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  • Much like the healthcare system, we’re in the business of diagnose and cure. All our products—and there are a lot of them—do one or the otherPreventionsCheck upsTesting & Diagnostic equipmentDr. VisitsPrescriptions and Interventions and CuresPrognosis
  • Virtualize everything.It got me thinking: Why? Why would this person want to virtualize everything? What did he see that I—that we at Riverbed—did not? It didn’t take long to figure out what he was talking about.
  • But maybe the most telling finding was what they discovered about the network itself: in two years, 50% of network schemes will start to suffer from degraded application performance, causing high levels of user dissatisfaction. Why is this?Because the 80/20 rule is about to be flipped on its head. [elucidate]
  • In a recent Forester survey of 207 IT leaders, over half of those surveyed indicated that 50% or more of their data stored in branch offices. <CLICK>The same survey reflects that only 13% of organizations indicate they are fully consolidated in the data center – and only 8% in the branch.This illustrates the opportunity for Granite – to help organizations bring this data into the data center where it can be controlled and protected.
  • Organizations worldwide have set out on a mission to consolidate their IT infrastructure - both within the data center itself, but also from branch and remote locations. There are some primary goals and outcomes that these organizations are looking for when consolidating to the data center. This includes:Lowering IT costs – both from an equipment and a manpower perspectiveTo reduce risk by ensuring that valuable corporate data instead of living in isolated locations around the globe is centralized, secure and protectedAnd ultimately this is all about gaining better control over valuable corporate data – and better control of the business.Riverbed has been in the center of this trend. With Steelhead we have helped customers ensure performance of applications and cut bandwidth usage once applications have consolidated from the branch to the data center or cloud.
  • Why servers, storage and backup remain typically comes down to performance and the need to ensure that if the WAN link goes down user productivity is not impacted.Also - many of our customers and prospects have applications within the branch that simply don’t work well across the WAN. These are things that defy WAN optimization – including Write-intensive applications that generate a lot of data and large files – things like Access databases or CAD applications – or PST file management – and also custom applications that use unique protocols. And in other cases it is simply a political decision – “server huggers” who do not want their local server taken to another location.
  • Despite significant consolidation with optimization by technologies like Steelhead Wan op, a lot of IT infrastructure is left behind in the branch and remote offices.
  • Lots of overhead at the branch. Granite provides relief. Don’t stop at the server or even the storage. Our approach is not replacement – it is improvement (BETTER) and touches all these areas.
  • Gartner states that the cost of managing storage is at least 3-5 times the cost of acquiring the physical storageStorage hardware and staffing is estimated to be 10% of an org’s IT budget
  • I’m very happy to introduce to you a new architectural approach that does for edge servers - outside of the data center - what virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) did for desktops: and that is to allow IT to consolidate and manage all edge servers in the data center. This new approach - edge virtual server infrastructure (Edge-VSI) is delivered by our new product Riverbed Granite. Granite solves the problem at the block level – and does what was previously thought impossible: it allows storage to be decoupled from its server over thousands of miles of distance—and actually work as if the storage were local to the server. A user in Paris, for example, can access a virtual server in Paris, which in turn accesses data over 4000 miles away in Chicago and the experience is as if it is all local. Granite effectively projects data center storage from the data center to the branch enable global enterprises to achieve complete consolidation of edge applications, servers and storage to the data center.User gets uncompromised performance– and IT is able to manage it all within the four walls of the data center.
  • Script:Server consolidation with Virtual Edge – local compute, centralize dataConsolidate data of existing serversVirtualize and consolidate VMsSome of the benefits and use cases:Consolidate and backup from data centerPull in all server VMs to a centralized repositoryReduce setup/recovery in branchIncreased data security
  • Available as dedicated “Granite-only” appliance or as an option on a Steelhead EX appliance
  • And here’s a closer look at the magic of what Granite is really doing. One of the challenges of storage protocols at the block level working across the WAN is that block-level access tends to be very random – which at the local level with no latency is OK – but as soon as you introduce a bit of latency – as in – across the WAN – it breaks down. Applications have no tolerance for delays in response from block-based storage.But we’ve cracked the code at Riverbed with Granite because we have engineered a way to provide file system-aware block-based acceleration. By this awareness we can then from a read perspective predict block usage and understand the range of random blocks that required when opening a file. And at the local level – meaning at the branch we Granite has an authoritative read cache which ensures that data is present and delivered at LAN speed. And on the write-side – Granite accelerates block writes – once again providing fast local write access with writeback to the data center – and because the local Granite device is authoritative – it alone owns the data – the data that is streamed back to the data center and consistency issues are eliminated.
  • As mentioned, Granite Edge caches data for use at the edge and there are two modes available for this functionality. One is to cache the working set of data. The working set is defined as the active data blocks that have been requested at the edge. Our customers estimate that 80% of the time they are accessing 20% of their data. Granite is able to maintain the most frequently used blocks locally. Any block “misses” meaning requests for blocks that aren’t already at the edge are quickly retrieved from the data center. With the right sizing, its expected that encountering block misses over time will be very few.The other available options is to Pin a LUN to the branch. When you pin the LUN, you can prepopulate the edge with 100% of the data so it is always local for every end user and application at the edge – yet is safely secure – including any changes in the data center. This is the mode that best supports the concept of disconnected operations – in other words, enabling work when the WAN is down – because it ensures all data is available to support the branch.
  • A single (or HA paired) Granite Core in the DC can server many branches from the centralized storage array.
  • Works the same whether you are using Granite or not
  • The benefits of Granite are highlighted here. This includes:Control – where data is secured centrally. This is one of the primary goals of IT organizations and Granite helps ensure that IT gets control without breaking the user experience in the branch. In the branch itself, the data projected from the data center is encrypted, eliminating concerns about security of data at the edge.Management is much easier – why – because its all now part of the main data center best practices. Storage for edge locations can be easily and more accurately provisioned. Over time if edge storage requirements grow, additional storage can be provisioned simply from the central location. Its no longer necessary to have an IT person visit a remote location. Backup is also now possible from the data center – and because data is continually and consistently streamed from the branch to the data center – customers improve their recovery point objectives – and in the reverse, recovery times are improved because it is not necessary to perform time consuming restores. Granite easily streams required data to the branch which improves recovery times.And from a cost standpoint, Granite can help reduce or eliminate hardware and software – and eliminate the need to backup in the branch. Customers gain better use of the tools and equipment that they’ve invested in to support consolidation at the data center – all to support now the broader business. And there is also a real impact in terms of reducing IT personnel requirements – all of which is savings to business.
  • http://www.riverbed.com/us/customers/Alamos_Gold.phpAlamos Gold
  • http://www.forbes.com/sites/bmoharrisbank/2012/12/20/client-privilege-drives-it-consolidation/
  • Riverbed Granite

    1. 1. Branch Consolidation A New Architectural Approach Chun Wui (chunwui@riverbed.com) Technical Consultant ©2013 Riverbed Technology. All rights reserved. Riverbed and any Riverbed product or service name or logo used herein are trademarks of Riverbed Technology. All other trademarks used herein belong to their respective owners. The trademarks and logos displayed herein may not be used without the prior written consent of Riverbed Technology or their respective owners. 2
    2. 2. What does Riverbed do? Performance Management Performance Acceleration ―Diagnose + Cure‖ IT Performance Riverbed Confidential
    3. 3. ―Virtualize Everything‖ Riverbed Confidential
    4. 4. 80% of end-user traffic will move to the WAN end – user dissatisfaction and failure to meet business needs Riverbed Confidential
    5. 5. How Much Data is at the Edge? 50%+ outside the data center! Forrester Consulting, October 2011 “Successfully Consolidating Branch-Office Infrastructure in the Face of More Users, Services, and Devices” Riverbed Confidential
    6. 6. THE IT WANT — CONSOLIDATION Control Lower Costs VM VM VM VM VM VM VM VM VM VM VM VM Reduced Risk DATA CENTER Riverbed Confidential
    7. 7. Why Do Servers & Storage Remain? • Want local • Write-intensive performance apps • Need to work when • Custom apps the WAN is down • It’s political… Riverbed Confidential
    8. 8. The State of Branch Consolidation Steelhead Steelhead WAN optimization accelerates access to consolidated applications BRANCH OFFICE #1 WAN Steelhead BRANCH OFFICE #2 Steelhead DATA CENTER (PRIVATE CLOUD) Steelhead Yet servers, applications – and backup – are left behind. BRANCH OFFICE #3 Riverbed Confidential
    9. 9. The Hidden Costs of Branch IT Server/Storage Hardware & Software Server/Storage Management Backup Hardware & Software Backup Media & Vaulting Backup Management User Experience & Productivity Copyright Riverbed Technology 11 Riverbed Confidential
    10. 10. Once Consolidated – Bandwidth/Latency/Protocol are Key Issues  Limited WAN bandwidth for sharing – IOPS can’t Help Clients Servers 128Kbps to T1.5Mbps Clients  Application-level and TCPlevel protocol Chattiness IOPS Can’t Help Servers 100s to 1000s of round trips Clients  High Latency Just Physics – IOPS can’t Help Servers 30ms to 250ms+ RTT Riverbed Confidential
    11. 11. Problems you face when leaving Infrastructure at the Branch No Control Management Backup/Recovery Unsecured data at Branches Difficult to provision Less reliable backup Remote and vulnerable Difficult to support Slow restore Cost $ - Hardware $ - Software $ - IT personnel Riverbed Confidential
    12. 12. The Solution InfoWorld 2013 Technology of the Year - Granite Riverbed Confidential
    13. 13. What if you could vacuum up branch data? And still deliver local branch performance? Riverbed Confidential
    14. 14. Granite Innovation removes critical storage from branches VM VM VM VM VM VM WAN BRANCH DATA CENTER / PRIVATE CLOUD • Decouple storage and compute • Consolidate edge servers and data to the data center • Project servers and data to the branch • Ensure local performance – even if the WAN goes down Riverbed Confidential
    15. 15. Steelhead vs. Granite – Compare/Contrast Steelhead – WAN Optimization Solve Problem at Application Level Application Server and Storage WAN Steelhead Steelhead Granite – Edge Virtual Server Infrastructure Solve problem at Block Level – decoupling server and storage Application Server Storage WAN Steelhead EX + Granite Granite Core Riverbed Confidential
    16. 16. WHAT IF YOU COULD VACUUM UP EDGE DATA? Consolidate servers & storage Get rid of remote backup Secure edge data Riverbed Confidential
    17. 17. Your Data Centralization Opportunity – with Granite CUSTOMER BENEFITS 5 TB Steelhead Steelhead BRANCH OFFICE #1 5 TB Steelhead BRANCH OFFICE #1 5 TB Steelhead 5 TB Steelhead Steelhead 5 TB 50 TB Centralize WAN Steelhead BRANCH OFFICE #1 BRANCH OFFICE #1 5 TB 4. 5. 6. Consolidate Branch Data to DC – Save Cost, Reduce Risk Leverage DR strategy at DC – Better RTO/RPO Centralize backup at DC – Save Cost, Simplify Backup/Restore, Increase Reliability Leverage IT resources at DC – Improve Efficiency & Reduce IT Cost Encrypt Data at rest and inline – Better Security Deduplication, WAN Acceleration, Thin Provision – Performance & Reduce Costs BRANCH OFFICE #1 BRANCH OFFICE #1 5 TB Steelhead BRANCH OFFICE #1 BRANCH OFFICE #1 5 TB 5 TB 1. 2. 3. DATA CENTER (PRIVATE CLOUD) Steelhead BRANCH OFFICE #1 Steelhead 5 TB BRANCH OFFICE #1 Steelhead Steelhead 50 TB DR SITE Riverbed Confidential
    18. 18. GRANITE COMPONENTS Granite Edge • • • • Presents storage interface in the branch Caches a working set of data and for LAN access Enables fast “cold” writes Features embedded VMware vSphere hypervisor to/from the data center reads / writes External Host VM VM VM VM Granite Edge Riverbed Confidential
    19. 19. How It Works Compute Storage Steelhead EX + Granite Granite Core WAN Steelhead BRANCH Fast Reads DATA CENTER / PRIVATE CLOUD • Predict & prefetch • Establish “warm” edge cache for fast, LAN performance AUTHORITATIVE DEDUPLICATION BLOCK CACHE• Acknowledge locally Fast Writes BLOCK-LEVEL PRE-FETCH • Synchronize to data center storage • Authoritative edge owns its data center LUN Riverbed Confidential
    20. 20. Granite Edge – Operating Modes Working Set • Active data blocks cached locally at the edge • A subset of total data size • Block misses retrieved from data center Active blocks 300GB only 1TB 100% of space & blocks 1TB Pin the LUN • Reserves space at the edge for the entire LUN • Allows all data blocks to be pre-populated • Ideal for disconnected operations Local LUN • Writes are not synced back to the data center • Used for swap partition, tmp_files, swap space, etc. 1TB Localonly block storage 50GB Riverbed Confidential
    21. 21. Boot-Over-The-WAN – An Industry First VM VM VM VM WAN VM  Boot virtual servers over-the-WAN from data center storage in minutes  Rapidly provision remote offices from data center LUNs  Reconnect and instantly recover in the event of disaster Riverbed Confidential
    22. 22. Fast Disaster Recovery & Provisioning VM VM VM VM WAN VM WAN link latency: 100ms Riverbed Confidential
    23. 23. Granite Environment Application Server VM VM Steelhead EX + Granite Storage Array iSCSI Steelhead WAN BRANCH Granite Core DATA CENTER VM BRANCH BRANCH BRANCH BRANCH Riverbed Confidential
    24. 24. Granite with Storage-Based Backups BRANCH DATA CENTER File Server Granite Core WAN Snap Schedule EX (Steelhead + Granite Edge) Steelhead Primary Storage Nothing Changes!* Media/Backup Server D2D Target *Backups are crash consistent. For application consistency, use RHSP Riverbed Confidential
    25. 25. Steps to Adoption 1) Virtualize servers, applications and data required in the remote branch VM DATA CENTER 2) Migrate VMs to data center storage VM VM VM VM VM VM VM VM VM VM VM VM 3) Project central storage to edge locations VM 4) Boot VMs and serve local applications and storage at the edge VM VM VM VM VM WAN Riverbed Confidential
    26. 26. Benefits of Centralized Data and Storage – with Granite Control Management Reduce Risk - Data secured in the data center Edge data encrypted Simple - Manage with data center tools Flex & Scale - Quick storage provisioning Backup/Recovery Higher Reliability Backup in the data center Better Disaster Recovery- Improved RTO and RPO Cost Eliminate hardware/software/local backup Better utilize data center investments No local IT personnel Riverbed Confidential
    27. 27. Customer Example  Industry: Mining CHALLENGE • Too much infrastructure in remote and rugged sites • High-latency and week long WAN outages • Data shipped on media to HQ – a 3-4 day process RESULT • A simplified remote site • Data centralized in real time to Dell EqualLogic storage • Server available despite WAN outages • Fast access to centralized resources “Granite lets us bring down the complexity of what local IT resources need to manage, and allows us to focus our IT expertise in Toronto where there is ample talent available” Riverbed Confidential
    28. 28. Customer Example  Industry: Oil & Gas Exploration CHALLENGE RESULT • No one to manage backups at remote exploration and production sites • Failing servers in remote locations increased risk • Outgrowing existing infrastructure and skill sets • Centralized data with Granite solution • Consolidated backup operations in data center – no more edge backup • Reduced footprint in remote locations • Enabled full centralized control “Granite was easy to justify. The alternative was going to cost us three times as much. We spent less AND we improved our recovery capability at the same time.” Copyright Riverbed Technology 31 Riverbed Confidential
    29. 29. Customer Example  Industry: AEC CHALLENGE • Replacing aging branch infrastructure in 9 locations • Upgrading WAN links – need to refresh Steelhead appliances • Unable to back up during the day due to user impact – Gaps in backup – Only backing up on weekends RESULT • Simplified branches • Data managed on central storage • Improved data protection – – – Data up-to-the-minute in data center Backups run centrally Fast branch recovery • Save IT staff time “The cost was less than our old branch server model. It was an easy decision for us to move forward with Granite.” Riverbed Confidential
    30. 30. Customer Example  Industry: Legal / Law Firm CHALLENGE RESULT • Consolidate to four data centers within five years • Complete centralization of data to a secure data center • Deliver core IT to emerging growth regions without exposing data to risk • Seamless delivery of centrally managed storage to remote branches • Eliminate need for IT support in remote branch sites • New levels of data security for remote site operations “[With Granite] applications perform as they did when the data was stored locally.” Riverbed Confidential