Mar 27, 2013
Most storage professionals understand the importance of offsite data replication, but until now, have been handcuffed by the network when attempting to extend the distance of their replication workloads. In fact, a recent study confirmed that 72% of organizations want to replicate more data to an offsite location, but among those, 66% acknowledge being limited by the wide area network (WAN).
But it’s more than just the inherent network bandwidth, distance and quality challenges that keep storage admins from replicating more data over distance. After all, WAN optimization solutions from Silver Peak, Riverbed, and others have been available for years. The real gap lies in the perceived complexity of “deploying” WAN optimization technology, and in larger organizations with the barriers that exist between storage and networking departments.
Today, Silver Peak bridges that gap. Taking a page out the old Home Depot “You can do it. We can help.” slogan, Silver Peak has introduced a new family of do-it-yourself (DIY) downloadable software products purpose-built for the IT storage professional. The new Silver Peak VRX-2, VRX-4 and VRX-8 software products are part of Silver Peak’s Velocity initiative, combining data acceleration technology with flexible pricing to deliver 20x faster long-distance replication performance (on average) for Dell, EMC, HDS and NetApp replication products.
“A customer might have a four- or eight-hour recovery point objective (RPO) and because of network constraints is finding it takes 12, 24 or even 36 hours to complete their replication. They end up missing their RPO,” noted Everett Dolgner, director of replication product management for Silver Peak. “Silver Peak VRX software puts the power and control of data acceleration in the hands of storage administrators, and in less than 20 minutes, enables them to easily shrink their RPO, lower disaster recovery costs and extend the distance between replication sites.”
This marks a fundamental shift in how data acceleration technology is delivered and marketed, with a focus on the specific needs of the storage admin. Silver Peak understands these needs from its close partnerships and longstanding relationships with storage leaders Dell, EMC, HDS, and NetApp. It starts by recognizing that storage pros have a different set of success metrics. ROI isn’t measured by “throughput” or “megabits-per-second,” but in data mobility terms like “terabytes-per-hour” and “shrinking RPOs.”
Silver Peak has embraced this on its software marketplace, where these new replication acceleration products can be downloaded and evaluated for 30 days at no cost. The new VRX products use real-time optimization techniques to maximize replication performance over any existing WAN infrastructure. The software deploys seamlessly into any replication environment and runs on all standard hypervisors, including VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer and KVM. Silver Peak has validated the replication performance of these products with all asynchronous IP-based replication solutions from Dell, EMC, HDS, NetApp and a list of others.
Mahmoud Harb with CareerBuilder.com has experienced the benefits of Silver Peak’s approach first-hand. Harb notes, “Silver Peak is rock solid and pushing data at the speed of light over low-cost 1 Gig WAN links. To get the same result without Silver Peak, you would need three private 10 Gig links between Atlanta and Chicago at a cost of $15K per month, per connection.”
Tom Robertson, CTO at Charter Bank cites, “Silver Peak enabled us to reduce our replication times from 24 hours to 8 hours over our existing WAN infrastructure.”
Silver Peak is committed to simplicity and transparency with the new VRX virtual software. Deployments take less than 20 minutes and require no special networking expertise. Storage administrators can deploy the software by downloading the desired VRX software from the Silver Peak marketplace, installing the software in the same locations as the source and target devices on the hypervisor of their choice, and redirecting traffic to the VRX from the source and target storage devices with a few simple commands.