Riverbed allows edge sites to leverage Microsoft Azure cloud as primary data center or storage tier



Riverbed Technology previewed Monday the Riverbed SteelFusion Azure-Ready Edge, extending the flexibility and benefits of Azure cloud storage out to the edge of the network. By supporting Microsoft Hyper-V as the virtualization engine, the SteelFusion Azure-Ready Edge will give remote locations direct access to the Azure cloud for use as a primary storage tier, allowing data to be provisioned, protected and recovered directly from Azure.

With this new capability, SteelFusion will continue to deliver similar simplicity to complex and costly tasks associated with remote IT operations, and the ability to extend investments in a private data center, the Azure cloud, or a hybrid combination to all edge locations in the business, for better agility, data security, application performance and infrastructure flexibility.

Hybrid architectures are becoming the industry standard as organizations look to address the pain of surging capex models by augmenting, and in some cases replacing, traditional data center architectures with cloud-based infrastructure. But while the cloud promised increased scale and efficiency, it has yet to deliver simplified IT operations at remote sites and branch offices. In fact, the rise of cloud and Internet services has created more complexity and cost associated with managing edge IT. According to ESG, 91 percent of enterprise IT executives responsible for remote or branch office (ROBO) decision-making have indicated the cloud has increased IT management complexity.

Riverbed SteelFusion enables a software-defined edge by bringing together virtualization, storage caching, and WAN optimization into a single hyper-converged infrastructure solution that meets both the needs of the enterprise as well as the needs of branch employees for high-performing applications that simply work so they can do their jobs.

The SteelFusion Azure-Ready Edge addresses the complexity associated with managing hybrid applications and services in remote locations with a software-defined platform that centralizes remote data and operational processes in the cloud or hybrid cloud. It greatly accelerates IT operations such as backup, recovery, and the enabling of new services, including SD-WAN with Riverbed SteelConnect, firewalls, file, print, as well as line-of-business applications at remote locations.

“Over 1,200 enterprises have chosen SteelFusion as an edge IT platform, dramatically streamlining operations for remote business locations. We value our long-standing relationship with Microsoft, and with the SteelFusion Azure-Ready Edge, we will provide joint customers with even more options for managing edge IT,” said Paul O’Farrell, Senior Vice President and General Manager of SteelHead, SteelFusion and SteelConnect at Riverbed. “With this solution, organizations will be able to instantly realize the benefits of using Azure cloud storage wherever they do business.”      

This announcement builds on the SteelFusion March 2016 release, which announced support for Azure through Microsoft StorSimple. SteelFusion is now further expanding upon its cloud momentum and strengthening its relationship with Microsoft with the Azure-Ready Edge.

“As we see more and more enterprises implementing a cloud-first strategy, Microsoft Azure has helped customers achieve the efficiency, scalability and cost savings benefits needed to keep pace in the digital age,” said Tad Brockway, Partner Director Program Management at Microsoft. “With Riverbed SteelFusion, we will be extending the same benefits of the Azure cloud to the edge of the network, which remains a critical component to the ongoing success of the business in today’s distributed IT landscape.”   

Riverbed is also delivering offerings to help companies transition from legacy hardware to a new software-defined and cloud-centric approach to networking, and improve end user experience, allowing enterprises’ digital transformation initiatives to reach their full potential.

Riverbed’s integrated platform delivers the agility, visibility, and performance businesses need to be successful in a cloud and digital world. By leveraging Riverbed’s platform, organizations can deliver apps, data, and services from any public, private, or hybrid cloud across any network to any end-point.

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