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Riverbed in the wild - will HP go to market be big?

Could a Riverbed and HP partnership on a converged infrastructure platform be the next big thing for Riverbed?

The past couple of years have brought some interesting diversification to the Riverbed portfolio, and we continue to follow Riverbed closely.  Usually, I assume there is little from Riverbed that I'm not tracking and it is particularly notable when they surprise me.  Yesterday surprised me.

Riverbed over the past few years has moved from a highly specialized flavor of WAN Optimization, what we originally called WAFS, into an even comprehensive location abstraction of IT services.  They can effectively virtualize the location of an array of branch services today, allowing the business to keep consolidated and simplified services in their data center.  Such services today range from file to backup to VDI through products like Steelhead, Granite, and Whitewater, and these products can generally be physical or virtual.  

While Riverbed through acquisitions continues to move toward more comprehensive network services management that could someday turn into a comprehensive foundation beneath a wall-less software defined data center, a more tactical product caught my eye yesterday.

That product is a virtualized Steelhead installed on a blade in an HP MSR branch office box.  These MSR30 and MSR50 boxes from HP are converged multi-function devices that can be extended with a variety of modules that include compute blades.  

HP has the ability to move a lot of boxes.  If the HP field can understand this MSR box, and sell superior business value and the tremendous TCO advantages over traditional remote and branch office server infrastructure, then this could be something big.  The key will be helping the HP field understand the traditional Riverbed value and differentiation.  Could integration in HP channel be as big for RVBD in the mid-range as SRDF was in the enterprise?  The work is just beginning, and only time will tell.



  • Premiered: 02/26/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
Topic(s): RVBD Riverbed Steelhead Granite Cloud Branch Office VDI convergence HP Acceleration


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