Riverbed offers SteelStore virtual edition free version for AWS

Riverbed Technology has announced the availability of free version of Riverbed SteelStore virtual edition for Amazon Web Services (AWS) along with 6 months of Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) at up to 8TB per month capacity.

The offer is available for customers who sign up between Sept. 9 and Oct. 9, 2014.

Riverbed SteelStore cloud-integrated storage appliances allow customers to back up business data to Amazon S3.  It enables customers to securely store data in the cloud at up to 90 percent less than traditional methods. SteelStore accelerates data protection by reducing data volumes by up to 30x and speeding data transport times by 4x.

According to Riverbed, SteelStore supports 95 percent of all cloud providers and customers are already protecting up to 130PB of data in the cloud today.

Once in Amazon S3, data is stored in AWS’s highly durable and available cloud storage service. High data durability standards allow customers to not only take advantage of the economics of cloud storage, but also dramatically improve business continuity and restore rates, the company said.

Riverbed SteelStore integrates with existing enterprise backup and archive software solutions allowing customers to extend existing backup, archive, and disaster recovery frameworks, eliminating the need for additional storage hardware and minimizing changes required to existing operational frameworks.

“AWS is pleased to deliver robust, secure, enterprise cloud services at the lowest possible cost,” said Terry Wise, head of Worldwide Partner Ecosystem, Amazon Web Services. “We are excited about this offering from Riverbed, which makes it even easier for customers to get started with Amazon S3 for enterprise storage, backup, archive, and disaster recovery.”

“With the enterprise transforming to a hybrid model, a mix of applications on-premises in private data centers and in the cloud, Riverbed is committed to enabling customers to embrace the next generation of cloud storage solutions,” said Katie Colbert, senior director strategic alliances, Riverbed.

The partnership with AWS will help customers get started with cloud storage by protecting critical workloads in the cloud, Colbert added.

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