Riverbed Accelerates Cloud Storage with Whitewater 2.0

By Sean Michael Kerner

Riverbed is advancing its Whitewater cloud storage acceleration technology with a major new operating system update and new hardware. The new enhancements provide more scale and management capabilities to help organizations leverage the cloud for storage.

Whitewater Operating System (WWOS) 2.0 is the first major version update since Riverbed first announced Whitewater back in November of 2011. The Whitewater appliance is all about accelerating data backup and storage to the cloud.

Jerome Noll is director of product marketing for Whitewater at Riverbed, told InfoStor that WWOS is a new 64-bit operating system. WWOS has its roots in Linux, specifically Scientific Linux, which is a clone of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

The new WWOS 2.0 release provides the ability to take in more data for cloud storage. The system also debuts a new set of management capabilities, including an enhanced dashboard, remote management, proactive alerting and Windows Active Directory integration. The proactive health monitoring will send out alerts to the administrator if the Whitewater appliance runs into an issue that will require intervention. The feature can also be set up to alert Riverbed's Whitewater support team to enable fast resolution of issues.


As part of the WWOS 2.0 update, Riverbed is also announcing the Whitewater 3010 Enterprise Class storage gateway. The 3010 has four times the on premises storage capacity of the previous top end Whitewater appliance, the 2010. The Whitewater 2010 had 8 TB of local cache, while the new 3010 appliance has 32 TB. In terms of cloud storage, the 3010 now has a maximum capacity of 160 TB.

The Whitewater 3010 also has improved the ingest performance for data as well, up to 1.5 TB/hr. In contrast, the Whitewater 2010 had an ingest rate of 1.25 TB/hr. In order to achieve the performance and storage gains, Riverbed packed more drives with larger capacities into the Whitewater. All of the storage is set up in a RAID6 configuration, providing for additional data resiliency.

Cloud vs Tape

One of the spaces that Riverbed is going after with the Whitewater is the legacy tape backup business.

"There is a huge market in the backup space for companies moving away from tape," Noll said.

As opposed to tape, using disk and cloud based storage provides a faster alternative to tape at increasingly competitive price points.

"Tape is cheap to buy, but the reality is that a lot of companies have difficulty recovering from tape and the management costs are painful," Noll said. "While there are some tape bigots out there that love tape and feel that it's great for job security, I feel that most people are happy to move away from tape."

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

This article was originally published on September 10, 2012