Riverbed Debuts Steelhead DX Edition 8000 Series WAN Family

The series provides optimizations for data replication applications such as NetApp SnapMirror and EMC Symmetrix Remote Data Facility (SRDF).

Application performance infrastructure specialist Riverbed Technology announced the expansion of its Steelhead wide area network (WAN) optimization product family, offering the Steelhead DX Edition 8000 Series to address the specialized needs of datacenter-to-datacenter data replication workloads.

Supporting up to 2 Gbps of optimized WAN capacity and up to 10 Gbps of optimized local area network (LAN) capacity while optimizing up to 10,000 TCP and UDP application flows, the series delivers helps accelerating data transfers over long distance.

In addition, the series provides optimizations for data replication applications such as NetApp SnapMirror and EMC Symmetrix Remote Data Facility (SRDF), providing enhanced performance, enhanced visibility and fine-grain control of data replication processes end-to-end across the WAN.

"Maintaining fast and predictable WAN performance into and between datacenters has become critical for many of today’s enterprises," Brad Casemore, research director at IT research firm IDC, said in a statement. "Protecting data within and across multiple data centers is essential to keeping a business online and operational. The challenge is doing so without generating ever increasing operational cost and risk, even as data sets and replication workloads continue to increase."

The company said to transfer and protect more data more often, organizations must ensure fast and predictable WAN performance despite common WAN performance impairments, including high latency, packet loss, limited bandwidth and competition among applications.

"The Steelhead product family is already the most complete WAN optimization solution in the market, and with this announcement we added another important and business-critical use case," Paul O’Farrell, senior vice president and general manager of the Steelhead products group for Riverbed, said in a statement.

Riverbed pioneered WAN optimization in 2004 with innovations for application and data streamlining across the WAN and Internet to deliver an improved end-user experience regardless of location, network or device while also helping to reduce network bandwidth.

"The new Steelhead DX Edition eliminates distance between datacenters as a barrier to achieving true location-independent computing, which in this case means that data can be moved, stored and backed-up regardless of where facilities are located, but with performance similar to a local area network," O’Farrell continued.

Riverbed also offers a complete platform to help organizations to embrace location-independent computing. The company’s Application Performance Platform is a set of integrated solutions that give companies the ability to host applications and data in the locations that best serve the business while ensuring the delivery of those apps to better leverage global resources.