Riverbed pioneered the branch converged infrastructure market to address these problems by launching Riverbed Granite – now called Riverbed SteelFusion™. To date, the solution is helping customers centralize and protect an estimated 47 petabytes of branch data in their datacenter and consolidate an estimated 87,000 branch servers. Because of these accomplishments in the field of data storage, SteelFusion™ has been named Info World Technology of the Year for two straight years.
“With more and more branches and data, organizations are struggling with the cost and inefficiency of managing islands of infrastructure – servers, apps and storage – outside the datacenter. Riverbed developed the first solution that delivers all the benefits of converged infrastructure found in the datacenter, such as performance, security, scalability, better disaster recovery, and manageability, but optimized for the unique requirements of the branch,” said John Martin, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Storage Delivery at Riverbed. “With SteelFusion™, Riverbed has completely changed the game with branch IT infrastructure. Businesses get the best of both worlds: centralizing data to eliminate branch downtime, improve data security, and lower TCO while still delivering local access to apps and data for branch workers.”
“SteelFusion™ is a no-brainer because as an IT leader you want simplified infrastructure and all of your data, servers, and virtual machines in the core datacenter,” said Mike Rinken, senior associate and director of IT at Mazzetti, a full-service consulting and building design firm. “With Riverbed I no longer need separate physical infrastructure at my branches for file, and application servers. All that now rolls onto a single SteelFusion™ branch converged infrastructure appliance.”
With the SteelFusion™ 3.0 release, Riverbed delivers:
- 6 time performance gain in the branch with a new high-end appliance. With a 6 time performance gain over the previous high-end SteelFusion™ appliance, the new SteelFusion™ 1360P appliance ensures users get faster, local performance for storage-intensive workloads like Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and CAD/CAM applications.
- 3 time increase in data-capacity at the datacenter with a new higher capacity controller appliance. Higher capacity on the storage deliver controller, the SteelFusion™ Core 3000, means storage admins can now support up to 100 terabytes of consolidated data, a 3 time improvement over the previous high of 35TB supported. This enables scalability for global enterprise companies looking to consolidate their data and applications.
- Enhanced recovery innovation – with a new predictive pre-fetch capability on the converged appliance, the Branch Reovery Agent further reduces recovery time from major outages. This ensures employees can remain product with constant access to applications and data, despite major disasters.
- Simplified operations – server, virtualization, and backup administrators will see an improved scale out architecture with pooled management of storage delivery controllers. A new recovery agent for the converged appliance makes it simpler and faster for administrators to recover a branch from a major outage.
- Even better NetApp and EMC integrations with support for NetApp cluster mode and EMC VNX2 snapshots continue seamless integration advancements to ensure SteelFusion™ integrates seamlessly with data center SAN infrastructure to provide backup consolidation.
“With the new release we’re excited to be able to expand our deployment. SteelFusion™ 3.0 will scale to meet the application and user needs at our largest site – Mazzetti headquarters,” said Rinken. “Also, with the new SteelFusion Branch Recovery Agent, we can intelligently pre-cache and pre-warm files and data that users access. Users will never feel the impact of an outage. They will just be able to continue working as if nothing had ever happened.”