Why Use SteelFusion with AWS S3

Another tradeshow, another trip to Vegas.  This time the tradeshow was Amazon AWS re:Invent which took place at the end of November into early December.  The cloud momentum is definitely strong.  Many more attendees than were initially projected.  And on the tradeshow floor, there were many vendors new and old stationed to engage this crush of cloud enthusiasts.  There were the traditional IT vendors along with vendors in other solution areas AWS is creating opportunity for such as security, application, performance monitoring, backup and disaster recovery, and analytics.


Of the three solutions on display at the Riverbed booth, SteelFusion was one of them.  Below is a glimpse of how SteelFusion was positioned for AWS S3.  Below is also a video that summarizes the value proposition and shows a quick demonstration of using the AWS Storage Gateway to provision storage from AWS S3 to the SteelFusion Core.


  • User experience – any solution that a customer designs and deploys requires critical consideration of how to provide quality experience to the end users.  No solution will succeed without the users succeeding in how they impact the company’s business.  While moving data to the cloud has its costs and agility benefits, user experience cannot be overlooked.  Though internet connection to the cloud from the primary datacenter should not be an issue, the same cannot always be said for the connection from the branch offices. Caching, prefetching, and WAN optimization are key technologies in a SteelFusion solution to maintain user experience while still realizing benefits of cloud storage.


  • Cost and operational efficiencies – this is a well-told value that SteelFusion delivers to customers.  It’s no different here.  It is the opportunity for customers to reduce IT administration at the branch office by shifting the management of data to the primary datacenter.  One major challenge that can be addressed is backup and recovery.  Even if the backup targets are to the cloud, backups can be coordinated and monitored at headquarters where the IT expertise resides.


  • Mitigating downtime – as a byproduct of data and management consolidation back to the primary datacenter, smarter and smoother disaster recovery processes lead to better RPO and especially RTO.  Some things are out of a customer’s control, but customers can mitigate the things they do have control over.