Riverbed Technology' Steelhead appliances now enable enterprises to efficiently collaborate across VMware environments, while at the same time centralising and consolidating IT resources all without sacrificing application performance.

Joint Riverbed and VMware customers can now more efficiently replicate VMware environments to set up remote and branch offices backed by disaster recovery, all while experiencing performance improvements of up to 55x.
As a Premier Partner in the VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program, Riverbed is able to assure customers of interoperability between VMware's virtualisation solutions and Riverbed's Steelhead WDS products.
"VMware is a premier provider of virtualisation solutions, while Riverbed is the leader in WDS," says Eric Wolford, senior vice-president: marketing and business development at Riverbed. "Customers who deploy our solutions get additional economic benefits: ease of deployment and reduced cost of virtualised infrastructure in addition to the regular day-to-day performance benefits for remote users provided by Riverbeds WDS. And, with the release of Steelhead Mobile, we have the potential to extend deeper into virtualised environments."
Riverbed's WDS solutions enable organisations with more than one office to overcome a host of severe problems, including poor application performance and insufficient bandwidth at remote sites.
By speeding the performance of applications between distributed sites by five to 50 times and in some cases up to 100 times Riverbed improves backup and replication processes to ensure data integrity, and improves staff productivity and collaboration.
Steelhead appliances have been deployed in organisations ranging from the world's largest corporations with offices around the globe to small companies with a couple of sites that are just miles apart.