Riverbed is looking to expand the release of its Granite wide-area network (WAN) optimisation platform.
The company said that its Granite 2.5 release would allow customers to better support backup and archiving operations by adding support for fibre channel networking and expanding the capacity for on-premise hardware.
Designed for branch offices and remote location deployments, Granite serves as a bridge between on-premise storage systems and remote backup and archiving systems. Using internal storage, the appliance sits on a remote office as a local storage and backup device, then regularly sends data to a home office data centre for backup and archiving.
The 2.5 release will seek to expand storage and open the platform to higher-demand applications by offering a 10TB storage capacity. In doing so, the platform will be able to not only support applications that require more storage but also serve remote locations that may periodically experience service disruptions with their home office connections.
Jerome Noll, Riverbed marketing director, told V3 that because many Granite customers use the appliance as a local cache for frequently accessed data sets, the 10TB appliances could in many cases be used to manage storage deployments as large as 30-50TB.
Other updates for Granite will include new storage management and snapshot tools that allow administrators to better manage remote storage hardware and application deployments.
The company is also looking to extend networking capability for Granite. With the 2.5 release, the appliances will now support fibre channel networking in addition to internet small computer system interface (iSCSI). By adding the additional networking protocol, the company said that the reach will help to expand Granite's compatbility to some 90 percent of the storage space.
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