Riverbed Refreshes Enterprise-Grade Cloud Storage Lineup

Cloud storage may want to avoid the spotlight right now, courtesy of Nirvanix, a pioneer in the field that advised customers last week to move their data elsewhere, but that’s not stopping WAN optimization leader Riverbed Technology from expanding its Whitewater cloud storage appliance family. The company, which makes networks run better and just took home the Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Award for its Stingray software-only ADC, has announced new hardware models and upgrades to its operating system to provide more capacity, faster ingest speeds and more replication options.

At the end of July River Bed announced Q2 2013GAAP revenue was $249.9 million, up 25.9% YoY, with a GAAP net loss of $16.5 million. “Our market expanding products outside of WAN optimization and OPNET grew almost 50% compared to last year, and we believe our multi-product strategy to deliver unmatched application performance will allow us to accelerate the Company’s revenue growth,” said Jerry Kennelly, Chairman and CEO. A month later it was one of a large group of vendors – including HP, Dell, Juniper Networks, F5 Networks, Brocade, Citrix and Silver Peak — jumping on VMware’s NSX network virtualization platform released at VMworld.

According to the latest reports, broadening its horizons beyond WANop appears to be a good idea. Around the same time as VMworld TheInfoPro reported a significant decline in new WAN optimization projects, although spending intentions remain positive, with 19% of survey respondents planning to increase spending in 2013. Earlier this month Infonetics Research released market share and preliminary analysis from its 2nd quarter 2013 Data Center Network Equipment report stating that WAN optimization slipped further year-over-year. WAN optimization sales got a temporary bump in 2Q13, but the segment remains on an overall downward trajectory, declining 11% from 2Q12, with Riverbed the top vendor.

“The WAN optimization market isn’t as rosy [as the application delivery controller (ADC) market], but what could bring this market back to life is the growing demand for cloud services, which can benefit from a smart device at the branch office that enhances the delivery of cloud services over the WAN,” noted Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise networks and video at Infonetics Research. “But so far cloud services have yet to become a demand driver.”

Riverbed is well aware of the cloud potential, said Rich Faris, Director of Product Management, Riverbed Whitewater. “It’s cost effective. The pricing has been driven to a level where its time for people to take a look.”

The release of Amazon Glacier a year ago, reducing cloud storage costs from $0.08/Gb to $0.01/Gb, drove a lot of people to do cloud storage, he said. Customers are looking to move new and larger data sets into the cloud and the company’s latest appliances expand scalability and performance, while the new OS helps them ingest, protect and store more data, as well as their’ disaster recovery initiatives by offering immediate recovery at a disaster recovery location should their primary system suffer a significant outage. These capabilities greatly expand the number of organizations that can implement cloud storage while tailoring RTO to their unique requirements, he added.

The last significant upgrade to the Whitewater OS, 2.1, added support for Amazon Glacier archival storage. At the February launch the company predicted this would be a great place and a great use case — long-term archiving of data — for Whitewater, and would “radically” help the adoption curve of cloud storage. In May it added support for Savvis Symphony Cloud Storage.

Faris said a study on a three-year total cost of ownership found that customers that deploy the Whitewater 3030 appliance can save more than $750,000 when backing up to Glacier. “Between 2.1 and 3.0 we believe we have the best platform for getting data into the cloud.”

Feeds & Speeds

The three new Whitewater (730, 2030, 3030) appliances offer between 8 to 96 TB usable cache capacity; and,

-the largest model, WWA-3030, can cache up to three times the amount of data as the previous largest model (3010) and can support backup and archive datasets of up to 14.4 petabytes before it is compressed and deduplicated onto the local cache;

-optional 10 gigabit networking interfaces to get up to 2.5 terabytes per hour ingest performance, a 40% increase over previous models;

-Whitewater Operating System (WWOS) 3.0 features pairwise replication that enable enterprises to replicate to an additional Whitewater appliance at a secondary location;

-Data Pinning: lock chosen data sets within the local cache; changes replicated to peer and cloud storage; and immediate recovery – always a local read; and,

-added features include support for Symantec Enterprise Vault, Amazon GovCloud and Savvis Cloud Storage.



Author: Steve Wexler

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