Happy CloudtoberFEST, everyone! Never heard of CloudtoberFEST? CloudtoberFEST, is traditionally held from October 1-9, and is a time when we celebrate all things cloud, try out new cloud services, and give thanks for the ways the cloud helps improve our lives (not to be confused with Cloudsgiving, which occurs in the third week of November). As is traditional, I got you all a gift to get your CloudtoberFEST started out right: a free virtual SteelStore cloud-integrated storage appliance paired with 48TB of Amazon S3 storage. Sound too good to be true? The only catch is that you only have until the festival ends on October 9th to redeem it.
My colleagues and I are at JavaOne 2014 in San Francisco this week (see photo). There’s lots of excitement from new and established vendors in the application performance management (APM) space and we’re glad to be a part of it.
Monitoring application performance has never been a more critical component of business, with trends like Mobile, Big Data and Cloud. We have customers across many different verticals, but they all experience similar challenges. For IT organizations, application performance and availability are the most visible indicators of their success. This means all eyes are on application performance, and the expectation for availability is sky high.
Have you heard? Riverbed has an awesome conference coming up. It’s called Riverbed FORCE. And you need to be there.
Riverbed FORCE is Riverbed’s user conference, being held November 3rd - November 6th, 2014 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, CA. Riverbed FORCE is a unique user conference, equipping Riverbed customers with the tools and knowledge to make today's hybrid enterprise perform at its peak. Supporting the hybrind enterprise is becoming more and more challengeing as users, applications, and data are everywhere.
After many conversations, a few consistent messages emerged:
One of our customers stopped by and discussed exactly how these points played out in his organization regarding application performance monitoring (APM) and optimization strategies.
When you think about it, Riverbed has a lot in common with our customers. Like most of them, we operate a global network of offices staffed by people who need to communicate and transact in real time, 24-7. We also share a heavy reliance on cloud applications, which presents unique challenges in delivering consistent performance beyond just availability. Not least, we share a commitment to growing responsibly by keeping IT costs under control.
Ever since Riverbed came onto the technology scene in 2002 with its pioneering application optimization software, our own IT organization has been first in line to try most of the new products we’ve released or acquired. As Riverbed’s CIO, I’m proud of that fact – not because we provided an easy “sale” for Riverbed, but because our solutions truly have fueled our growth and remain central to our IT strategy going forward.
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.
There 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.
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:
To get you thinking, here are the top 10 things you could do with 48TB of storage:
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.
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.
Riverbed delivers the most complete platform for Location-Independent Computing, turning location and distance into a competitive advantage. The Riverbed Application Performance Platform™ allows IT to have the flexibility to host applications and data in the most optimal locations while ensuring applications perform as expected, data is always available when needed, and performance issues are detected and fixed before end users notice. At more than $1 billion in annual revenue, Riverbed has 25,000+ customers, including 97% of both the Fortune 100 and the Forbes Global 100.