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New High Performance, High Capacity Appliance Enables Consolidation of Large Branch Offices and Large Data Sets
SAN FRANCISCO -July 15, 2013 — /BackupReview.info/ – Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the application performance company, today introduced a new release of its groundbreaking Riverbed® Granite® product family that delivers an enterprise-class solution for server and data consolidation. With expanded capacity and higher performance IT managers can now extend the benefits of Granite to larger branch offices and data-intensive applications that previously were difficult or impossible to consolidate.
Granite is a technology that empowers businesses of all sizes to remove servers and data from branch offices and centralize them in the secure data center—without sacrificing user experience. This new architectural approach makes it possible to centralize backup operations and get data out of high-risk locations, while increasing agility and lowering the costs of managing remote office IT. To succeed in this dynamic environment, IT leaders need agility, security and control, while business users demand performance. Granite delivers these benefits in a single solution.
This announcement includes new Granite 2.5 software that adds support for Fibre Channel to its existing iSCSI support, enabling Granite solutions to now support over 90% of the current enterprise-class storage array market. Granite 2.5 also improves data protection with automated snapshots and simplified support for existing data-center class backup and recovery software. This news builds upon EMC E-Lab™ qualifying Granite with EMC VMAX® in 2012 and the recently completed EMC E-Lab qualification of Granite with EMC VNX® in June 2013. The performance of Granite 2.5 can be further enhanced with the addition of the new, purpose-built Steelhead EX 1360 model appliance, on which Granite can be hosted. The Steelhead EX 1360 model appliance offers enterprises greater capacity and performance for consolidating larger data stores back to the data center. Granite 2.5 and the Steelhead EX 1360 model appliance together deliver an enterprise-class solution for server and data consolidation that allow organizations to deploy any application to any location with high performance and reliability.
“Data growth and infrastructure shifts continue to hamper IT’s ability to meet all protection, retention and compliance requirements. Addressing all these data protection challenges, requires a holistic approach,” Steve Duplessie, founder and senior analyst at ESG. “Silos in technology add to the cost and complexity while reducing productivity and increasing risk of data loss. IT needs to give end users the tools they need to be successful while IT keeps oversight and control.”
Extended Integration with Enterprise-Class Storage Arrays
“We see the expanded flexibility of Granite 2.5 in the data center as a big win – both from a storage and a data protection standpoint,” said Mike Rinken, director of information technology at Mazzetti, an engineering design and consulting firm. “In our business where large CAD files have been moving toward a more collaborative parametric modeling data set, more resources for Granite Edge appliances make perfect sense. We can consolidate even more data and still make sure branch users get the local performance they need to be effective. We’re excited to have the flexibility of utilizing Fibre Channel storage and how Riverbed is extending their storage footprint by offering more robust devices.”
Simplification of Backup and Recovery
“We’ve deployed Granite to help us manage our data and applications centrally and eliminate the hardware footprint at our data-intensive branches, which has translated to cost savings for us,” said Rohit Tellis, director of information technology at Alamos Gold, a Canadian-based gold producer with exploration and development activities around the globe. “The data protection enhancements help even further and will give us the assurance that our centralized backup process is easy to manage.”
New Steelhead EX 1360 Model Appliance
Granite 2.5 and Steelhead EX 1360 model appliances are expected to be generally available in Q3 2013.
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