WAN Optimization Appliances support virtual desktop systems.

Press Release Summary:

Riverbed® Steelhead® WAN optimization solutions enable organizations to maximize use of virtual desktop deployments by optimizing traffic for systems including Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop, VMware View, Microsoft RDP, and RemoteFX. Products simplify configuration for Citrix optimizations and help users deploy and manage accelerated Citrix environments. Appliances also enable users to control virtual desktop streams and prioritize latency-sensitive traffic without over-provisioning bandwidth.

Original Press Release:

Riverbed Delivers Enhanced Support for Citrix XenDesktop Virtual Desktop Solutions

WAN Optimization Solution Delivers Expanded Coverage for Virtual Desktop Environments; Dramatically Improves Application Performance and Response Times

Dubai, UAE - Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the IT performance company, today announced that its award-winning Riverbed® Steelhead® wide area network (WAN) optimization solutions now provide enhanced support for Citrix XenDesktop virtual desktop solutions. With this announcement, Riverbed builds on its industry-leading abilities to accelerate and control the broadest range of virtual desktop environments over the WAN. Customers who deploy Steelhead products in a virtual desktop environment are able to overcome the WAN performance issues that bottleneck the most popular virtual desktop deployments, significantly enhancing virtual desktop end-user productivity and helping speed the adoption of virtual desktop infrastructure.

Many organizations are turning to desktop virtualization to centralize critical data and deliver IT resources more efficiently. However, WAN constraints such as latency, limited bandwidth, and an inability to prioritize interactive traffic can cause virtual desktop performance to slow to a crawl, causing noticeable delays in mouse movements and keyboard inputs. As a result, user productivity suffers. The Riverbed Steelhead product family helps organizations get the most out of their virtual desktop deployments by optimizing traffic for a full range of solutions including Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop, VMware View and Microsoft RDP and RemoteFX, enabling Riverbed customers to overcome the performance barriers to delivering desktop virtualization over the WAN.

"Steelhead solutions now optimize an even wider array of virtual desktop traffic from the major virtual desktop infrastructure providers - Citrix, VMware and Microsoft - while continuing to provide customers with superior performance for all of the applications they rely upon to do business," said Apurva Davé, vice president of Product Marketing, at Riverbed. "Riverbed gives customers the flexibility to choose any virtual desktop infrastructure platform that fits their needs and feel confident that they will benefit from the proven performance benefits provided by our market-leading acceleration solutions."

Enhanced Optimization for Citrix Virtual Desktop Environments

With this release, Riverbed delivers enhanced optimization for Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp, offering up to 60 percent bandwidth reduction when compared to uncompressed Citrix traffic, ensuring that customers can support more virtual desktop users without incurring additional bandwidth costs. The Riverbed solution also offers simplified configuration for Citrix optimizations, enabling customers to easily deploy and manage accelerated Citrix environments. Additionally, the fine-grained QoS controls available in the Riverbed Steelhead appliance enable customers to control virtual desktop streams and prioritize latency sensitive traffic without over provisioning bandwidth, which allows organizations to successfully deploy virtual desktops without adding bandwidth or impacting the performance of other applications running on the network.

More than 9,200 organizations worldwide, across a wide range of markets, depend on Riverbed to understand, optimize and consolidate their IT infrastructure. Riverbed delivers appliance-based and virtualized solutions that overcome performance issues caused by distance, distributed computing, and ever increasing amounts of data. Virtualization, consolidation and cloud computing promise huge cost savings and improved efficiencies, but as users move farther from their data, slow applications and file transfers can stall these strategic initiatives. Riverbed delivers to the remote office and mobile workers the same "local area network (LAN)-like" performance, no matter where the private data center or public cloud may be.

For additional information on Riverbed desktop virtualization solutions, please visit www.riverbed.com.

About Riverbed

Riverbed delivers performance for the globally connected enterprise. With Riverbed, enterprises can successfully and intelligently implement strategic initiatives such as virtualization, consolidation, cloud computing, and disaster recovery without fear of compromising performance. By giving enterprises the platform they need to understand, optimize and consolidate their IT, Riverbed helps enterprises to build a fast, fluid and dynamic IT architecture that aligns with the business needs of the organization. Additional information about Riverbed (NASDAQ: RVBD) is available at www.riverbed.com.

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