Riverbed Technology is rolling out an overhaul of its Whitewater cloud storage and backup appliance platform.
The company said that the update would bring a new version of its Whitewater OS platform as well as a larger appliance designed for use with large-scale enterprise datacentres.
Among the updates is an expansion of the Whitewater Cloud Storage Gateway appliance. The 3010 model will offer an expanded on-premise capacity of 32TB. Both the 3010 and the 8TB 2010 model will also sport a 25 percent higher data intake rate over previous models.
Additionally, the company is releasing Whitewater OS 2.0. The platform, which will be available as a free update to all customers with a Whitewater appliance, has been re-written with 64bit code and will offer a new user interface.
Designed to function as a bridge between on-premise and cloud-based backup storage services, the Whitewater appliances perform deduplication and encryption processes before synching data with cloud-based services.
Jerome Noll, marketing director for Riverbed's Whitewater Cloud Storage Gateway Business Unit, told V3 that the expanded capacity was part of an effort by the company to press into the large enterprise market.
"Customers are really asking us to provide larger devices," he explained.
"We definitely see a great uptake and interest in where we have been in the past in SMB, but there is definitely that interest in providing for larger data sets."
Noll said that the key components for the enterprise market would be a combination of Whitewater's in-line architecture and the expanded on-board storage capacity.
Because the appliance provides deduplication and encryption processes when the data is received, the built-in storage can be used exclusively to house backup data on-premise and serve backup information without the need to download from the cloud, Riverbed claimed.
"The advantage of Whitewater is that we don't consume any of the cache as a landing zone for the data," he explained.
"Eventually you will consume half of your storage just in landing, it is not as efficient."
The result, said Noll, is dramatically lower recovery times and reduced bandwidth usage over conventional cloud backup and disaster recovery systems.
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