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Edge in a Box – SteelFusion’s software-defined edge adds support for Microsoft Hyper-V

SteelFusion’s Software-Defined Edge Adds Support for Microsoft Hyper-V

Today, more business than ever takes place in remote office / branch office locations (ROBOs), so it’s crucial for IT to deliver the application performance remote workers require without compromising on agility or security. Riverbed SteelFusion is a proven solution that converges and modernizes edge IT—and now, Riverbed is happy to announce that SteelFusion supports Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtualization platform with a software-defined delivery approach, excellent for partners managing services specific to distributed IT.

Provisioning IT on the edge

Demo: See it in action

Check out the latest Riverbed SteelFusion demo video, which recently premiered at Ignite, to get a concrete idea of how SteelFusion powers IT at the edge. You’ll see how easy it is to deploy a virtual SteelFusion edge appliance onto commodity hardware, and learn how you can provision a template of applications and services to that edge site.

Today some of the most security-driven industries in the world rely on SteelFusion to deliver IT to the edge, including companies in manufacturing, organizations in the government and DOD intel space, and financial services, retail, legal, accounting, and global health care providers.

Riverbed SteelFusion is the first and only software-defined edge solution that delivers local application performance while also enabling remote data and backup centralization, instant provisioning/recovery, and lower total cost of ownership for distributed organizations. SteelFusion uses a unique combination of technologies including WAN optimization, intelligent storage caching, and virtualization, to help distributed organizations simplify edge IT infrastructure and operations.

SteelFusion enables business at the edge by intelligently and securely caching data local users need, continuously syncing new data back to the datacenter as necessary. By decoupling compute from storage, remote users enjoy local performance and capacity without the need for a storage-intensive local architecture. A minimized SteelFusion branch infrastructure significantly reduces costs by simplifying and accelerating management, letting IT conduct operations like recovery and provisioning from a central location and projecting changes over the WAN.  Backup operations are also completely eliminated from branch or remote sites, freeing up the WAN, and enabling more efficient use of applications wherever they may be required for business.   And in the case of a WAN outage, work continues without disruption, with everything new syncing when the WAN is back up and running.

Introducing Hyper-V support

Now, with new support for Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization, even more customers and organizations can enjoy the benefits of a secure, software-defined edge. What’s more, SteelFusion for Hyper-V is a completely software-defined solution, meaning there’s no need for a specialized appliance. Deployment and configuration are easier than ever.

SteelFusion managed in Microsoft Windows Admin Center

This gives customers whose needs may not have been met by standard appliance form factors the flexibility of running SteelFusion on commodity server hardware they may already own. As long as the hardware fits the specs, SteelFusion can turn a commodity server into a veritable “edge in a box.”

This approach is a great one for managed service providers interested in quickly turning up offerings for Edge as a Service, Disaster Recovery services, Data Protection services and more.  What’s more, as with the rest of the SteelFusion family, the new software-defined Hyper-V offering is available in perpetual or subscription-based pricing forms.

More innovations to come

Support for Hyper-V is just the latest exciting enhancement to SteelFusion. In the months ahead Riverbed will further enhance the solution to enable customers to work directly with the core in the Azure public cloud, extending Azure cloud services to any edge in the business.

Whether a customer uses VMware or Hyper-V, Azure, a private data center, or a hybrid cloud, all can enjoy SteelFusion’s unprecedented ease and flexibility for managing ROBO IT.

Get ready for SteelFusion

Riverbed SteelFusion for Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V will be generally available in early November. There are more resources available at the SteelFusion product page, or you can contact your Riverbed Channel Sales Manager for more information.


Be sure to catch the November Rivercast (on November 6th in Americas / EMEA and on November 7th in Asia Pacific) to learn all about the new SteelFusion 6.0 and how industrial IOT intersects with Edge Computing.


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