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Riverbed Data protection software
Solutions for RecoverPoint, SnapMirror, NetBackup, Backup Exec, Veeam, and more

We help you improve the performance of your data protection software. Accelerate storage replication software, such as NetApp SnapMirror and EMC RecoverPoint, and backup software, such as Symantec Backup Exec over wide-area networks (WANs) through L7 specific and TCP optimizations. Reduce bandwidth consumed by backup and replication traffic up to 65-95%.

You can apply intelligent optimization to storage replication software of NetApp SnapMirror and EMC SRDF to enhance the performance and control of business critical data replication processes end-to-end across the WAN. Monitor replication software and backup process to ensure their effectiveness and disaster recovery readiness.


Your data is growing rapidly, making it difficult to achieve your recovery point objectives (RPOs) and recovery time objectives (RTOs). Driving throughput on replication traffic over a wide-area network (WAN) is affected by latency and packet loss, slowing down backup replication jobs.

Our solutions speed up data backup and replications, and reduce the amount of data traveling across the WAN between the data center and branch offices, helping organizations meet their RPO and RTO objectives. Our data center-to-data center WAN optimization enables businesses to transfer and protect more data more often with less risk and cost. With Riverbed you can experience up to 60x faster performance of data replication workloads while simultaneously reducing your bandwidth requirements by up to 99%.

The result: meet RPO and RTO objectives to DR data centers or the cloud.


Not all data are equally business critical. That’s why Riverbed WAN optimization solutions support storage intelligent optimization for NetApp SnapMirror and EMC SRDF that provide IT teams enhanced control of replication processes.  Organizations can get detailed insights into each storage volume and prioritize replication for the most important data sets while avoiding taxing resources on processing data that will see little benefit.

Combined with previous optimizations for replication, data protection goals can be more easily met across the enterprise. With integrated Quality of Service (QoS), and Path Selection, Riverbed SteelHead WAN optimization also provides IT organizations with the ability to control network consumption, prioritizing mission-critical and latency-sensitive applications, while minimizing utilization by recreational traffic.

The result: streamlined backup processes that align with business priorities.


Your data protection software is part of a complex IT environment, sharing network resources with mission-critical applications. Troubleshooting a problem that is caused by or affecting data protection operations needs to have a holistic view of the environment to recognize the interdependencies and patterns. Our solutions provide an end-to-end view of the network, with analytics that recognize patterns like normal backup windows, alerting IT staff to anomolies.

The result: faster detection and troubleshooting of performance issues involving your data protection software.

Works With

Virtually any data protection software

Riverbed accelerates data protection software performance across the WAN allowing you to replicate more data, more often. Our cloud storage gateway integrates with over 85% of the data protection software in use today. A few specific examples of data protection software, with more details about how we can help, include:

EMC SRDF/A, EMC RecoverPoint and EMC Isilon

EMC’s Symmetrix Remote Data Facility/Asynchronous (SRDF/A) provides a long distance disaster recovery solution often used to protect the most vital informational assets in enterprises. In order to maintain the high end-to-end throughput requirements and stringent RPO/RTO targets necessary to protect such assets, the WAN infrastructure is a critical element of the solution. Riverbed solutions ensure improved and consistent SRDF/A performance over WAN while reducing bandwidth utilization through data de-duplication and compression.  In addition, Riverbed delivers enhanced storage-granular visibility and control of SRDF/A end-to-end across the WAN to further accelerate performance, reduce troubleshooting and improve business planning.

EMC RecoverPoint enables enterprises to centralize and simplify their data protection management, providing both local continuous data protection and remote replication. The WAN infrastructure is a critical element of any replication solution, and Riverbed solutions are optimized for EMC RecoverPoint.

EMC Isilon Scale-Out NAS storage solutions enable the consolidation of disparate pools of storage into a single highly reliable and scalable storage system. To guarantee the availability of mission critical data, EMC Isilon also provides a host of backup and recovery solutions designed to meet the organization’s business continuance requirements. The combination of the scalability of EMC Isilon Scale-Out NAS storage solutions with Riverbed WAN acceleration provides the means to maintain an always-on architecture giving remotes users fast access to centralized storage.

NetApp SnapMirror

To provide maximum protection and ease of management, many enterprises choose to perform SnapMirror operations across the wide-area network. However, WAN performance can be slow and unreliable when subjected to high latency, packet-loss and limited bandwidth. SteelHead improves the performance of SnapMirror up to 60x and reduces bandwidth utilization by up to 99%.  In addition, Riverbed provides enhanced storage-granular visibility and control of SnapMirror processes with volume-granular network QoS and volume-selective optimization policies and pre-volume performance monitoring.


Riverbed SteelFusion solution enables users and applications in branch office locations to write to and access centrally managed storage logical unit numbers (LUNs), while maintaining local disk performance. With Granite, VMware ESX and ESXi servers running in the branch offices can access the remote LUNs as if they were local. Virtual machines that are hosted on SteelFusion LUNs can be protected using VMware's API for Data Protection (VADP).

Hyper-V Replica

Hyper-V Replica provides the ability to perform asynchronous and frequent replication of virtual machines to another server running Windows Server 2012 with the Hyper-V role installed. Because virtual machines can be quite large and servers can be connected over WANs or constrained network paths, a WAN optimization solution will provide substantial benefits in bandwidth reduction without requiring specialized configuration on the server or the devices.

Amazon Glacier

Since the release of the Amazon Glacier cloud storage service, Riverbed SteelStore™ cloud storage gateway has been very effective at enabling enterprises to leverage the 1c per GB per month pricing offered by Glacier.

Bacula backup solution

Bacula is an open source, certified enterprise-class scalable network backup solution that serves as a realistic alternative to proprietary offerings. Riverbed SteelStore™ appliances act as a storage device within a backup infrastructure managed by Bacula, enabling organizations to eliminate their reliance on tape infrastructure and all of its associated capital and operational costs, while improving backup windows and disaster recovery capabilities.


Riverbed SteelHead appliances reduce the time to transfer NetBackup for Windows Server data by a factor of 3.5 times for backup and 7.6 times for restore while first pass bandwidth consumption was reduced by up to 95%.


Riverbed cloud storage gateway deduplicates across all Veeam backup jobs to shrink data set sizes from10 to 30x on average — delivering substantial cloud storage cost savings.

CommVault Simpana

Riverbed WAN optimization allows enterprises to cut CommVault Galaxy traffic on the WAN by as much as 93%, allowing organizations to save on bandwidth costs while still completing backup jobs within the allocated windows. Riverbed cloud storage gateway allow to use CommVault Simpana backup solution to offsite backup data to service provider clouds such as Amazon S3, AT&T Synaptic Storage as a Service, EMC Atmos, Rackspace Cloud Files, Nirvanix Cloud Storage Network or Windows AzurePerformance brief.

Our Products and Services

SteelHead™ for data center-to-data center data replication

Eliminate the performance bottlenecks inherent in wide area networks (high latency, limited bandwidth, congestion and/or packet loss) with Riverbed SteelHead WAN optimization solutions that accelerate replication traffic, improving recovery point objectives (RPO) and recovery time objectives (RTO). With storage intelligent optimization for NetApp SnapMirror and EMC SRDF, IT organizations can efficiently prioritize and deliver data replication to ensure business continuity and rapid disaster recovery of critical data.

SteelStore™ for cloud backups

Deliver fast recovery without the need for a DR site. Riverbed SteelStore™ cloud storage appliance allows you to reduce up to 80% of data protection cost. Reduce storage requirements by up to 30 times, thanks to variable segment length, in-line deduplication, and compression technologies.

SteelFusion™ for branch backup consolidation

Consolidate all storage to the central data center and let data center IT personnel manage backup for all data. SteelFusion will keep your data out of high-risk locations and encrypt it while it's in flight between branch office and data center. With SteelFusion, you can instantly restore your branch office if disaster strikes.

SteelCentral™ for WAN Optimization Monitoring and QoS Analysis

Understand and manage network infrastructure dependencies for business continuity planning. Riverbed network performance management solutions let you plan and monitor network environments end-to-end. Granular visibility and analytics accelerate the troubleshooting process to improve application uptime.