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Riverbed debuts SteelFusion 4.2

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Riverbed Technology has announced Riverbed SteelFusion 4.2 will support VMware vSphere 6. The support for VMware vSphere in SteelFusion 4.2 builds upon the long-standing partnership between the two companies, delivering superior business agility, information security and application performance to mutual customers across their remote and branch office (ROBO) locations.
Riverbed SteelFusion is a hyper-converged infrastructure solution that centralises 100% of data and physical servers from remote sites into data centres without compromising local performance and availability of applications at ROBO locations. This enables IT to extend the security, resiliency and efficiency of infrastructure managed in centralised data centres out to every remote location where business is conducted – including regional offices, local stores, banks, manufacturing plants, hospitals, government centres, law firms and other locations – resulting in greater agility, less risk and reduced costs to the business.  Today’s release follows the April SteelFusion 4.0 release, in which the hardware platforms were completely updated and redesigned to deliver increased performance and scalability for remote sites and regional hubs of all sizes.
“IDC recently completed an extensive lab validation of the Riverbed SteelFusion solution, in which we observed its tight integration with the VMware ecosystem, including vSphere and VMware vCentre Server,” says Rohit Mehra, vice-president: Network Infrastructure at IDC. “VMware customers using SteelFusion will now have the unique ability to provision new branch services and sites with ease and agility, directly from a centralised data centre without affecting user experience in remote locations. IDC also believes VMware Horizon running on SteelFusion is a notable differentiating feature that increases business agility.”
“Riverbed and VMware have partnered closely over the years to provide our customers with IT infrastructure that is flexible and easy to use. Our partnership and support from Riverbed provides a powerful platform that can exceed our mutual customers’ business needs,” says Howard Hall, senior director: Global Technology Partner Organisation  at VMware. “With SteelFusion and VMware vSphere 6, the leading virtualisation platform, branch offices are empowered to increase agility without compromising user productivity.”