The Whitewater appliance is aimed primarily at the public cloud, and the Cloud Steelhead is a software product that can be configured remotely via the Web and speeds application performance and data transfer over the wide-area network (WAN). Whitewater sends data to Amazon S3, AT&T Synaptic Storage as a Service, and EMC Atmos clouds using Riverbed's WAN acceleration technology to speed the time it takes to send and restore the data. Because it moves data to the cloud, only one Whitewater appliance is required. The appliance also encrypts data on-site, in-flight and in the cloud using 256-bit AES encryption and SSL v3.
"With the Whitewater cloud appliance, customers who back up to tape can now back up to the public clouds storage environments," said Nik Rouda, director of product marketing for Steelhead appliances.
"The appliance resides in the customer environment for cloud storage," said Brad Nisbet, a program manager for market research firm IDC. "It sits in the organization as a gateway. Customer concerns about performance, security and availability are holding back cloud service adoption, so these solutions complement the cloud services."
Brad Bailey, manager of IT services at Applied Voice and Speech Technology, said he has deployed Whitewater to reduce his reliance on tape. "Whitewater writes initially to a backup appliance and the unique aspect is the use of WAN optimization to cache data," he said. "It takes data inline deduplication and then it writes to cloud. It reduces the amount of data that pushes over the WAN and it reduces the amount of the data you pull back."