Riverbed's updated Granite to bring more power to branch sites

The hardware and software platform lets enterprises centralize operations while maintaining local caches

By , IDG News Service |  Storage

Most cloud implementations are centered on established SaaS (software as a service) applications such as email and customer relationship management, said Enterprise Strategy Group analyst Bob Laliberte. The long tail of specialized or internally developed applications, including ones used in manufacturing, mining, oil and gas exploration, haven't made the leap to SaaS and may never, he said. Other fields, such as law and government, don't want their data stored out in a cloud.

"There are definitely organizations moving toward and leveraging cloud computing, and they're doing it for specific applications," Laliberte said. "And there's probably just as many or more industries that have certain applications that just aren't cloud ready yet, and they need to still be hosted by that organization."

The increased power and capacity in the new edge appliance is the biggest improvement in Granite and will make it useful to more enterprises, Laliberte said. "After they had announced this and started talking to people, they realized they needed more horsepower," he said.

The Steelhead EX 1360 and the new Granite 2.5 software are expected to be available in the third quarter. The Granite Edge platform for branches starts at a list price of US$7,495, and Granite Core for data centers starts at $7,995.

Stephen Lawson covers mobile, storage and networking technologies for The IDG News Service. Follow Stephen on Twitter at @sdlawsonmedia. Stephen's e-mail address is stephen_lawson@idg.com

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