Riverbed (NASDAQ:RVBD) wants to help enterprises consolidate their operations without duplicating much between the edge of the network and the data center. To that end, the networking vendor is introducing a new architectural approach called, Edge Virtual Server Infrastructure (edge-VSI). Edge-VSI is powered by a new hardware series called Granite, as well as a new set of Steelhead WAN optimization appliances that can run Granite as a virtual service.
Miles Kelly, senior director of product marketing at Riverbed explained to InternetNews.com that with Granite, an enterprise can access data that resides in a data center as though it were local.
“Edge-VSI is a data center, centric view of the world where we’re helping more organizations achieve their goal of having everything live in the data center,” Kelly said. “Edge-VSI is analogous to what VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) did for desktops.”
Kelly noted that with VDI, desktops live in the data center and such branches don’t need to keep everything on-site. With the Edge-VSI approach, branch storage all resides in the data center and is then projected out to the branch.
“What Steelhead does with CIF based optimization is the ability to handle and anticipate how the CIF protocol works for a file open or save request, that all happens up at the application level,” Kelly said. “What we’re adding with Granite Edge-VSI, is providing optimization at the block level.”