Riverbed expands data storage suite with new Granite 2.5

Application performance firm Riverbed Technology has announced an expansion of its Granite data consolidation range.

Granite 2.5 is the latest addition to the line, and armed with expanded capacity, is targeted at large branch offices. Unlike its predecessors, the software supports Fibre Channel as well as iSCSI, meaning Granite will now support over 90 per cent of the current enterprise-class storage array market.

Research suggests that almost 70 per cent of enterprises chose to deploy Fibre Channel-based storage solution in 2013, due to its quick, low latency transport capabilities and ability to interconnect multiple storage devices.

Granite 2.5 can also be hosted on the new Steelhead EX 1360 model appliance. Together, they offer an "enterprise-class solution" for server and data consolidation.

Granite software is designed to help businesses of all sizes remove servers and data from offices and instead store everything in a remote datacentre. This in turn can lower the costs associated with IT management, make valuable data more secure and allows branches to eliminate backup and recovery systems.

According to a Gartner survey posted in January 2013, CIOs place reducing enterprise costs, and improving IT infrastructure and efficiency amongst their top 10 business priorities. Riverbed claims Granite 2.5 will tackle all of these issues head-on.

"We see the expanded flexibility of Granite 2.5 in the datacentre as a big win - both from a storage and a data protection standpoint," said Mike Rinken, director of IT at Mazzetti. "We can consolidate even more data and still make sure branch users get the local performance they need to be effective."

Granite 2.5 and Steelhead EX 1360 model appliances are expected to launch in the third quarter of this year.

Last month, we sat with Riverbed's Paul Coates, who talked to us about how cloud computing is changing IT application delivery.