Riverbed launches cloud WAN, storage appliances

Riverbed launched new cloud-friendly WAN optimization and storage appliances this week. Find out more about these products and what they are designed to do.

Riverbed made good on its plans to become more cloud focused.

The company on Wednesday rolled out new wide area network (WAN) optimization appliances designed for public cloud computing installations. The Cloud Steelhead appliance is designed to improve the performance of applications hosted in the public cloud. Riverbed executives hinted at the cloud launch during its most recent quarter.

According to Riverbed, its Cloud Steelhead (statement) will speed up the process of migrating data and software to the public cloud. The aim is to prevent a trade-off between a cloud computing provider and performance limitations.

At first, Riverbed's appliance will integrate with Amazon's EC2 service and its Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). The Cloud Steelhead will be available before the end of the year.

Separately, Riverbed launched a cloud storage accelerator called Whitewater (statement). This appliance aims to accelerate backup for active workloads.

Whitewater will work with EMC, Atmos, AT&T Synaptic Storage and Amazon S3. Riverbed said it is looking to enable pay-by-the-bit storage and off-site data storage. In testing, Riverbed is claiming that backups are 35 percent to 40 percent faster with Whitewater installed.

This is a guest post from Larry Dignan, Editor in Chief of ZDNet, TechRepublic's sister site. You can follow Larry on his ZDNet blog Between the Lines (or subscribe to the RSS feed).


Interesting announcements from Riverbed. I certainly agree that now is the time for traditional and advanced IT services to begin moving into the cloud, vs. remain as 100% premise-based. However, there's more than one way to skin a cat, even with something as cutting-edge as cloud storage or acceleration. One question I have about the news is what about using the cloud to deliver both traditional and advanced acceleration between offices, not just between enterprises and the public cloud? Also, it's great to see more vendors partner to deliver services the way companies need them (via the cloud), but limited flexibility is still an issue, even with the services announced yesterday. Here's my take on two different approaches to delivering cloud IT services: -- Mark Weiner, Virtela

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