Riverbed Technology has announced that its wide area network (WAN) optimisation solutions have been verified by Brocade Communications Systems as compatible with the Brocade 7500/FR4-18i Blade, according to the testing requirements of the Brocade Data Centre Ready programme.

The programme is an initiative designed to foster interoperability in multi-vendor Brocade-based data centre environments.
Testing was conducted at the Brocade Data Centre Ready labs, which are state-of-the-art facilities supporting end-to-end interoperability and performance testing of SAN products in multi-vendor and large fabric environments.  The Brocade Data Centre Ready programme boasts an impressive group of members joining the programme since its launch in 2000.
Enterprises leverage Riverbed WAN optimisation to speed the performance of applications between remote offices, private data centres and mobile workers. Riverbed Steelhead products enable companies to consolidate IT, improve backup and replication processes to ensure data integrity, and improve staff productivity and collaboration. By removing a huge amount of repetitive data from the WAN during disaster recovery (DR) operations, enterprises can dramatically reduce bandwidth requirements, enabling them to protect more data, more quickly. Thousands of enterprises already use Riverbed WAN optimisation solutions to accelerate applications and to save bandwidth – and many of them have also deployed the solutions to enable faster data protection, thereby reducing their recovery time objectives (RTO) and recovery point objectives (RPO).
“We’ve worked closely with Brocade on product testing to ensure interoperability and simplified product integration that will provide our customers with increased performance. This can significantly reduce the need to upgrade bandwidth – allowing companies to make their current infrastructure more efficient,” says Christo Briedenhann, country manager: Africa at Riverbed. “Through ongoing partner engagement and product development we’re continuing to create solutions that address the challenges enterprises encounter during DR operations.”
“We are pleased that Riverbed’s successful completion of the Data Centre Ready programme certifies its Steelhead appliance’s interoperability with the Brocade 7500/FR4-18i Blade,” says Patric Chang, director of Strategic Alliances at Brocade. “As storage area networks are being deployed worldwide at a rapid rate, customers now have the added confidence that these technologies can be utilised where appropriate as part of scalable, high-performance networking environments.”
The Brocade Data Centre Ready Programme is a comprehensive testing and configuration initiative designed to foster end-to-end SAN interoperability. As part of the programme, testing is conducted in SAN configurations that include a heterogeneous mix of servers, storage systems, Brocade switches, SAN management and enterprise applications, and other SAN technologies. Brocade has created an interoperability lab featuring a heterogeneous SAN fabric, in which the company tests and validates partner equipment in specific configurations. Vendors receive a Brocade Data Centre Ready qualification after completing tests to confirm that vendors’ products meet interoperability guidelines. For more information, visit http://www.brocade.com/partnerships/index.page.