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Riverbed Optimises Azure Workloads

With more and more of organisations’ workloads moving into the cloud, there is a growing demand for these workloads to be optimised, something that has been recognised by one vendor in particular.

Riverbed Technology, a leader in application performance infrastructure, has worked in the past to optimise various areas of customers' IT environments, predominantly the networking. However, the company is now keen to point out that for those who want to optimise Azure cloud traffic, Riverbed can help here too.

Riverbed works closely with Microsoft and now asserts that by using SteelHead CX cloud-users can get the most out of their Azure deployment. In a blog focusing specifically on the topic, the company explains: “Once [SteelHead is] in place, you can optimise traffic to and from Azure hosted services such as SharePoint servers, websites, and transferring content in and out of Azure storage.

“We are actively working with Microsoft to publish a paper on optimising Microsoft’s Azure Site Recovery service which uses Hyper-V Replication services in Windows Server 2012 R2 along with System Center Hyper-VM Manager to replicate virtual machines to Azure.”

As virtual machines disk files can be very large, Riverbed’s SteelHead technology has been created to reduce the significant bandwidth loads that accompany copying 100s of gigabytes to Azure. Furthermore, the solution enables to user to keep the disk images current through periodic refreshes.

Riverbed states that the preliminary results of its Azure-optimising technology have been very positive and the company is confident that as cloud use grows in coming years this will prove to be an invaluable tool.

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