Riverbed Whitewater 2.0 Cloud Storage Handles Larger Loads
This new version of the appliance also marks the launch of the 2.0 version of the Whitewater operating system. The latest OS version was designed for enterprise-grade performance, high scalability and simplified administration.
Jerome Noll, director of Product Marketing for Riverbed’s Whitewater Cloud Storage Gateway business unit, told Talkin’ Cloud version 2.0 has new enterprise manageability features, support for Windows Active Directory and a new management interface that provides greater understanding and depth into the health and status of the Whitewater appliance.
“Whitewater is purpose-built and optimized for the data protection use case,” Noll said. “In comparison to other gateways in the market, we really focused on this backup and data protection use case.”
One of the things Riverbed is aiming to do is start replacing tape backups that many businesses are still using. By transitioning tape backups to the cloud for data protection cases, the company is creating opportunities for channel partners in the storage space to help move their on-premise backups to the cloud.
Riverbed works with cloud storage providers, many of which build managed services around Whitewater. With this latest appliance, the opportunity to provide large amounts of cloud storage as a managed service could be a good opportunity for channel partners serving the enterprise market.
“I think a lot of VARs and other partners are seeing this as a great solution to offer the customer as an additional choice, as well as to wrap some consultative services around figuring out which data sets to migrate to the cloud,” Noll said.
One problem Noll said channel partners can use Whitewater to solve is in helping customers to decide what storage and applications they should consider moving to the cloud. Backup files are really large and are often put on Tier 1 storage when they should be put on lower-cost archival storage, Noll said. He added there’s an opportunity for partners to add services around Whitewater and bring affordable backup storage with very low risk.
“More and more, cloud is going to become a bigger and bigger part of everyone’s revenue stream in the channel,” Noll said.