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Riverbed offers free gateway to the cloud, for one month

Companies are offering a number of deals to lure customers to the cloud, the most popular is bargain-basement price cuts on per-gigabyte storage. Riverbed Technology has joined in with a slightly different take. Riverbed is offering a virtual version of its SteelStore appliance, formerly known as Whitewater, with up to 8 TB of storage for six months but you have to sign up over the next month.

The deal started on Sept. 9 and runs through Oct. 9. The SteelStore appliance is bundled with the 8 TB of storage and six months of Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) for backup and archiving.

When customers reach the 8 TB limit, they will have to upgrade and purchase and license one of Riverbed’s eight other physical or virtual appliances. Riverbed supports up to 95% of the cloud providers in the market but this deal is strictly tied to Amazon’s cloud.

“The idea is to give customers a kick start in cloud storage,” said Rachel Dines, Riverbed’s senior product marketing manager. “We wanted to give customers a way to dip their toes in cloud storage.”

This deal is only being offering in the United States and Canada. Customers can download a link from Riverbed’s website   for the SteelStore virtual appliance and get the promotional code to connect to Amazon S3 storage. Dines said they are targeting small and medium-sized enterprises and only one appliance is being offered per customer.

SteelStore uses compression, de-duplication, network acceleration and encryption to increase performance and secure data moving to and from the cloud.

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