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Data creep exists for several reasons and prevents customers from fully utilizing the performance provided by WAN optimization technology such as Riverbed's Steelhead appliances, said Kelly, adding that this is the first opportunity companies have to eliminate it.
Customers are looking for technology that can help solve issues related to managing data at the edge, said David Hekimian, CTO of Trace 3, an Irvine, Calif.-based solution provider that worked with Riverbed to develop Granite.
Customers who take advantage of Steelhead appliances to run VMware virtualized servers in remote locations instead of physical servers still run into the issue of managing the storage attached to those virtual machines, which can be solved with Granite, he said.
"One great end-user case for Granite is VDI," he said. "Users can connect to their data via Granite Edge, but that data remains stored in the central location."
Trace 3 already has implemented a cloud infrastructure based on Riverbed Granite, Hekimian said. That infrastructure consists of Cisco UCS servers and networking, NetApp storage, and Granite Core sitting in the switch data center in Las Vegas.
Customers deploy Granite Edge to connect them to Granite Core, which allows them to grow their remote infrastructures as needed while getting high availability, redundancy and scalability, he said.
"Customers can try it for 30 days by putting Granite Edge in a remote location without the need to deploy a bunch of hardware in the data center," he said. "And Riverbed doesn't need to deploy all that hardware for a proof-of-concept. This lets us prove the solution with a minimal cost."
With Trace 3's Riverbed Granite cloud, customers have time to evaluate the architecture, Hekimian said.
"We're taking a lot of paradigms and shifting them all at once," he said. "We're saying,'Let's not do this too quickly.' We'll let customers see how long it takes to boot a virtual machine over a WAN."