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April 22, 2014

Riverbed Unveils Version 3.0 of its Branch Converged Infrastructure SteelFusion

Riverbed (News - Alert) Technology is a provider of application performance infrastructure solutions. The company’s SteelFusion is a branch converged infrastructure that centralizes data in the datacenter and delivers local performance and nearly instant recovery at the branch.  Recently, Riverbed Technology announced the availability of the same solution with enhanced features as SteelFusion version 3.0.

Branch converged infrastructure is a single, standardized, pre-integrated stack that enables users to access applications running at high speed locally in the branch while primary data is stored in the datacenter. This facility is accepted by many businesses as it significantly lowers capital and operational costs and improving IT’s responsiveness to the business.

Formerly known as Riverbed Granite, SteelFusion fuses branch servers, storage, networking, and virtualization infrastructure into a single solution that reportedly reduces the average time to provision branch services from five hours to ten minutes and recovery from branch outages from 24 hours to 15 minutes.

With SteelFusion 3.0, Riverbed claims to have raised the bar with even faster branch recovery, higher data capacity, and faster performance.

“With more and more branches and data, organizations are struggling with the cost and inefficiency of managing islands of infrastructure – servers, apps and storage – outside the datacenter. Riverbed developed the first solution that delivers all the benefits of converged infrastructure found in the datacenter, such as performance, security, scalability, better disaster recovery, and manageability, but optimized for the unique requirements of the branch,” John Martin, senior vice president and general manager Storage Delivery, at Riverbed said in a statement.

Martin believes that with SteelFusion, Riverbed has completely changed the game with branch IT infrastructure.

SteelFusion 3.0 features a new 1360P high-end appliance which ensures users get faster, local performance for storage-intensive workloads like Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and CAD/CAM applications. Additionally, it now comes with new higher capacity storage delivery controller, the SteelFusion Core 3000, which can now support up to 100TB consolidated data, a 3x improvement over the previous high of 35TB supported. Other enhancements include; enhanced recovery innovation; Simplified operations; and even better NetApp and EMC (News - Alert) integration.

Riverbed SteelFusion is part of the Riverbed Application Performance Platform. According to the company, the newly announced SteelFusion 3.0 will be commercially available from early May.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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