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Riverbed Extends From Wan Optimization To Global Storage Infrastructure: Enabling Next Generation...

Riverbed and Taneja Group have identified a critical emerging challenge that limits IT performance in highly distributed customer environments: costly, complex, and hardware-heavy branch offices. Riverbed customers report that they are struggling to achieve the same level of consolidation (and cost efficiency) in their branch offices that server and storage virtualization have enabled in their datacenters. So the WAN optimization pioneer has now turned its full attention to overcoming its customers’ top barriers to further branch office consolidation. The result is the new Steelhead EX + Granite, which extends the virtual edge of the data center, combining a true “branch-office box” virtualized hardware platform with a first-of-its-kind block storage technology.

Publish date: 02/03/12
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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?

  • Premiered: 02/26/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
Topic(s): RVBD Riverbed Steelhead Granite Cloud Branch Office VDI convergence HP Acceleration
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Converging Branch IT Infrastructure the Right Way: Riverbed SteelFusion

Companies with significant non-data center and often widely distributed IT infrastructure requirements are faced with many challenges. It can be difficult enough to manage tens or hundreds if not thousands of remote or branch office locations, but many of these can also be located in dirty or dangerous environments that are simply not suited for standard data center infrastructure. It is also hard if not impossible to forward deploy the necessary IT experience to manage any locally placed resources. The key challenge then, and one that can be competitively differentiating on cost alone, is to simplify branch IT as much as possible while supporting branch business.

Converged solutions have become widely popular in the data center, particularly in virtualized environments. By tightly integrating multiple functionalities into one package, there are fewer separate moving parts for IT to manage while at the same time optimizing capabilities based on tightly intimately integrating components. IT becomes more efficient and in many ways gains more control over the whole environment. In addition to obviously increasing IT simplicity there are many other cascading benefits. The converged infrastructure can perform better, is more resilient and available, and offers better security than separately assembled silos of components. And a big benefit is a drastically lowered TCO.

Yet for a number of reasons, data center convergence approaches haven’t translated as usefully to beneficial convergence in the branch. No matter how tightly integrated a “branch in a box” is, if it’s just an assemblage of the usual storage, server, and networking silo components it will still suffer from traditional branch infrastructure challenges – second-class performance, low reliability, high OPEX, and difficult to protect and recover. Branches have unique needs and data center infrastructure, converged or otherwise, isn’t designed to meet those needs. This is where Riverbed has pioneered a truly innovative converged infrastructure designed explicitly for the branch which provides simplified deployment and provisioning, resiliency in the face of network issues, improved protection and recovery from the central data center, optimization and acceleration for remote performance, and a greatly lowered OPEX.

In this paper we will review Riverbed’s SteelFusion (formerly known as Granite) branch converged infrastructure solution, and see how it marries together multiple technical advances including WAN optimization, stateless compute, and “projected” datacenter storage to solve those branch challenges and bring the benefits of convergence out to branch IT. We’ll see how SteelFusion is not only fulfilling the promise of a converged “branch” infrastructure that supports distributed IT, but also accelerates the business based on it.

Publish date: 04/15/14