …
Chris Mellor, 17 Feb 2015

Shouty investor Elliott looms over software veteran Informatica

+Comment Elliott Management, the activist investor with its hooks into EMC, appears to have settled on Informatica as its next likely target for shareholder gains glory. It's the usual deal of building a holding (eight per cent in this case), analysing the company's business, speaking to the board, and then writing a letter to management …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jan 2015
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Riverbed slips McAfee firewall into WAN optimizers

Riverbed Technology, which leads the WAN optimization appliance market in terms of customer count and installed base, has teamed up with security software and hardware appliance maker McAfee to load the latter's enterprise-grade firewall onto the its WAN appliances. The Steelhead appliances are - like a lot of servers, storage …

NetApp's glass-house-stone-throwing exercise

Comment Innovation, eh. Don't we all love it? But what is it? This thought was spurred by reading a blog by NetApp's Matt Watts, UK-based director for technology and strategy, in which he criticized Pure Storage for not being innovative. Pure started with a good product ... but from that initial product how much incremental …
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2015

Citrix decides to share its WAN optimisation with the world

Citrix has sold WAN optimisation kit for ages, but hasn't pushed its HDX technology far beyond its base of application and desktop virtualisation users. Until today, when it shoved the newly-badged “CloudBridgeVirtual WAN” into the sunlight. Citrix's schtick is that branch offices don't (always) need expensive connectivity: …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Apr 2015

NetApp name-changes SteelStore to AltaVault

NetApp's marketing droids have renamed its acquired SteelStore product AltaVault, showing obeisance at the high altar of cloud storage. The Sunnyvale company bought SteelStore from Riverbed for $80m in October last year, before it was gobbled up by private equity. The product provided cloud back-up gateway functionality with a …
Chris Mellor, 28 May 2015

Riverbed speeds app and backup cloud access

Network optimisation supplier Riverbed has introduced products to speed client access to applications in the cloud and to speed cloud backup and restore operations. Riverbed's Steelhead appliances sit either side of a wide area network (WAN) link and speed remote office client access to applications and data in a central data …
Chris Mellor, 11 Nov 2010
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NetApp to put Amazon’s cloud ONTAP for thirsty customers

NetApp is continuing its strategy of trying to get ONTAP more integrated with Amazon's storage cloud by having it manage data in Cumulo Amazonius, and back up data to said cloud with the recently acquired SteelStore product. Cloud ONTAP is the latest ONTAP iteration, and is a software-only storage appliance built on the NetApp …
Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2014

NetApp shows hybrid love, revamps products for Amazon's cloud

NetApp is cosying up even more to Amazon in pursuit of its hybrid cloud data fabric ideas. What it’s doing is this: Adding three SteelStore cloud-native backup products as Amazon Machine Images (AMI) to backup cloud-based workloads, taking on EMC'S newly acquired cloud app firm Spanning. On-premises SteelStore physical …
Chris Mellor, 25 Feb 2015
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Reg Oz chaps plot deep desert comms upgrade

It's been a while since The Reg travelled to the remote Australian community of Willowra to perform a Windows XP upgrade, and longer still since we updated readers on our plan to improve the internet connection in the town's adult learning centre. We'd like to fix the internet problem because the Wirliyatjarrayi Learning Centre …
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Riverbed settles de-dupe tech dispute

Riverbed and Quantum have settled their legal dispute over patented de-duplication technology, with the former coughing up $11m to release itself from all claims. Both companies have cancelled their legal assaults on each other. Riverbed uses de-duplication technology in its Steelhead WAN acceleration products, so as to pump …
Chris Mellor, 02 Oct 2008

Prelude to Foundation: Startup FDS builds next silo-melding platform

What we need is an all-singing, all-dancing, virtualising storage foundation that is software-defined, crafted for hyper-scale, offers file, block and object access and embraces the cloud. Yeah baby! What we need is what startup Formation Data Systems is developing: Foundation XV. Co-founder and CEO Mark Lewis has blogged: I …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jun 2015

Pure Storage shoves channel growth ahead of IPO dream bid

All-flash array start-up and IPO’er-in-waiting (we think) Pure Storage has got itself a new channel programme and two channel-focused exec hires, to get partners selling more tier-1 storage replacing Pure product. It is implementing a two-tier pan-regional distribution model, an expanded technology alliance ecosystem for …
Chris Mellor, 16 Apr 2015
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Riverbed dives into certification territory

WAN optimiser Riverbed Technology has signed an IT professional certification program deal with testing provider Pearson VUE. The Riverbed Certified Solutions Professional (RCSP) exam is aimed at users of the firm's Riverbed Optimisation System (RiOS) wide area network software platform. Individuals that pass the exam will be …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Jul 2007

Avere: Cloud storage needs caching too. Why? Because latency...

Comment Avere has a software-only cloud storage gateway that runs in Amazon's compute cloud (ECC) and feeds its compute instances faster with data from storage clouds or on-premises storage arrays. At first glance, this seems decidedly odd. Why would you need a cloud storage gateway, a thing that relies on data caching locally to avoid …
Chris Mellor, 07 Nov 2014