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The typical datacenter serves 55 branches2] and only eight percent of these branches have fully consolidated IT infrastructure3]. As a result, according to IDC, more than $4 billion is being spent on remote office infrastructure and maintenance every year. All of the islands of distributed branch infrastructure have been necessary to meet local performance and reliability needs to ensure the productivity of employees working in branch offices; however, they are costly and inefficient to manage. In addition, companies rarely have the expertise in branches to maintain and protect data in such distributed infrastructure, and when branch offices suffer outages due to natural or manmade disasters, employee productivity and data are compromised and company revenue is impacted.
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. SteelFusion has been named InfoWorld 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:
"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."
Riverbed SteelFusion is a branch converged infrastructure solution that centralizes data in the datacenter and delivers local performance and nearly instant recovery at the branch. SteelFusion consolidates branch servers, storage, networking and virtualization infrastructure into a single solution. SteelFusion expedites branch office provisioning, backup and recovery and ensures continuous operations when disasters occur from any cause - weather, fire or accident. With SteelFusion, businesses can restore branch operations in a matter of minutes vs. days, centrally protect and secure data in the datacenter and significantly lower the TCO of branch and remote offices.
Riverbed SteelFusion is part of the Riverbed Application Performance Platform™, the most complete platform for location-independent computing that gives companies the flexibility to host applications and data in the locations that best serve the business while ensuring flawless application delivery to better leverage global resources, radically reduce the cost of running their business and maximize employee productivity.
SteelFusion 3.0 is expected to be generally available in early May.
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1] Convergence For The Branch Office: Transforming Resiliency and TCO with Riverbed SteelFusion, Taneja Group Technology Validation, April, 2014
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