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Tacit Networks

Improving remote office management is one of the key initiatives in practically every IT shop we have talked to in the past eighteen months. The reason is simple: greater than 60% of corporate data is outside the data center and often half of that is in remote locations. Practically all data outside datacenters is poorly managed today.

Publish date: 04/01/06
Profiles/Reports

Riverbed Introduces Enterprise Disaster Recovery Support

Riverbed has expanded WDS to include enterprise DR support, enabling the efficient and secure transport of large datasets over the WAN from one data center to another. In this profile we will spotlight the first vendor with a product offering in this expanded WDS space: Riverbed. We believe that this ability is nothing less than a breakthrough in WDS.

Publish date: 11/12/07
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Riverbed and Akamai Team Up to Improve SaaS Application Performance

Riverbed's recent announcement of its partnership with Akamai to port its WAN optimization engine into Akamai's global delivery network has more to it than what meets the eye at the first glance. It has the potential to be revolutionary in and propel the mass adoption of cloud based SaaS services by minimizing WAN and network based latency that has plagued many such delivery mechanisms - especially for small and medium sized businesses who cannot afford a fat pipe to the internet.

  • Premiered: 05/17/11
  • Author: Taneja Group
Topic(s): CDN WAN Saas Cloud
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Virtualization strategies for disaster recovery: Using replication and WAN optimization

The data center is rapidly evolving. As a result, most data protection and disaster recovery (DR) plans were developed for an IT environment that bears little resemblance to today's dynamic, highly distributed and increasingly virtualized data centers. Traditional disaster recovery planning assumed that remote locations had a dedicated IT staff, applications and data were generally static, local data protection was most efficient, and wide-area networks (WANs) between locations were strictly limited and expensive.

  • Premiered: 04/19/10
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: SearchDisasterRecovery.com
Topic(s): TBA WAN TBA Virtualization
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Five Reasons for WAN Optimization in the Cloud

WAN optimization allows an enterprise to maximize the potential benefits of cloud computing

  • Premiered: 06/23/11
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: sys-con.com
Topic(s): TBA WAN TBA Cloud
Profiles/Reports

Riverbed Optimization for the Cloud – Weaving together the connectivity behind the hybrid cloud

There’s little doubt today that the concept of cloud is an irresistible force that is altering the landscape upon which IT systems are built and integrated. The fact is, the cloud is already here in data centers today, as the footprint of IT has rapidly changed and is quickly becoming a mix of services drawn from both public and private clouds. Whether it is by a small degree, or a large degree, the potential of using many of this first generation of Internet-scattered, public cloud services has opportunistically drawn in many users, even within the most stoic and unchangeable of institutions. In this Solution Brief, we’ll examine how one vendor – Riverbed – is turning their technology to the integration of these cloud services with the traditional infrastructure; an area where they are particularly enabled to deliver with their rich history of optimizing connectivity and capabilities across systems scattered around the globe.

Publish date: 07/25/11
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Industry Analysts Endorse Infineta's Findings Concerning Big Data and the Enterprise WAN

Award-Winning WAN Optimization Company Garners Analyst Community Recognition for Leadership Role Validating the Impact of Big Data on the WAN.

  • Premiered: 12/15/11
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: SFGate.com
Topic(s): TBA Infineta TBA WAN
news / Blog

AMI StorTrends Optimizes WANs for Primary Data

AMI StorTrends already optimizes iSCSI primary storage for high performance over the LAN. Their iTX Data Storage Software optimizes data for fast transport over the WAN as well.

  • Premiered: 07/06/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
Topic(s): AMI StorTrends LAN WAN accelerator Optimization Storage Primary replication
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Cloud has a silver lining for ROBO storage

Providing and managing ROBO storage can be a challenge, but a hybrid approach using a combination of local and cloud-based storage may be the best solution.

  • Premiered: 02/25/13
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: TechTarget: SearchDataBackup.com
Topic(s): TBA ROBO TBA Storage TBA WAN TBA Cloud TBA scalability
Resources

Transforming Branch IT Delivery from Provisioning to Recovery

Date: 
Thursday, September 19, 2013 

Time: 
11am PDT / 2pm EDT 

Organizations that operate remote and branch offices are often faced with a difficult choice: deploy servers and storage close to users at the edge to ensure local performance or consolidate to the data center to ensure control and safekeeping. A new architectural approach enables IT organizations to resolve the conflict by delivering the best of both worlds – local performance in the branch delivered from the data center. 

Join Riverbed Technology for an overview and discussion with industry analyst Taneja Group as they highlight breakthroughs in storage delivery that enable organizations to present datacenter-managed storage, servers, and applications as if they’re local in remote locations. You’ll learn how to: 
 

Ensure control of servers, applications, and data centrally to lower costs, improve security, centralize protection, and simplify management without impacting branch user performance
Recover a remote site and resume operations in minutes from the data center over the WAN
Provision, upgrade, and patch branch systems centrally and resume operations with minimal disruption
Lower costs and transform the delivery of IT services to remote offices like many other industries have already done, including government, healthcare, retail, legal, financial, manufacturing, oil & gas, mining, government, architecture, engineering, and construction

REGISTER HERE


Featured Speakers: 

Mike Matchett, Senior Analyst and Consultant, Taneja Group

Eric Carter, Director of Product Marketing,Riverbed

  • Premiered: 09/19/13 at 11:00am Pacific Time
  • Location: OnDemand
  • Speaker(s): Mike Matchett
  • Sponsor(s): Riverbed Technology
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Profiles/Reports

EMC Avamar 7 - Protecting Data at Scale in the Virtual Data Center (TVS)

Storing digital data has long been a perilous task.  Not only are stored digital bits subject to the catastrophic failure of the devices they rest upon, but the nature of shared digital bits subjects them to error and even intentional destruction.   In the virtual infrastructure, the dangers and challenges subtly shift.  Data is more highly consolidated and more systems depend wholly on shared data repositories; this increases data risks.  Many virtual machines connecting to single shared storage pools mean that IO or storage performance has become an incredibly precious resource; this complicates backup, and means that backup IO can cripple a busy infrastructure.  Backup is a more important operation than ever before, but it is also fundamentally more challenging than ever before.

Fortunately, the industry rapidly learned this lesson in the earlier days of virtualization, and has aggressively innovated to bring tools and technologies to bear on the challenge of backup and recovery for virtualized environments.  APIs have unlocked more direct access to data, and products have finally come to market that make protection easier to use, and more compatible with the dynamic, mobile workloads of the virtual data center.  Nonetheless differences abound between product offerings, often rooted in the subtleties of architecture – architectures that ultimately determine whether a backup product is best suited for SMB-sized needs, or whether a solution can scale to support the large enterprise.

Moreover, within the virtual data center, TCO centers on resource efficiency, and a backup strategy can be one of the most significant determinants of that efficiency. On one hand, traditional backup just does not work and can cripple efficiency.  There is simply too much IO contention and application complexity in trying to convert a legacy physical infrastructure backup approach to the virtual infrastructure.  On the other hand, there are a number of specialized point solutions designed to tackle some of the challenges of virtual infrastructure backup.  But too often, these products do not scale sufficiently, lack consolidated management, and stand to impose tremendous operational overhead as the customer’s environment and data grows.  When taking a strategic look at the options, it often looks like backup approaches fly directly in the face of resource efficiency.

Publish date: 10/31/13
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Evolution of Storage: VM-Aware Storage for Virtualization

Solving the mismatch between virtualization and storage can help IT with its efforts to move to 100 percent virtualization using software-defined infrastructure.

  • Premiered: 11/20/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Data Center Knowledge
Topic(s): TBA Tintri TBA Virtualization TBA Storage TBA VM TBA LUN TBA SAN TBA NAS TBA SSD TBA Flash TBA QoS TBA WAN TBA DR TBA Disaster Recovery
Profiles/Reports

Convergence for the Branch Office: Transforming Resiliency and TCO with Riverbed SteelFusion (TVS)

The branch office has long been a critical dilemma for the IT organization. Branch offices for many organizations are a critical point of productivity and revenue generation, yet the branch has always come with a tremendous amount of operational overhead and risk. Worse yet, challenges are often exacerbated because the branch office too often looks like a carryover of outdated IT practices.

More often than not, the branch office is still a highly manual, human-effort-driven administration exercise. Physical equipment too often sits at a remote physical office, and requires significant human management and intervention for activities like data protection and recovery, or replacement of failed hardware. Given the remote nature of the branch office, such human intervention often comes with significant overhead in the form of telephone support, less than efficient over-the-wire system configuration, equipment build and ship processes, or even significant travel to remote locations. Moreover, in an attempt to avoid issues, the branch office is often over-provisioned with equipment in order to reduce the impact of outages, or is designed in such a way as to be too dependent on across the Wide Area Network (WAN) services that impair user productivity and simply exchange the risk of equipment failure for the risk of WAN outage. But while such practices come with significant operational cost, there’s a subtler cost lurking below the surface – any branch office outage is enmeshed in data consequences. Data protection may be a slower process for the branch office, subjecting the branch to greater risks with equipment failure or disaster, and restoring branch office data and productivity after a disaster can be a long slow process compared to the capabilities of the modern datacenter.

When branch offices are a key part of a business, these practices that are routinely accepted as the standard can make the branch office one of the costliest and riskiest areas of the IT infrastructure. Worse yet, for many enterprises, the branch office has only increased its importance over time, and may generate more revenue and require more responsive and available IT systems than ever before. The branch office clearly requires better agility and efficiency than it receives today.

Riverbed Technologies has long proven their mettle in helping enterprises optimize and better enable connectivity and data sharing for distributed work teams. Over the past decade, Riverbed has come to dominate the market for WAN optimization technologies that compress data and optimize the connection between branch or remote offices and the datacenter. But Riverbed rose to this position of dominance because their SteelHead appliances do far more than just optimize a connection – Riverbed’s dominance of this market sprung from deep collaboration and interaction optimization of CIFS/SMB and other protocols by way of intelligent interception and caching of the right data to make the remote experience feel like a local experience. Moreover, Riverbed SteelHead could do this while making that remote connection effectively stateless, and eliminating the need to protect or manage data in the branch office.

Almost two years ago, Riverbed announced a continuing evolution of their “location independent computing” focus with the introduction of their SteelFusion family of solutions. The vision behind SteelFusion was a focus on delivering far more performance and capability in branch offices, while doing away with the complexity of multiple component parts and scattered data. SteelFusion does this by transforming the branch office into a stateless “projection” of data, applications, and VMs stored in the datacenter. Moreover, SteelFusion does this with a converged solution that combines storage, networking, and compute all in one device – the first comprehensive converged infrastructure solution purpose-built for the branch. This converged offering though, is built on branch office “statelessness” that, as we’ll review, transparently stores data in the datacenter, and allows the business to configure, change, protect, and manage the branch office with enterprise tools, while eradicating the risk associated with traditional branch office infrastructure.

SteelFusion today does this by virtualizing VMware ESXi VMs on a stateless appliance that in essence “projects” data from the datacenter to a remote location, while maintaining localized speed of access and resilient availability that can tolerate even severe network outages. Three innovative technology components that make up Riverbed’s SteelFusion allow it to host virtual machines that access their primary data via the datacenter, from where it is cached on the SteelFusion appliance while maintaining a highly efficient but near synchronous connection back to the datacenter storage. In turn, SteelFusion makes it possible to run many local applications in a rich, complex branch office while requiring no other servers or devices. Riverbed promises that SteelFusion’s architecture can tolerate outages, but synchronize data so effectively that it will operate as a stateless appliance, enabling branch data to be completely protected by datacenter synchronization and backup, with more up to date protection and faster recovery regardless of whether there’s a loss of a single file, or the loss of an entire system. In short, this is a promise to comprehensively revolutionize the practice of branch office IT.

In January of 2014, Taneja Group took a deeper look at what Riverbed is doing with SteelFusion. While we’ve provided other written assessments on the use case and value of Riverbed SteelFusion, we also wanted to take a hands-on look at how the technology works, and whether in real world use it really delivers management effort reductions, availability improvements, and increased IT capabilities along with consequent improvements in the risks around branch office IT. To do this, we turned to a hands-on lab exercise – what we call a Technology Validation.

What did we find?  We found that Riverbed SteelFusion does indeed deliver a transformation of branch office management and capabilities, by fundamentally reducing complexity, injecting a number of powerful capabilities (such as enterprise snapshots and access to all data, copies, and tools in the enterprise) and making the branch office resilient, constantly protected, and instantly recoverable. While the change in capabilities is significant, this also translates into a significant impact on time and effort, and we captured a number of metrics throughout our hands-on look at SteelFusion. For the details, we turn to the full report.

Publish date: 04/14/14
Profiles/Reports

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
Profiles/Reports

Violin Concerto 7000 All Flash Array: Performance Packed with Data Services

All Flash Arrays (AFAs) are plentiful in the market. At one level all AFAs deliver phenomenal performance compared to an HDD array. But comparing AFAs to an HDD-based system is like comparing a Ford Focus to a Lamborghini. The comparison has to be inter-AFAs and when one looks under the hood one finds the AFAs in the market vary in performance, resiliency, consistency of performance, density, scalability and almost every dimension one can think of.

An AFA has to be viewed as a business transformation technology. A well-designed AFA, applied to the right applications will not only speed up application performance but by doing so enable you to make fundamental changes to your business. It may enable you to offer new services to your customers. Or serve your current customers faster and better. Or improve internal procedures in a way that improves employee morale and productivity. To not view an AFA through the business lens would be missing the point.

In this Product Profile we describe all the major criteria that should be used to evaluate AFAs and then look at Violin’s new entry, Concerto 7000 All Flash Array to see how it fares against these measures.

Publish date: 06/24/14
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StorTrends: All-Flash Performance at $0.50 per GB

StorTrends is promising all-flash performance and enterprise-grade data services at half the price of competing storage vendors.

  • Premiered: 03/19/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Infostor
Topic(s): TBA AMI TBA StorTrends TBA StorTrends 3600i TBA data TBA Storage TBA All Flash TBA AFA TBA SSD TBA SAN TBA WAN TBA WAN Optimization TBA WANO
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Flat backup grows into viable tool for data protection

Flat backups reduce license fees and improve recovery point objectives and recovery time objectives, making them useful for data protection.

  • Premiered: 07/08/15
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Data Backup
Topic(s): TBA Backup TBA Data protection TBA DP TBA Recovery TBA Snapshots TBA flat backup TBA NetApp TBA HP TBA EMC TBA 3PAR TBA StoreServ TBA StoreOnce TBA VMAX TBA Data Domain TBA RPO TBA RTO TBA COW TBA ROW TBA Disaster Recovery TBA DR TBA WAN TBA Microsoft TBA Oracle TBA SAP TBA SnapProtect TBA RMC TBA Recovery Manager Central TBA ProtectPoint TBA Virtualization TBA VMWare
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Hyper-converged vendors focus on data protection

Hyper-convergence has impacted primary storage, but Arun Taneja says hyper-converged vendors are bringing the concept to data protection.

  • Premiered: 09/03/15
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Data Backup
Topic(s): TBA hyper-converge TBA hyper-converged TBA hyper-convergence TBA hyperconverged TBA Primary Storage TBA Arun Taneja TBA Storage TBA Data protection TBA Data Deduplication TBA Deduplication TBA Compression TBA Continuous Data Protection TBA synthetic backup TBA Backup TBA copy data management TBA Snapshots TBA Snapshot TBA WANO TBA WAN Optimization TBA WAN TBA replication TBA flat backup TBA secondary storage TBA Gridstore TBA Maxta TBA Nimboxx TBA Nutanix TBA Scale TBA Scale Computing TBA SimpliVity
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Unitrends Enterprise Backup 9.0: Simple and Powerful Data Protection for the Whole Data Center

Backup and recovery, replication, recovery assurance: all are more crucial than ever in the light of massively growing data. But complexity has grown right alongside expanding data. Data centers and their managers strain under the burdens of legacy physical data protection, fast-growing virtual data requirements, backup decisions around local, remote and cloud sites, and the need for specialist IT to administer complex data protection processes.

In response, Unitrends has launched a compelling new version of Unitrends Enterprise Backup (UEB): Release 9.0. Its completely revamped user interface and experience significantly reduces management overhead and lets even new users easily perform sophisticated functions using the redesigned dashboard. And its key capabilities are second to none for modern data protection in physical and virtual environments.

One of UEB 9.0’s differentiating strengths (indeed, the entire Unitrends product line) is the fact that in today’s increasingly more virtualized world, they still offer deep support for physical as well as virtual environments. This is more important than it might at first appear. There is a huge installed base of legacy equipment in existence and a lot of it has still not been moved into a virtual environment; yet it all needs to be protected. Within this legacy base, there are many mission-critical applications still running on physical servers that remain high priority protection targets. In these environments, many admins are forced to purchase specialized tools for protecting virtual environments separate from physical ones, or to use point backup products for specific applications. Both options carry extra costs by buying multiple applications that do essentially the same thing, and by hiring multiple people trained to use them.

This is why no matter how virtualized an environment is, if there is even one critical application that is still physical, admins need to strongly consider a solution that protects both. This gives the data center maximum protection with lower operating costs, since they no longer need multiple data protection packages and trained staff to run them.

This is where Unitrends steps in. With its rich capabilities and intuitive interface, UEB 9.0 protects data throughout the data center, and does not require IT specialists. This Product in Depth assesses Unitrends Enterprise Backup 9.0, the latest version of Unitrends flagship data protection platform. We put the new user interface through its paces to see just how intuitive it is, what information it provides and how many clicks it takes to perform some basic operations. We also did a deep dive into the functionality provided by the backup engine itself, some of which is a carryover from earlier versions and some which are new for 9.0.

Publish date: 09/17/15
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The New Era of Secondary Storage HyperConvergence

The rise of hyperconverged infrastructure platforms has driven tremendous change in the primary storage space, perhaps even greater than the move from direct attached to networked storage in decades past.

  • Premiered: 10/22/15
  • Author: Jim Whalen
  • Published: Enterprise Storage Forum
Topic(s): TBA Storage TBA secondary storage TBA Primary Storage TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconverged infrastructure TBA hyperconvergence TBA DR TBA Disaster Recovery TBA SATA TBA RTO TBA RPO TBA Data protection TBA DP TBA Virtualization TBA Snapshots TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA Disaster Recovery as a Service TBA DRaaS TBA DevOps TBA Hadoop TBA cluster TBA Actifio TBA Zerto TBA replication TBA Data Domain TBA HP TBA 3PAR TBA StoreServ TBA StoreOnce