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TMCNet:  RIVERBED RELEASES GRANITE 2.6 FOR INSTANT BRANCH RECOVERY, SUPPORTING MORE BRANCHES AND BIGGER DATA SETS WITH EVEN BETTER DATA PROTECTION [Mid-East.Info]

[January 26, 2014]

RIVERBED RELEASES GRANITE 2.6 FOR INSTANT BRANCH RECOVERY, SUPPORTING MORE BRANCHES AND BIGGER DATA SETS WITH EVEN BETTER DATA PROTECTION [Mid-East.Info]

(Mid-East.Info Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Key Enhancements Include 2x Higher Capacity Models and Enhanced Snapshot Control with New Integrated Support for IBM Storwize V7000 Arrays DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: Riverbed Technology, the leader in application performance infrastructure, today announced Riverbed® Granite® 2.6, with new features that support more branches, bigger data sets, and additional enterprise-class storage solutions, including IBM Storwize® V7000.  Riverbed Granite is a branch converged infrastructure solution, unique on the market, which centralizes branch data in the data center while delivering local performance to branch users.  With Granite, businesses can restore operations in a matter of minutes vs. days, centrally protect and secure data, and significantly lower the TCO of branch and remote offices.  InfoWorld has recognized Granite as a unique solution to a widespread problem with back-to-back Technology of the Year Awards in 2013 and 2014.


"Organizations have an average of 55 branches for every data center and therefore managing business data across the globe is next to impossible. Organizations need better ways to protect data in remote places, faster ways to recover branches after disasters, and lower-cost ways to manage these critical operations," said John Martin, senior vice president and general manager, Storage Delivery at Riverbed. "Granite is a unique and powerful solution to this universal problem, centralizing data for higher security, instant disaster recovery, and dramatically lower TCO. With our new Granite 2.6 release, we now support more branches with double the capacity and bigger data sets, resulting in even lower costs and higher security." "We have Riverbed Granite in all of our remote locations," said Jerry Vigil, director IT operations, Bill Barrett Corporation. "Our users get great local performance and my IT staff is able to manage data centrally with the added plus of having a solid, faster disaster recovery capability.  I'm already a happy user. The fact that Granite 2.6 delivers even more ways to simplify management and protect data affirms that we made the right choice for our branch infrastructure." What's New in Granite 2.6 Enhanced Snapshot Support for Enterprise-Class Storage Solutions. New snapshot integration capabilities in Riverbed Granite 2.6 provide application-consistent data protection with a greater number of data center storage arrays. A snapshot records the state of a storage device at a particular point in time, accelerating recovery for branch servers and data and minimizing the impact of outages or data failures.

   •  IBM Storwize® V7000 Snapshot Support – Integrated support for IBM Storwize V7000 arrays enables configuration and coordination of branch data snapshots in the data center. IBM customers now get seamless end-to-end data protection for applications running in branch offices and can use existing datacenter backup solutions like IBM Tivoli Storage Manager and Symantec NetBackup.

   •  Snapshot Handoff Framework – The snapshot handoff framework introduces a script-execution interface used to orchestrate snapshot operations for storage arrays for which Granite-integrated snapshot control is not currently available.

Higher Capacity Virtual Granite Core (VGC) Models. The new Virtual Granite Core 1500 (VGC-1500) series delivers greater capacity for Virtual Granite Core deployments, scaling to support more branches and larger datasets. The VGC-1500 series, enabled with Granite 2.6 software, includes two new model licenses:    •  VGC-1500-L supporting 30 branches and up to 20TB    •  VGC-1500-M supporting 30 branches and up to 35TB Granite is an integral part of the Riverbed Application Performance Platform™, a set of integrated solutions that give companies the flexibility to host applications and data in the locations that best serve the business while ensuring the flawless delivery of those apps to better leverage global resources, radically reduce the cost of running their business, and maximize employee productivity.

Availability Granite 2.6 and the VGC-1500 Series are available immediately.

About Riverbed: Riverbed is the leader in Application Performance Infrastructure, delivering the most complete platform for Location-Independent Computing. Location-Independent Computing turns location and distance into a competitive advantage by allowing IT to have the flexibility to host applications and data in the most optimal locations while ensuring applications perform as expected, data is always available when needed, and performance issues are detected and fixed before end users notice. Riverbed’s 24,000+ customers include 97% of the Fortune 100 and 95% of the Forbes Global 100. Learn more at www.riverbed.com.

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