Some thoughts on NetApp’s acquisition of Riverbed SteelStore

Here at SNS we are big fans of Riverbed SteelStore (see Riverbed Whitewater Cloud Storage Gateway is now SteelStore for more of our thoughts), but it has always seemed that it is a product that Riverbed are not particularly focused on. The great news is that yesterday NetApp announced that they have acquired the SteelStore product line. Back in 2009 NetApp announced that they had acquired Data Domain for $1.5 billion, only to be gazumped by EMC a few weeks later with an improved offer of $2.1 billion. Since then Data Domain has gone onto dominate the De-duplication Backup Target Appliance market for good reason, as it is an excellent product with proven scalability, reliability and application integration (see EMC Data Domain backup and Continue reading

Our Partner Portfolio

SNS partner with a broad range of leading vendors, but our real value is being able to select from a range of products, match them optimally to a customers requirements and deploy the solution in a timely and efficient manner. To build the best possible solution for a customer we need to select the most appropriate technologies from a number of vendors – maybe VMware for the hypervisor, Dell, HP or Supermicro for servers, EMC, HDS or NetApp for storage, Riverbed for WAN optimisation, Overland for a tape library, CommVault or Veeam for backup and VMware or Citrix for remote application delivery. Read on to learn more about our key technology partners. VMware VMware has been at the heart of transforming the way Continue reading

Riverbed Whitewater Cloud Storage Gateway is now SteelStore

Riverbed has recently gone through the process of bringing consistency to their product names, the ones of most interest to us are the storage solutions – SteelStore (formerly Whitewater) and SteelFusion (formerly Granite). Let’s have a quick re-cap of the capabilities of SteelStore: Eliminating tape is something organisations have wanted to do for many years, but the best most have managed is to only use tape for long-term retention (i.e. month and year-end backups). Removing tape for long-term retention has proved somewhat challenging as even with very sophisticated de-duplication algorithms the cost of disk is simply too high when compared to tape. In recent years we have seen the introduction of cloud storage platforms such as Amazon S3, but even these cannot compete with Continue reading

Eliminate tape with Riverbed Whitewater and Amazon Glacier

Eliminating tape is something organisations have wanted to do for many years, but the best most have managed is to only use tape for long-term retention (i.e. month and year-end backups). Removing tape for long-term retention has proved somewhat challenging as even with very sophisticated de-duplication algorithms the cost of disk is simply too high when compared to tape. In recent years we have seen the introduction of cloud storage platforms such as Amazon S3, but even these cannot compete with the cost of tape. On top of this bandwidth is an issue therefore the time to complete backups and perform restores is almost certainly not going to be acceptable. What is needed is a solution that reduces the amount Continue reading

How do I speed up Salesforce?

Salesforce is becoming a staple for many businesses CRM requirements. Its ability to present clear and concise information in a customisable way has found favour with small and large organisations alike, but it’s not without challenges. One key issue that many clients see is a huge difference in the websites response times. Regularly here in the UK, the performance of the Salesforce interface is fine in the morning but slows down quite distinctly in the afternoon? This can reduce the effectiveness of your workforce AND turn the business against these cost effective SaaS solutions. Ideally we would be able to sit a small ‘Acceleration’ box on our network that can perhaps cache Salesforce content, but as the content changes as it’s Continue reading

Addressing branch office virtualisation, backup and DR challenges with Riverbed Granite

If you need to deploy servers at a branch office then VMware provides a number of options: Single vSphere server with no redundancy Multiple vSphere servers with a storage array Multiple vSphere servers with a vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) Then comes the problem of how do you manage backup and disaster recovery? Over the last few years VMware has added considerable value to the core vSphere product by including Replication and Data Protection technologies as standard. Customers who have invested in Veeam have tended to stick with it’s Backup and Replication technology as it provides a more mature feature set than the VMware offerings. The problem is that no matter which combination of options you go with you still need Continue reading