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In-Path WAN Optimization for Your Cloud Deployments

With CloudSwitch and Riverbed

As our enterprise customers embrace the cloud, we’ve been hearing a growing demand to help them optimize enterprise network connectivity as they scale their cloud deployments. At CloudSwitch, we’ve been thinking about the issue of network optimization for quite some time now and working with partners like Riverbed to tackle network performance in the cloud.

Today we are pleased to announce our support for Riverbed’s Cloud Steelhead® to help customers optimize their hybrid cloud deployments.  Many of our existing customers have already invested in Riverbed infrastructure in their data centers, and want to extend these trusted resources into the cloud. The primary drivers for WAN optimization in hybrid cloud architectures are twofold:

  • Improving network performance between data centers and the cloud  for better end-user experience
  • Reducing bandwidth between the data center and the cloud, thereby reducing cloud costs

In a hybrid model the public cloud acts as a remote data center, making infrastructure resources available to distributed teams of users, but requiring connectivity back to corporate data center resources. Riverbed’s WAN optimization technology can reduce bandwidth requirements and accelerate a number of applications and protocols including Windows file shares, NFS servers and Oracle forms. Riverbed’s innovations in data compression, de-duplication, and other techniques enable much more efficient data movement between customer data centers and the cloud, while freeing up bandwidth for other applications. In our testing we have seen anywhere from a 5 to 100x improvement in your application’s performance, and 60-80% reduction in bandwidth costs.

Simple and Secure Deployment in the Cloud

Our joint solution allows customers to easily select Riverbed’s Cloud Steelhead from CloudSwitch’s network library and launch it unmodified in the Amazon EC2 and Terremark clouds.  The user can simply select the cloud networks they would like to optimize, and the Riverbed appliances will take it from there – automatically selecting the network traffic and applications to optimize.



Once Riverbed’s Cloud Steelhead is running in the cloud on CloudSwitch’s isolation technology, customers simply enable automatic peering through Riverbed’s user interface. This ensures that network traffic is optimized as soon as servers in the data center try to communicate with servers in the cloud or vice-versa. In addition, CloudSwitch ensures that all communication and data are automatically encrypted so that your extension of infrastructure into the cloud is always protected, end to end.

CloudSwitch allows Cloud Steelhead to be deployed in-path so that all network traffic on the optimized LAN for your servers in the cloud runs through Cloud Steelhead. This allows the WAN optimizer to accelerate cloud traffic automatically without requiring any additional modifications (no agent installations, no drivers, no changes) to your servers in the cloud. This is the unique advantage CloudSwitch offers– simplicity, security, and the ability to offer WAN optimization with full configurability and control by the enterprise.

Our mission at CloudSwitch has always been to make it easy and secure for customers to launch virtual machines in the cloud. Last year, we enabled public IP access to cloud resources by adding an open-source firewall to our network appliances library.  As we learn more from our customers about their requirements, we continue to build our library of partner offerings, demonstrating the strength of our platform and our ability to act as a cloud gateway. We’re excited to support Riverbed’s Cloud Steelhead and are hard at work integrating with market-leading firewalls, load balancers, storage appliances and other devices.  Our software lets joint customers easily deploy these virtual appliances in the cloud with secure, in-path configurations to enable much more efficient data movement and scalability in the cloud.

To learn more about how enterprise customers are optimizing the cloud today, please join our upcoming webinar with Riverbed, “Optimizing Your WAN Connectivity for Hybrid Cloud Deployments.”

By Pavan Pant

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Ellen Rubin is the CEO and co-founder of ClearSky Data, an enterprise storage company that recently raised $27 million in a Series B investment round. She is an experienced entrepreneur with a record in leading strategy, market positioning and go-to- market efforts for fast-growing companies. Most recently, she was co-founder of CloudSwitch, a cloud enablement software company, acquired by Verizon in 2011. Prior to founding CloudSwitch, Ellen was the vice president of marketing at Netezza, where as a member of the early management team, she helped grow the company to more than $130 million in revenues and a successful IPO in 2007. Ellen holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Harvard University.