Thursday, October 13, 2011

Riverbed Sees Opportunity in Optimizing Cloud Storage

Riverbed is continuing to enhance its Whitewater cloud storage gateways with goal of replacing tape storage with third-party, offsite solutions. The Whitewater platform ingests back-up data into its local data cache that scales to multiple terabytes in size. Whitewater performs deduplication, compression, encryption and other optimization techniques before delivering the back-up traffic over the WAN to a cloud-based storage service. Riverbed said its clients often achieve 10-30x reduction in backup traffic over the WAN, thereby making cloud-based back-ups a faster, easier and lower-cost alternative to tape with offsite warehousing. Data restoration is much faster too since the local cache typically stores a majority of the previous 30 days of backed up data.

Riverbed continues to expand its ecosystem with the addition of cloud storage solutions Windows Azure, Rackspace Cloud Files and OpenStack Object Storage (Swift). These solution additions build on the existing support for Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), EMC Atmos®-based cloud storage solutions and Nirvanix Cloud Delivery Network (CDN).

Existing solutions supported by Riverbed are CA ARCserve Backup, EMC NetWorker, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager, Quest vRanger, Symantec's NetBackup and Backup Exec. Joining the list of supported backup software are CommVault Simpana for Backup and Recovery, HP Data Protector and Veeam Backup & Replication.

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