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Riverbed launches larger Whitewater cloud data backup box

Riverbed rolls out larger Whitewater cloud data backup appliance for enterprises, and upgrades the operating system with better dedupe indexing.

Riverbed Technology today introduced its largest Whitewater cloud data backup appliance and an enhanced Whitewater Operating System (WWOS). The new Whitewater 3010 handles more capacity along with higher ingest rates when backing up data to the cloud.

The company's WWOS 2.0 now has a new 64-bit, Red Hat Linux kernel and it has a deeper integration with Veeam Software's data protection software to allow Whitewater appliances to execute backup jobs from virtual machines. The 3010 appliance can handle up to 160 TB of deduplicated data in the cloud assuming a 15-1 dedupe ratio.

"This is a signal that they are trying to grow the product line similar to the way (EMC's) Data Domain did," said Laura DuBois, vice president of IDC's storage practice. "Data Domain started in the midmarket. Right now, [Riverbed] is in the midmarket and they are positioning to move up market."

The Whitewater 3010 has 32 TB of local disk cache capacity, 64 GB of internal memory, and a maximum ingest rate of 1.5 TB per hour. Riverbed's previous largest model -- the Whitewater 2010 -- has 8 TB of local disk cache capacity and handles up to 40 TB of data in the cloud. It also has 32 GB of internal memory and an ingest rate of 1.25 TB per hour. The 3010 supports 60 TB of weekly full backups, while the 2010 handles 16 TB of weekly full backups.

Whitewater appliances can move backup data off to public cloud providers or into private clouds.

Ray Villeneuve, Riverbed's general manager of cloud storage, said the WWOS also has other enhancements aimed at the enterprise. The operating system indexes deduped data in the appliance and data stored in the cloud, while the previous version only indexed deduped data in the appliance cache.

New management features to the WWOS includes a new graphical user management dashboard that shows status of the appliance, storage, replication status and performance metrics. An intelligent platform management interface (IPMI) helps administrators to centrally manage and monitor Whitewater appliances in remote sites. There is also support for Windows Active Directory.

Villeneuve said Riverbed will continue to focus on using the cloud for backup.

"The use case is clearly backup and restore. That is where we are seeing customers investing," he said. "For the moment, we are very focused on this use case. Customers say this is how they want to leverage the cloud."

Riverbed launched its first Whitewater cloud appliance in Nov. 2010, and brought out the smaller 510 and 710 models in June 2011 while focusing the products more on cloud data backup. The Whitewater lineup now includes the v110 virtual appliance, the 510 and 710 for SMBs and the 2010 and 3010 for the enterprise. A 3010 appliance costs $134,000. The new operating system is available as a free upgrade for all Whitewater appliances.

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