Riverbed folds VMware vSphere into Steelhead EX

Integration extends virtual edge of the data centre to the branch, says company

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Riverbed folds VMware vSphere into Steelhead EX Elie: With this new solution, enterprises in the region can deploy servers in the data centre but execute at the edge.
By  Stephen McBride Published  November 25, 2012

Riverbed Technology today announced in the Middle East the integration of VMware vSphere into its Riverbed Steelhead EX model appliances.

"This integration provides organisations in the region with a single platform for simplified, centralised management of distributed virtual services at a lower total cost of ownership," the company said.

When combined with the Granite edge virtual server infrastructure (edge-VSI), the integrated solution allows Middle East organisations to leverage the investments they have made in the data centre and extend control and policy boundaries to the edge of the network, according to the company. This approach is said to reduce operating costs by centralising and streamlining management of virtual services and data, and delivering services wherever and whenever needed without compromising performance.

Enterprises in the Middle East are increasingly consolidating and leveraging virtualisation and cloud technologies to achieve greater cost efficiency, improve data protection, and manage resources centrally. At the same time, IT teams are challenged to dynamically deliver services to branches and end users as needed, while maintaining performance quality and the end-user experience. They want solutions that allow for the centralisation of data with local execution, which Riverbed claims Steelhead EX appliances running VMware vSphere and Granite deliver.

"Enterprises are building efficient, virtualised data centres to improve business agility in the face of an explosion of users, devices and data," said Steve Duplessie, founder and senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group.

"By extending the virtual edge of the data centre all the way to the branch, enterprises now have a holistic approach to creating a data centre without walls. End users get the speed and performance they require, while IT manages from a simplified consolidated architecture. The result is a leaner, more productive business that enjoys end-to-end performance, reliability and security from the data centre to the edge."

"Riverbed is a strategic partner that shares our software-defined data centre vision. The software-defined data centre is designed to deliver on the promise of an agile, elastic, efficient, and reliable virtualised IT environment. Riverbed is extending the vision by projecting software-defined infrastructure to the edge where it can be managed and provisioned centrally while delivering a local area network (LAN) experience," said Allwyn Sequeira, vice president and CTO, Networking and Security, VMware.

"Riverbed is extending the ability for Middle East enterprises to operate and deliver IT services at the edge," said Philippe Elie, director, Business Operations EMEA at Riverbed.

"With this new solution, enterprises in the region can deploy servers in the data centre but execute at the edge. This allows them to quickly create complete virtual data centres, simplify management and provisioning while also extending those same benefits to branch offices."

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