Riverbed Acquires Global Protocols to Strengthen Satellite Network Offering
With Global Protocols' SkipWare, Riverbed can offer Steelhead appliances to government agencies relying on satellite networks.Riverbed Technology acquired government service provider Global Protocols, strengthening its optimization portfolio for satellite networks, the company said. The acquisition was announced and closed on Nov. 9. Riverbed declined to divulge any financial specifics for the deal.
Riverbed partnered with Global Protocols in 2008 to provide government organizations a joint offering based on the Riverbed Steelhead appliance and Global Protocols' SkipWare technology to "speed up access to mission-critical data over WAN," according to Riverbed CEO Jerry Kennelly.
Riverbed currently offers SkipWare under the Riverbed Services Platform as part of the two-year partnership with Global Protocols. The platform is a virtualized environment hosting third-party applications on Riverbed's Steelhead appliances. Riverbed will continue to offer the SkipWare technology from Global Protocols on the Riverbed Services Platform, said Paul O'Farrell, vice-president of the Corporate Development and Strategy group at Riverbed to eWEEK. "Over time we expect the SkipWare functionality to be more fully integrated into RiOS," said O'Farrell. The Riverbed Steelhead appliance speeds up application performance between remote offices, private data centers and mobile workers, allowing organizations to improve backup and replication processes to ensure data integrity, according to Riverbed. The appliances speed up applications by five to 50 times, and in some cases up to 100 times, existing performance, claimed Riverbed. The company rolled out a virtual Steelhead appliance a few months ago to tap into ruggedized military environments, first-responder emergency situations and remote facilities. The virtual appliance also has access to the applications on the Riverbed Services Platform. This is Riverbed's second acquisition in less than a month. Riverbed acquired Cace Technologies in October to add high-speed packet capture, visualization and analysis tools to its Cascade network and application visibility appliances. With the Cace acquisition, Riverbed expanded into the application-aware network performance management market. The engineering team from Global Protocols will be "incorporated" into the "core Steelhead product group" at Riverbed, said O'Farrell. All sixteen Global Protocols employees are expected to be retained by Riverbed, he added. With the acquisition, Riverbed will be able to "extend its reach" to a wider range of organizations depending on satellite for business-critical applications, the company said.