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Riverbed announces SteelFusion 4.0

Company claims to have ‘enabled Zero IT at the branch’

Riverbed announces SteelFusion 4.0
ElKhayat: Branches are the front lines of business.

Infrastructure optimisation specialist Riverbed Technology today introduced its SteelFusion 4.0 "hyper-converged" branch-level infrastructure solution.

Riverbed claims SteelFusion 4.0 "enables zero IT at the branch" by virtualising and consolidating data and servers from remote sites into data centres.

"SteelFusion meets the IT challenges of today's sprawling branch environments by enabling organisations to remove all servers, storage, and backup from remote sites; enabling instant provisioning and recovery; providing complete security and visibility; and ensuring that applications simply work," Riverbed said in a statement.

For SteelFusion 4.0, Riverbed has redesigned its hardware platforms for increased performance and scalability for remote sites and regional hubs. SteelFusion 4.0 also introduces FusionSync, which promotes branch continuity by ensuring all remote data is accessible across private and hybrid cloud environments.

"Branches are the front lines of business with increasing IT needs," said Taj ElKhayat, regional vice president, Middle East, Turkey, North, West, and Central Africa, Riverbed Technology. "However, the answer to delivering customer-centric business is not to introduce more IT complexity and infrastructure, but to rethink branch IT.

"With SteelFusion 4.0, Riverbed delivers the branch of the future with a zero branch-IT solution that eliminates the challenges of supporting remote sites. This means getting all of the infrastructure - servers, storage and backup - out of the branch and centralised into the data centre."

SteelFusion 4.0 is expected to be generally available in May 2015.

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