Riverbed has unveiled a converged infrastructure solution for what it calls "the branch of the future."
SteelFusion 4.0 will enable "zero IT" at the branch by virtualising and consolidating 100 per cent of a client's data and servers from remote sites into datacentres. It also centralises data security and IT management, and claims that it does this without losing the benefits of running branch services locally.
Riverbed claims the new SteelFusion will allow customers to remove all servers, storage, and backup from remote sites; enabling instant provisioning and recovery; providing complete security and visibility.
It also introduces new FusionSync for seamless branch continuity, which it claims will ensures that all branch data is accessible across private and hybrid Cloud environments, providing the ability to withstand and recover from data centre failures.
Riverbed senior vice president and general manager, SteelFusion and SteelHead product groups, Paul O'Farrell, said, branches were 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,” he said.
“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."
SteelFusion incorporates a new SteelFusion Edge platform to support larger branch offices.
The new SteelFusion Edge platform delivers four times the memory for virtual machines topping at 256GB to run a greater number of local workloads at larger branch offices and regional hubs.
The three models in the new SteelFusion Edge platform also feature Advanced Tiering Cache that complements the existing write cache with solid-state disk read functionality.
SteelFusion 4.0 is expected to be generally available in May 2015.