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Riverbed in Washington, D.C. at AWS Gov Cloud Summit II; Steve Riley to Speak on Cloud Implementation

Posted by riverbedtest on October 13, 2011

Riverbed will demonstrate its cloud performance solutions at AWS Gov Cloud Summit II, taking place October 18 at the Washington Marriott Metro Center in Washington, D.C. Amazon's AWS Gov Cloud Summitt II will provide government IT leaders and agency executives with the information to succeed in their cloud computing projects. Attendees can visit the Riverbed station to learn about the company’s cloud performance solutions, which help government agencies meet mandates to consolidate data centers, reduce costs for IT, and execute on the cloud first policy. In addition, Riverbed technical leader Steve Riley will lead a discussion on cloud implementation.

Conference attendees can visit the Riverbed station to learn about how the company’s application-aware network performance management (NPM) and wide area network (WAN) optimization solutions that are critical elements for providing network visibility and control that enable the migration, and accelerates the transmission of applications and data, to cloud environments. 

Conference attendees can also learn more about cloud performance and cloud implementation in a panel session with Steve Riley.

What: Cloud Implementation Panel

Who: Steve Riley, technical leader, Riverbed

When: Tuesday, October 18, 4:15 PM  – 5:00 PM

Where: Solutions Breakout area

 

 

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Riverbed Technical Lead Steve Riley Q&A on Federal Data Protection

Posted by riverbedtest on September 27, 2011

Thanks for tuning in for part three (of five) of the Federal IT initiatives Q&A video series with our illustrious technical leader Steve Riley. As projected by many industry research and analyst firms, data will continue to grow. This is not surprising. And as you may remember, with the Cloud First policy, agencies have a mandate to move data and applications to the cloud. So, for this week's video Q&A, we shift gears, and examine some of the considerations for agencies to protect their data in the cloud.

Steve answers the following:

1. How data is protected in the cloud.

2. What are the technical considerations and strategies for protecting data in the cloud.

3. How Riverbed, specifically, helps protect data in the cloud. Here is a hint – it has something to do with FIPS certification.

Next week, I'm taking a break from posting. But, tune in again October 11 for a Q&A video on teleworking and mobility. It would be appropriate to watch the video on a smart phone or tablet, outside of your workplace.

 

 

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Riverbed Technical Lead Steve Riley Q&A on Federal Cloud First Initiative

Posted by riverbedtest on September 20, 2011

For part two of our federal IT initiatives Q&A with Steve Riley, we focus on the Cloud First policy. Now, if you do not work in the the federal IT space, the Cloud First policy is the federal government's strategy for cloud computing, which is part of the greater plan to reform federal IT. The general estimate is $20 billion of the federal government's $80 billion in IT spending could be used for cloud computing.

In the enterprise, cloud computing is a trend that has been discussed and migrated to for many years. However, the push for cloud computing in the federal IT space was kicked-off and championed by Vivek Kundra, the U.S. government's first CIO. And, although Kundra recently left his post last month, former Microsoft executive and managing director at the Federal Communications Commissions Steve VanRoekel has taken the position and reigns, and plans to use Kunrda's grand vision for IT reform as a foundation for even greater changes to federal IT. 

Grab your coffee, tea or something stronger, and watch the below Q&A, which covers what spurred the Cloud First policy (cost reductions and collaboration among agencies), considerations (safety and security), as well as how Riverbed helps agencies to execute on the Cloud First policy. 

 

Stay tuned. Next week, we'll talk about data protection. 

 

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Riverbed Technical Lead Steve Riley Q&A on Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative

Posted by riverbedtest on September 13, 2011

It's the final countdown – not only for 2011 Federal Fiscal Year, but also for a major phase in the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI), which is integral to the 25-point plan for reforming federal IT. By September 30, officials at federal agencies are required to complete their data center consolidation plans and to-date progress reports. The following week, the plans will be posted to CIO.gov. And, every quarter, agencies must post data centers they plan to close, as well as provide an update on what has already been closed or consolidated. A list of the data centers planned for closure to date is available here.

If you're not familiar with the FDCCI, which was launched in February 2010, the high-level on this initiative is federal agencies are required to close 800 of the U.S. government’s 2,094 data centers by 2015. To make good on that goal, 373 federal data centers will be closed by the end of 2012. 

Why is there a push to consolidate data centers? One of the key objectives is to save $3 billion annually, mainly from gaining efficiencies in energy consumption, maintenance and management of data centers. Another objective is to gain IT efficiencies across agencies and foster greater collaboration. But, this should not be done at the cost of performance, especially to the user experience.

Today's video kicks-off the first in a series of video interviews, in which I ask Steve for his perspective on a federal IT initiative – FDCCI, cloud first and cloud computing, data protection, telework and mobility, and desktop virtualization — what should federal IT leads take into consideration, and how Riverbed address challenges around IT performance for helping ensure success.

Below is the first video interview on data center consolidation. Steve discussed key areas of consideration for how to determine which data centers to consolidation based on applications and information type. He also outlined the challenges associated with moving applications and information farther away from a user, as well as how to ensure that the user experience is optimized, let alone not affected. The takeaway: when data centers are further dispersed across great distances, yet the user is staying put or they are used to accessing an application that is located on-premises, then the WAN becomes even more critical. In order to make FDCCI a success, and not impact the user experience, then federal IT leaders will want agents to feel like the application is hosted locally. In short, Riverbed accelerates the movement of data, information and applications, and eliminates latency that is often associated with computing over great distances. Why is this a consideration? With all the strides to bring efficiencies and reduce costs, ensuring that an agent's productivity is not impacted should also be tops on the list of considerations.

 

Be sure to tune in every week over the coming several weeks for more interviews with Steve.

 

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Riverbed interview about cloud computing product direction

Posted by bobegilbert on November 20, 2009

Bob Gilbert and Eric Wolford discuss cloud computing and Riverbed's recent announcement regarding a product direction for accelerating cloud environments.

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