Riverbed Technology, Inc. at Microsoft Ignite 2017, previewed Riverbed SteelFusion Azure-Ready Edge – a technology that will extend Microsoft Azure Cloud storage to the remote network edges.
Riverbed Technology works towards making websites, applications, networks, cloud data centers and remote offices better through hybrid networking, cloud SD-WAN, SaaS, big data and mobile technologies.
With this, the company plans to extend the flexibility and benefits of Azure cloud to the remote and network endpoint users.
SteelFusion will make use of Microsoft Hyper-V as the virtualization platform to give remote locations’ direct access to Azure cloud and will be used as the primary storage tier. This will promote easy provisioning, protection and recovery of data from Azure.
Paul O’Farrell, Senior Vice President and General Manager of SteelHead, SteelFusion and SteelConnect at Riverbed said, “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.”
He further added, “With this solution, organizations will be able to instantly realize the benefits of using Azure cloud storage wherever they do business.”
Riverbed SteelFusion, per the company, is the first and only SD (Software-defined)-Edge solution that has the capability to deliver local performance along with data convergence and lower total-cost-of-ownership(TCO) for distributed organizations.
It makes use of a technology that delivers modern, cloud-like experience to those organizations that have to repeatedly manage complex and ROBO (Remote office branch office) locations. Thus, it permits remote storage, networking and backup infrastructure to be converged into a single appliance with a response time similar to that of a local storage.
Tad Brockway, Partner Director Program Management at Microsoft said that Microsoft Azure has always supported its customers and enterprises implementing a cloud-first strategy achieve more efficiency, scalability and cost savings benefits that are essential to keep pace in the digitally evolving world.
He further added, “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.”
The SteelFusion Azure Ready Edge will be highly useful for complex workloads managing hybrid applications and services in ROBO locations with a SD platform that can centralize remote data and other operational processes in a cloud or hybrid cloud environment.
Riverbed is previewing the product at currently ongoing Microsoft Ignite Conference in Orlando, Florida.