EMC Chooses Riverbed SteelApp Virtual ADC to Optimize Apps in the Cloud

When you are in charge of architecting and implementing some of the biggest applications in the cloud, every decision that you make is critical to the success of your business and the satisfaction of your customers. That’s why the Senior Solutions Principal for EMC, Denos Christofi, chose Riverbed SteelApp Traffic Manager and won high praise when he delivered. He designed a system that pushes over 320Gbps of traffic with 100% uptime and has been operational and growing for over a year and half.

Super Mobility Week 2014: Telco + Silicon Valley = Best Friends

I wouldn’t say that Super Mobility Week hosted in Las Vegas last week stole the thunder from Mobile World Congress but I applaud the consolidation of 4G World and CTIA Wireless events in one venue.

ctiaThere was a lot of talk about the connected car, connected home and monetization of mobile video, but what struck me the most this year was the broader trend of Telco getting at least some of the agility that the IT world takes for granted. I’m talking about trends such as Network Function Virtualization (NFV) in pursuit of efficiency and scalability, as well as convergence of IT and Telco APIs to build more sophisticated end-user applications.

Infographic: 5 tips for business continuity and disaster recovery planning

Data volumes are growing 40% annually and the average cost of data center downtime jumped to $7,900 an hour in 2013. Chances are, your disaster recovery plan from a couple years ago may not be sufficient today.

Revisiting business continuity and disaster recovery plans regularly are a healthy habit - like flossing your teeth every day. The good news is you have a chance to make your disaster recovery plans more comprehensive, more efficient, and lower cost. Sound too good to be true? Check out these five tips for disaster recovery and business continuity planning in this infographic:


What Would You Do With 48TB Of Free Amazon Cloud Storage?

What would you do if I gave you 48TB of Amazon cloud storage today?

To get you thinking, here are the top 10 things you could do with 48TB of storage:

  1. Protect 16.8 million presentations
  2. Store 7 million pictures
  3. Backup 36 million PDFs
  4. Replicate the library of congress... almost 5 times
  5. Stream 5.3 million songs
  6. Send 640 million emails
  7. Sync 375 new iPhone 6s
  8. Save an entire year of work
  9. Capture the data generated from 96 Boeing 787 flights
  10. Copy 48,000,000,000,000 bytes

Each of these could be stored in 48TB of cloud storage. So I'll ask you again, what would you do if I gave you 48TB of cloud storage?

It's not a rhetorical question.

For a limited time, we're offering a FREE Riverbed® SteelStore™ virtual storage appliance. And with this free appliance, comes 8TB per month, for 6 months which is equivalent to 48TB of storage in Amazon S3 cloud, at no cost.

Protecting the Jennifer Lawrence Selfies in your Web Application

This past weekend, Jennifer Lawrence—along with a number of other celebrities—became victims of a cyber-attack. Their accounts at Apple where they kept very private photos were exposed to the public.

This release of photos isn’t a new thing. I can recall a number of celebrities in the not so distant past who’ve also been the victim of having their private photos being leaked as well. I believe some have argued that these were awfully well timed with a movie release, but I have no doubt that it must be embarrassing.

The embarrassment comes from two angles. There is the obvious: where users are exposed (pun intended). However the not-so-obvious angle is how the organization who was hosting the data ends up also being exposed.

ToMAYto, toMAHto…Are all cloud-integrated storage appliances alike?

TomatoWith all the talk of cloud-integrated storage appliances in the news lately, it’s been more challenging having a candid conversation with a customer that doesn’t boil down to the question, “Aren’t you guys all basically the same?”

Well, yes, on the surface there are lots of similarities between cloud-integrated storage appliances (also known as cloud storage gateways). These include:

  1. Most do some level of deduplication or compression, and encryption on the data they receive
  2. Most utilize local storage to cache frequently accessed data
  3. All leverage public clouds to store less frequently used data and/or snapshots of data for recovery

But that’s about where the similarities end. In fact, cloud-integrated storage appliances share very little beyond the above three basic tenants of gateway devices. So how are cloud-integrated storage appliances different?

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How is Riverbed APM related to David Bowie?

How is Riverbed Application Performance Management (APM) related to David Bowie?

The number 521, that’s how!

It’s an important number, really. It is a prime number, an Einstein Prime with no imaginary part. It is also a Chen prime, and a Lucas Number. DNA has a 521-year half-life. There are 521 catalogued languages in Nigeria. On 5/21 in 1804, the Lewis and Clark expedition began. On the same day in 1927 Charles Lindberg’s famous solo flight across the Atlantic landed, and on 5/21 in 1983 David Bowie's "Let's Dance" single reached #1.

And an analysis done by IDC shows an average of a three-year return on investment (ROI) of 521% on the SteelCentral Application Performance Management solutions, AppInternals and AppResponse.

Bringing converged thinking to the branch office


Rumors of a VMware-engineered hyper-converged infrastructure have been circulating for months, mostly under the code name MARVIN. The rumors turned out to be true: this week, at VMworld San Francisco, VMware announced VMware EVO:RAIL, which combines compute, networking, and storage resources, plus vSphere and vCenter and vSAN, into a hyper-converged infrastructure appliance to create a simple, easy to deploy, all-in-one solution. This seems like a solid building block for the small-to-midsized enterprise that is interested in quickly deploying resources tailored for the software-defined data center. As Riverbed’s Rob Whiteley (@rwhiteley0) points out, converged and hyper-converged infrastructure solutions will change the way virtual machines are provisioned and protected:

Can you deploy WAN optimization and traffic management in vCloud Air?

Just before VMworld 2014, VMware rebranded it's vCloud Hybrid Service to vCloud Air. But one thing that hasn't changed is that, as a user, you can't just walk into VMware's cloud and rack and stack whatever services you want in there.

The good news is that Riverbed also achieved VMware Ready - vCloud Air status for SteelHead CX, SteelApp Traffic Manager, and SteelCentral Services Controller for SteelApp. As virtual appliances and cloud instances, you don't need to have a key to VMware's data center to deploy and run these services to optimize, scale, and control your applications running in vCloud Air.

Check out this video with Brian Gautreau (@brian_gautreau) as he discusses how Riverbed can help ease your transition to vCloud Air by giving you more control over performance and cost:

What is the network impact of VMware Horizon Mirage?

Managing desktops has long been a huge challenge - and security risk - for IT. While there is an appeal in the idea of locking up all the desktops in the data center and providing access through VDI, the reality is that there are still many users for which that model is not appropriate. So, that still leaves the challenge of managing desktops.

Enter VMware Horizon Mirage. The desktop image management software supports physical and virtual desktops to help with Windows migrations, BYOD, and desktop data protection. But when you deploy Horizon Mirage in a remote office, that involves pushing out updates and pulling back backups over the WAN.

Check out this video with Faisal Memon (@fymemon) to hear how Riverbed SteelHead can help Horizon Mirage deployments, by:

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