Featured product: Riverbed Granite

Brent Lees, senior product marketing manager, EMEA discusses the benefits of Riverbed’s new storage acceleration system.

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Featured product: Riverbed Granite
By  Georgina Enzer Published  August 22, 2013

Brent Lees, senior product marketing manager, EMEA discusses the benefits of Riverbed’s new storage acceleration system.

What is the product?
Riverbed Granite allows organisations to de-couple storage from the branch location and move the data into the managed and secured data centre, whilst offering users in the branch the performance and availability they would experience as if the storage and applications were local to them. It accelerates block access across the WAN.

What does it do?
Riverbed Granite appliances ensure applications at the edge perform at LAN speed.  Granite appliances decouple storage from compute.   Compute resides independently at the branch for high-speed local performance, while Granite accelerates block access across the WAN from a common pool of storage on the data centre storage area network.

What is new about it?

It’s first in the market and no other provider can offer this type of solution.
The only alternative is more of the same, providing storage in the branch which is difficult to support, back-up and protect the data. Riverbed Granite is the first solution that allows the centralisation of the stored data, without affecting performance at all.

Why is it better?
By enabling LAN performance at the edge via centrally managed storage, Granite makes the stateless branch possible. Servers are available to deliver on user requirements in the branch, yet centrally provisioned, managed and protected. The Granite module is an extension of the Riverbed Steelhead WAN optimisation platform .

Where can you buy it and how much does it cost?
Riverbed Granite is provided by Riverbed Partners located across all regions.  Ultimately the cost will be dependent on the volume of branches and data being stored.  However in most cases we can demonstrate a ROI very quickly.

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