Riverbed advances partnership with Microsoft

Riverbed Technology, the leader in application performance infrastructure, has announced that it is one of the first partners to join the new Microsoft Azure Certified program.  In addition, Riverbed will now offer a Microsoft Azure-certified version of Riverbed® SteelHead™ CX for IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) clouds that can be deployed as an Azure virtual machine and managed by the Azure Management Portal. The combination of Riverbed SteelHead and Microsoft Azure allows customers to take advantage of the cost-savings and agility of the cloud, while optimising and accelerating the delivery of applications from Azure to business locations up to 33x faster, while using up to 97% less bandwidth.

“With the cloud gaining traction across a multitude of business functions, organisations need to run their applications in a hybrid environment and are turning to services like Azure,” said Paul O’Farrell, Senior Vice President and General Manager, SteelHead Products Group at Riverbed. “Regardless of where an application is hosted, it needs to perform to the satisfaction of the end-user. SteelHead’s optimisation and acceleration capabilities help deliver that ideal end-user experience, while enabling cost saving and higher productivity. We’re delighted to be among the first companies to kick off the program. Together Riverbed and Microsoft are delivering mission-critical applications across infrastructure-as-a-service faster than ever before.”

The Microsoft Azure Certified program makes it easy to find and deploy Azure-integrated solutions such as SteelHead. The first phase of this program is Microsoft Azure Certified for virtual machines and provides an onramp for Microsoft partners to take their applications to the cloud and integrate with the existing Azure customer base.

“Microsoft Azure is an end-to-end cloud platform for business and we’re excited to create an ecosystem for partners to expand their exposure to companies around the world who are taking advantage of the cloud transformation,” said Garth Fort, General Manager, Cloud and Enterprise Partner Marketing, Microsoft Corporation. “Eliminating the barriers between cloud development and operational management is critical. Riverbed is one of the first strategic partners to provide the cloud application performance infrastructure that improves the end user’s experience.”


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