White Papers

Federal Data Center Consolidation Playbook

This whitepaper features a case study of the U.S. Defense Contract Management Agency’s (DCMA’s) efforts to consolidate by reducing its 17 data centers to two primary data centers. Riverbed offers tips for outlining a step-by-step strategy for successfully identifying your consolidation targets, optimizing and redistributing your IT infrastructure, organizing your migration, and leveraging cloud services,…

Data Center Consolidation Strategy Guide

ThunderCat and Knight Point can help your agency set up your data center consolidation and asset management strategy. You’ll find out how Knight Point’s unique consolidation tool,Hercules, can help you use the principles and components of active asset management.

12 Best Practices For Data Backup and Recovery

Reliability. Up to 71% of restores from tape contain failures. Best Practice: Use disk-to-disk technology for backups. With disk-to-disk technology, your backup data resides on disk drives, proven to be far more reliable than tapes…

The Viability of Indefinite Storage – Insights From Email Archiving

New storage technologies currently offer unprecedented capabilities for storing large amounts of data at low cost. At a time when legislation, legal precedent, and managerial best practices are calling for the retention of data for prolonged periods of time, declining hardware costs have propelled the idea of indefinite storage…

WAN Optimization Requirements and Suggestions

This document proposes a list of suggested requirements and evaluation criteria for selection of a WAN Acceleration product that can be deployed robustly to support a large-scale enterprise network. While many WAN acceleration products seem to perform adequately in simple lab tests in isolated network environments…

The Storage Management Lifecycle

Predictability, manageability, risk, cost efficiency, and alignment have always been key concerns of the IT executive. Today, with the rapid growth in enterprise storage and the various supporting technologies, the Storage Manager has similar concerns exacerbated by the ever increasing complexity and cost of storage management, even while storage hardware costs are reducing…

A Joint Solution By Riverbed and Infoblox

In typical IT environments, most organizations maintain dedicated servers in remote offices for local delivery of core network services. These services include DNS, DHCP, and RADIUS that help ensure connectivity and performance for remote office users attaching to the network…

Riverbed Steelhead Appliances Accelerate Microsoft Exchange

Microsoft Exchange 2003 has become the corporate standard in email, calendaring, and workforce productivity. As a result, significant time and IT resources go into creating a robust, reliable, high-performance Exchange environment…

Optimizing Microsoft Exchange Traffic Over The Wan

Microsoft Exchange performs poorly on WANs, so much that large enterprises often deploy distributed Exchange servers to support their local users. As a result, maintaining Exchange servers is an expensive and complex process. By deploying Steelhead appliances, users in remote offices can access Exchange servers in a centralized and distant data center with roughly the…

NetApp’s Unified Storage Architecture

The traditional model for enterprise storage requires a different storage system for each storage function. One storage architecture might be deployed for primary network-attached storage (NAS), another for storage area networks (SANs), with additional platforms for secondary storage, archive, and compliance…