Riverbed – Tsunami through a Straw

Riverbed – Tsunami through a Straw

Posted by on Oct 22, 2011 in Enterprise, Front Gallery | 0 comments

Riverbed – Tsunami through a Straw

When finishing up the Riverbed Steelhead Deployment, my CIO Gavin Tomlins coined the phrase “Tsunami through a straw” and well it kind of stuck….. This was a wildly successful project and one that enabled us to meet a very low Recovery Point Objective from a DR perspective. (15 minutes). I cannot recommend the Riverbed Products highly enough, they have made our lack lustre WAN link’s usable. We are currently pushing 12-14 TB over an 100 Mbit Fibre Link per week and we are averaging about a 33.6% Link utilisation.

WAN Optimisation

I suppose one of the most startling aspects of the technology is what out LAN infrastructure deems the 100 Mbit link as.

LAN Optimisation

It peaked at 907.2 Mb over a 100Mb WAN link! We are primarily using this 100Mb link for SAN Replication (EqualLogic SAN Arrays, Asynchronous Replication) for our VMware SRM 5.0 Deployment. The ROI on this was less than 8 months based upon the link we would have required to do the same thing. The SAN Replication we do takes place over the iSCSI port (3260), The reduction of Data is most impressive.

SAN Replication

Because of the success of the project, I was approached to do a media piece. Enjoy.. [embedplusvideo height=”281″ width=”450″ standard=”http://www.youtube.com/v/YnQscPSfHs8?fs=1&start=5″ vars=”ytid=YnQscPSfHs8&width=450&height=281&start=5&stop=&rs=w&hd=0&autoplay=0&react=1&chapters=¬es=” id=”ep5711″ /] If anyone wants any more information please feel free to contact me here, I would be more than happy to regale the challenges that we faced and why in the end it was a no-brainer.



  1. Why we did VMware Site Recovery Manager? - Lance Knight - [...] the side project WAN Optimisation by utilising Riverbed WAN optimiser’s, our link utilisation went from 100% [...]

Post a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *