Riverbed debuts cloud optimisation for large organisations

New technology to bring acceleration to cloud applications and storage

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Riverbed debuts cloud optimisation for large organisations The new technologies will help companies overcome the performance barrier for cloud applications and cloud storage says Wolford.
By  Mark Sutton Published  January 6, 2010

Riverbed has announced new products to accelerate cloud computing performance and cloud storage for enterprise and government level organizations.

The infrastructure performance specialist is adding to its network, application and storage solutions with new technology which will extend the benefits of acceleration to applications and storage in public cloud computing environments.

The first product announced in the range will be virtual Steelhead for the cloud, a new addition to Riverbed's award-winning WAN optimization product family, which will accelerate the performance of applications and data transfers across private, public and hybrid cloud infrastructures.

Eric Wolford, senior vice president, marketing and business development at Riverbed commented: "For over five years we've delivered the market-leading solution for WAN optimization that overcomes the performance barrier to successfully consolidating IT infrastructure into private clouds. These same performance issues also affect enterprises as they move to public clouds. With our forthcoming products we will help customers break the performance barrier for cloud applications and cloud storage, starting with virtual Steelhead for the cloud. We will help customers achieve the promised benefits of the public cloud, while ensuring the same high-performance access to applications and storage that they have come to expect from their Riverbed-accelerated private clouds."

Riverbed also demonstrated new technology for the acceleration of cloud storage at the launch event in the US. The company says it has advanced technology that addresses fundamental protocol inefficiencies for block storage protocols that will produce order of magnitude performance gains over the WAN, allowing users to run any block protocol over the WAN, enabling storage and computing resources to be separated by thousands of miles, effectively transforming the WAN into a SAN.

"Our new technology will change the way enterprises and governments think about storage," said Wolford. "No longer will storage have to be tethered locally to the server. This frees IT leaders to locate and move storage assets to sites anywhere in the world, even thousands of miles away, to deliver the most cost-effective and intelligent architectures. This capability allows enterprises to bridge the public cloud and the private cloud-allowing them to take advantage of the best of both worlds."

"High latency alone will limit the types of applications that can find a home in the cloud," said Steve Duplessie, founder and senior analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group. "Forcing new interfaces or rewriting applications to take advantage of the cloud will be another deal breaker for a lot of folks. If Riverbed can solve these issues the way they did for applications and data transfers on the WAN, they will open up the entire market. If I can think of the cloud the way I think about a disk drive today, the possibilities become truly endless."

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