Riverbed Technology, the leading application performance infrastructure provider, has announced Riverbed SteelFusion 4.0, a hyper-converged infrastructure solution for branch offices of enterprises.
The SteelFusion 4.0 makes the branch of the future a reality by combining best-in-class WAN optimization, virtualization and storage delivery into one branch IT solution. This enables zero IT at the branch by virtualizing and consolidating 100 percent of data and servers from remote sites into data centers, centralizing data security and IT management without losing the benefits of running branch services locally.
“Branches are the front lines of business with increasing IT needs. However, the answer to delivering customer-centric business is not to introduce more IT complexity and infrastructure, but to rethink branch IT,” said Paul O’Farrell, Senior Vice President and General Manager, SteelFusion and SteelHead Product Groups, Riverbed. “With SteelFusion 4.0, Riverbed delivers the branch of the future with a zero branch IT solution that eliminates the challenges of supporting remote sites. This means getting all of the infrastructure — servers, storage and backup — out of the branch and centralized into the data center. By doing so, companies gain the agility to instantly provision new services and apps and to recover data in minutes versus days. This also means data security and control with full visibility, ensuring business continuity, and that apps perform as if local. The SteelFusion 4.0 delivers on all these promises and more”, adds O’Farrell.
In SteelFusion 4.0, the hardware platforms have been completely updated and redesigned to deliver increased performance and scalability for remote sites and regional hubs of all sizes. The SteelFusion 4.0 also introduces new FusionSync for seamless branch continuity. The FusionSync ensures that all branch data is accessible across private and hybrid cloud environments, providing the ability to withstand and recover from data center failures with zero downtime. Now, with SteelFusion 4.0, enterprises can deploy a single hyper-converged solution to centralize all branch office data and applications in the data center as well as leverage the cloud for continuity, resulting in dramatic increases in data security, business continuity and agility, operational efficiency and application performance.
An average of over 50 percent of enterprise employees are based at branch offices—
meaning that if branch applications don’t perform, branch workers can’t work and business is lost with direct impacts to the top and bottom line. Branch offices, remote locations and store fronts are critical for local customer engagement, but they require IT staff to support many islands of infrastructure that are costly and inefficient to maintain and yet necessary to meet local performance and reliability needs. Today, 50 percent of company data and intellectual property still lives outside the data center, leaving it unprotected, open to compromise and data breaches. Backup processes are cumbersome and data recovery is time-consuming or even futile without qualified IT staff at most branches, not to mention the challenges of provisioning new services or applications in an agile world. These activities, and others that support branch IT operations, consume 50 percent of IT budgets.