Riverbed is expanding the reach of its Steelhead wide area network (WAN) datacentre optimisation platform.
The company said that it will soon be introducing an update to its Steelhead EX appliance which will bring support for the VMware vSphere platform.
The move expands on a partnership between the two firms and allows companies to further consolidate the hardware requirements of branch office locations.
The company said that the edition of vSphere support allows firms to centrally manage machines with vCenter tools and, when paired with the Granite storage platform, gives companies a way to serve entire servers through the WAN appliance as a virtualised instance.
Miles Kelly, senior director of product marketing for Riverbed Steelhead, told V3 the expansion would allow firms to remove server and storage hardware from branch offices and instead provide facilities with a virtualised server instance which can be hosted from a central datacentre.
"As organisations have begun to continue to invest in virtualisation technology within the datacentre, what we have found is a lot want to extend the same investment they are making in the datacentre to include the branch office," said Kelly.
"We are helping organisations extend the virtual datacentre to include virtual infrastructure out in the branch."
The release is part of a larger overhaul to the Steelhead platform which will also include a new version of the RiOS operating system and a pair of hardware appliances which will boast full SSD storage and higher bandwidth and connectivity.
Riverbed is also planning to update the Steelhead Mobile platform. The company said the 4.0 update would dramatically expand capacity for the mobile Steelhead platform to support more than 120,000 individual users.
"This is helping organisations from a management standpoint," Kelly said.
"As organisations grow and as mobile grows, they want to extend that optimisation up to the very edge of their networks."
Riverbed plans to release all of the updates and appliances over the course of the fourth quarter of the year.
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