Riverbed Takes Aim at Virtual Traffic Acceleration
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The VMware vCloud Connector is a new tool that helps to orchestrate and administer the migration of VMs across different data centers and clouds. Integrating vCloud Connector with Riverbed's Steelhead WAN optimization appliances goes a step further to accelerate VM migration traffic.
"Now when an organization is moving hundreds or thousands of VMs from one location to another multiple times a day, that traffic can now have the same acceleration that Riverbed provides for any other traffic type," Miles Kelly, senior director of Product Marketing at Riverbed, told InternetNews.com.
One of the primary techniques that Riverbed uses to help accelerate traffic is by way of de-duplication and removing redundant bits of information. As it turns out, with VM traffic there is a lot that de-duplication can offer to improve overall network performance. Kelly noted that VM traffic in some cases is highly redundant. In some initial tests conducted by Riverbed they found that VM transfers that previously took 132 minutes to move, only took 45 seconds once de-duplication was applied.
New entry-level Steelhead hardware
In addition to the VMware optimization, Riverbed this week also announced new entry level Steehead appliances. The Steelhead 150 is available as both a physical box and as a virtual appliance at the bottom end of the Riverbed portfolio.