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iDirect Government Technologies to Resell Riverbed Technology Products to Maximize Bandwidth Efficiencies and Increase Satellite Network Performance


May 2, 2011


iDirect Government Technologies (iGT) has entered into a third-party agreement with Riverbed Technology to resell its wide area network (WAN) optimization and network visibility solutions in U.S. government and military satellite networks. Riverbed products provide significant savings of satellite bandwidth, with a satellite-specific feature set that overcomes performance loss associated with latency. Riverbed WAN optimization solutions are a complementary technology to the iGT product set, creating a high-performance solution that meets the rigorous requirements of today’s government and military satellite networks.


iGT will resell Steelhead appliances that provide comprehensive cross-layer optimization, resulting in significant performance enhancements over the satellite WAN. Performance is further enhanced by Riverbed SkipWare technology. SkipWare overcomes the sources of performance loss common in satellite networking and complies with Department of Defense (DoD) standards for interoperability. Riverbed satellite solutions improve network operations over high-latency satellite channels.


“One of the biggest benefits to our customers is that right now, satellite bandwidth is a precious and scarce commodity,” said John Ratigan, President iGT. “So, for our military customers, these network optimization products combined with iGT’s already bandwidth efficient routers, will allow improved utilization of their existing bandwidth and allow our military customers to defer the expense of bandwidth upgrades. This partnership brings together two market leaders with complementary technologies that will result in enhanced benefits to the warfighter.”


“Satellite is one of the most high-impact markets for our technology, and we are accelerating warfighter data over satellite networks today,” said Bill Hartwell, general manager for Riverbed’s Federal Division. “Our partnership with iGT and the respected position they hold in the industry should allow us to further extend the benefits of Riverbed to this market.”