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CloudSwitch Partners With Riverbed to Deliver Optimized Hybrid Cloud Deployments

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CloudSwitch announced support for the Riverbed® Cloud Steelhead™ solution, enabling joint customers to optimize their enterprise network connectivity to the cloud. The joint solution addresses customer requests for improved performance, ease of deployment, full configurability, security and control in the cloud. With CloudSwitch and Riverbed, enterprises with existing investments in data center and private cloud infrastructure can now:

  • Launch Cloud Steelhead in the Amazon EC2 and Terremark clouds with point-and-click simplicity
  • Automatically integrate Cloud Steelhead with on-premise Riverbed infrastructure for optimized network performance regardless of a customer’s network architecture
  • Ensure full isolation and encryption of all applications, networks and data in the cloud

The award-winning CloudSwitch Enterprise is a downloadable software appliance that installs easily into VMware and Xen environments. Built on CloudSwitch’s patent-pending Cloud Isolation Technology™, CloudSwitch software bridges the enterprise data center with cloud computing services, extending enterprise security and control into the cloud. With CloudSwitch, applications remain tightly integrated with enterprise data center tools and policies, and are managed as if they were running locally. CloudSwitch eliminates the engineering efforts and changes to applications, networking and management tools that were previously required to use the cloud, protecting customers from cloud vendor lock-in.

"Our customers and prospects have prioritized requirements for optimized network performance as they launch and scale their cloud initiatives," said John McEleney, CEO at CloudSwitch. "Many of our customers have already invested in Riverbed infrastructure in their data centers, and want to extend these trusted resources into the cloud. We’re pleased to offer the best of both worlds, a cloud gateway with in-path support for the market-leading WAN optimization of Riverbed Cloud Steelhead, so customers can realize the full benefits of cloud agility and cost-effectiveness."

Cloud Steelhead transforms the public cloud into an extension of the data center by eliminating the performance barriers, such as latency and bandwidth constraints, to enterprise-class public cloud deployments. Cloud Steelhead combines the speed and simplicity of a Steelhead® appliance, the elasticity and subscription pricing model of the public cloud, and cloud intelligent features like transparent interception and a portal-based management system to enable organizations to easily install and scale within public cloud environments.

"Working closely with our customers and partners, we’ve learned how important WAN optimization is for their cloud strategies. Whether customers are looking to deploy public cloud or hybrid cloud solutions, with Cloud Steelhead, CloudSwitch customers are able to accelerate access to the business critical applications and data that reside in the cloud, while ensuring optimal performance for end users," said Venugopal Pai, vice president, global alliances at Riverbed.

On May 4, 2011, CloudSwitch and Riverbed will present a live webinar, "Optimizing Your WAN Connectivity for Hybrid Cloud Deployments," to discuss the joint solution and its benefits for customers. The presentation will include an architecture overview, customer use cases and a live product demo. Please visit our website to register or learn more.

Scaling Cloud Deployments
As customers design and scale their cloud deployments, they have recognized the importance of WAN optimization for enhanced performance and reduced total cost of ownership in the cloud. As part of the partnership, Riverbed solutions enable CloudSwitch customers to optimize their network performance for file access, data movement and application connectivity between cloud resources and internal data centers or private clouds. In addition, customers can dramatically improve cost-effectiveness by reducing investments in network bandwidth required for cloud initiatives.

To address customer requirements for WAN optimization, CloudSwitch has added support for the Cloud Steelhead appliance, including:

  • Point-and-click deployment of Cloud Steelhead in-path with cloud resources
  • Simplified configuration of Cloud Steelhead with automatic peering and no client agents
  • Full disk encryption of data in transit and at rest
  • Isolation of key management with enterprise control
  • Full network encryption between data center and cloud, and within the cloud
  • Automatic extension of enterprise network topologies into the cloud, with no modification

Availability
CloudSwitch support for the Riverbed Cloud Steelhead appliance is available now for testing. To learn more, please attend the live webinar, read about our joint solution, or contact us at (866) 578-6127 or info@cloudswitch.com.

About CloudSwitch
CloudSwitch delivers the enterprise gateway to the cloud. CloudSwitch’s innovative software appliance enables enterprises to run their applications in the right cloud computing environment — securely, simply and without changes. With CloudSwitch, applications remain tightly integrated with enterprise data center tools and policies, and can be moved easily between different cloud environments and back into the data center based on the requirements of the business. Backed by Matrix Partners, Atlas Ventures and Commonwealth Capital Ventures, CloudSwitch is based in Burlington, MA and is led by seasoned entrepreneurs from BMC, EMC, Netezza, RSA, SolidWorks and Sun Microsystems. For more information about CloudSwitch, please visit us at www.cloudswitch.com and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cloudswitchcom .

 

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