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Riverbed introduces new Steelhead appliance for the data centre that accelerates data backup and recovery to ensure business continuity

Riverbed Steelhead DX Edition 8000 Series delivers up to 60x acceleration in WAN performance and up to 99% bandwidth reduction for data replication workloads between data centres.

Riverbed Steelhead DX.

Riverbed Steelhead DX.

Riverbed Technology, the leader in application performance infrastructure, today announced that it has expanded its market-leading Riverbed Steelhead wide area network (WAN) optimisation product family, delivering a new purpose-build appliance – the Steelhead DX Edition 8000 Series – to address the unique needs of data-centre-to-data-centre data replication workloads, delivering up to 60 times WAN performance acceleration and up to 99% bandwidth reduction. With the Riverbed Steelhead DX Edition 8000 Series, organisations can transfer and protect more data more often, with less risk and cost and recover data far more rapidly to improve business continuity.

"The Steelhead product family is already the most complete WAN optimisation solution in the market, and with this announcement we added another important and business-critical use case," said Paul O'Farrell, senior vice president and general manager, Steelhead Products Group, Riverbed.

"The new Steelhead DX Edition eliminates distance between data centres as a barrier to achieving true location-independent computing, which in this case means that data can be moved, stored and backed-up regardless of where facilities are located, but with performance similar to a local area network. Only Riverbed offers a complete solution for both large-scale branch-to-data-centre and data-centre-to-data-centre environments."

Taking the network out of the business continuity equation

Today, WAN performance plays a central role in strategic business initiatives such as data centre consolidation, centralisation of branch servers and storage and transitioning from tape-based backup to WAN-based data replication. Given the rapid growth in data combined with these initiatives that are consolidating more data in fewer data centres, organisations are struggling to maintain the service-level agreements, such as Recovery Point and Time Objectives (RPO/RTO), associated with mission-critical business continuity and disaster recovery processes. To transfer and protect more data more often, organisations must ensure fast and predictable WAN performance despite common WAN performance impairments – high latency, packet loss, limited bandwidth and competition among applications, while protecting the bottom line by eliminating the unnecessary costs and delays associated with WAN infrastructure upgrades.

"Maintaining fast and predictable WAN performance into and between data centres has become critical for many of today's enterprises," said Brad Casemore, Research Director at IDC. "Protecting data within and across multiple data centres is essential to keeping a business online and operational. The challenge is doing so without generating ever increasing operational cost and risk, even as data sets and replication workloads continue to increase."

The Steelhead DX Edition 8000 Series features software and hardware purpose-built and optimized for data-centre-to-data-centre workloads. Supporting up to 2 Gbps of optimized WAN capacity and up to 10Gbps of optimised LAN capacity while optimising up to 10,000 TCP and UDP application flows, Steelhead DX Edition 8000 Series delivers superior value for accelerating data transfers over long distance. In addition, the solution provides unique optimisations for data replication applications such as NetApp SnapMirror and EMC Symmetrix Remote Data Facility (SRDF), providing advanced performance, enhanced visibility and fine-grain control of data replication processes end-to-end across the WAN.

Steelhead WAN optimisation solutions and the Riverbed Application Performance Platform

Steelhead DX 8000 graphic.

Steelhead DX 8000 graphic.

Riverbed Steelhead is the industry's number one WAN optimisation solution that accelerates the delivery of applications to the branch and from the cloud, and allows IT to prioritise delivery of mission-critical applications over the fastest networks. Riverbed is the only leader in the latest "Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization Controllers" and has been in the leaders' quadrant for six years in a row. In January 2014, Steelhead was recognised by InfoWorld with a Technology of the Year Award for the eighth time. Riverbed pioneered WAN optimisation in 2004 with unique innovations for application and data streamlining across the WAN and Internet to deliver the best end-user experience regardless of location, network or device while dramatically reducing network bandwidth.

In a world where application performance equals business performance, Riverbed offers the most complete platform to enable organisations to embrace location-independent computing, so that business objectives – not technical constraints – drive how applications and data are delivered. The Riverbed Application Performance Platform is a set of integrated solutions that give companies the flexibility to host applications and data in the locations that best serve the business while ensuring the flawless delivery of those apps to better leverage global resources, radically reduce the cost of running their business and maximise employee productivity.

The Riverbed Steelhead DX Edition 8000 Series is generally available today.

Partner supporting quotes

"EMC is a global leader in helping IT departments store, manage, protect and analyze their most valuable asset – information – in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way," said Jon Siegal, Senior Director of Product Marketing for the EMC Enterprise and Mid-Range Systems Division. "As a member of the EMC Business Partner Program for Technology Connect Partners, Riverbed's new DX platform helps customers protect more data more often across the WAN by delivering the fast and predictable WAN performance needed by business-critical data replication workloads."

"Riverbed provides the most complete solution for optimising WAN performance between data centres," said David Titov, Practice Director at Trace 3. "The predictably fast performance provided by the Steelhead DX Edition appliances, coupled with enhanced visibility and control of DR processes, allows our customers to sleep better at night knowing that their data replication workloads will complete on time every time, even in the presence of unforeseen changes in workload or network conditions."

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