Much like one of its key technology partners, Dell, Silver Peak, best known for WAN optimization, actually has a long but little-known history in storage, but that obscurity could be lifted with the release of three purpose-built software tools for increasing long-distance data replication by up to 20X, quickly, easily and affordably. Part of the vendor’s Velocity Replication Acceleration portfolio, the VRX-2 (up to 60 GB/hr for $2,764/year), VRX-4 (up to 300 GB/hr for $8,297/year) and VRX-8 (up to 1.5 TB/hr for $38,731/year) software products puts the power and control of data acceleration in the hands of the storage administrator, and can be deployed and up and running in less than 20 minutes, said President and CEO Rick Tinsley. Storage managers can download trials on their own schedule, their own time and without a need for a sales person involved or breathing down their back.
According to a new Forrester study sponsored by Silver Peak, 72% of organizations want to do more offsite data replication, but 66% believe they are limited by the wide area network performance. The study – WAN Acceleration Fast-Tracks Data Protection And Disaster Recovery – found that 65% of businesses have more than 100 terabytes of data company-wide, and 39% have more than a petabyte. More than half of all respondents (54%) said that data replication takes too long and nearly half (44%) are not meeting their recovery time and recovery point objectives (RTO/RPO). This explains why approximately one-third of data (34%) is not replicated at all, leaving that data at risk, and why most respondents (53%) stated that upgrading their current DR plans within the next 12 months is a high or critical priority.
The global storage replication software market is expected to reach $4.8 billion by 2015, according to TechNavio. The latest storage software numbers from IDC showed nearly flat growth in Q2 2012, but Data Protection & Recovery and Archiving Software were once again the two fastest growing market segments with 2.4% and 2.2% year over year growth rates, respectively, or $1.16 billion and $404 million in total revenues.
Data acceleration software is a proven method to overcome performance challenges for long distance off-site replication, said Tinsley. “The new VRX family of products is tailored very specifically for data storage and high-speed replication,” he said. “We had noticed that in many cases customers choose us, at least initially, to solve a storage replication problem. So we thought we should tailor a specific product… that storage managers (not the networking team) could deploy seamlessly.”
Tinsley said that five years ago, when you said WAN optimization, most people assumed you were talking about optimizing networks for branch offices, but Silver Peak was already focusing on the data center, and long-distance, high-speed, high-capacity demands. But as a networking company, it took a while to understand storage, and why storage managers were tending to gravitate to Silver Peak.
Back then, data replication was purely a hardware capability, but software, virtual appliances, solves a lot of deployment and cost issues, said Tinsley. Silver Peak jumped early into the virtual appliance market. While these appliances are still relatively new, they accounted for 7% of total sales in the Data Center Appliance market, but contributed 37% of the revenue growth. A number of vendors have virtual offerings in the data center segment, including Citrix, F5, Riverbed as well as Silver Peak, but the company has exceeded 20,000 downloads of its software via its Virtual Marketplace as of December.
Based on the Virtual Acceleration Open Architecture (VXOA), which uses real-time optimization techniques to maximize replication performance over any existing WAN infrastructure, the VRX software overcomes WAN bandwidth, distance and quality challenges and allows storage professionals to meet their recovery point objectives (RPOs) by replicating more data, over longer distances, and in less time, said the company. VRX deploys into any replication environment and runs on all standard hypervisors, including VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer and KVM, and is proven with all asynchronous IP-based replication solutions from Dell, EMC, HDS, NetApp and others.
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