How we tested We connected all four of the 1-Gbps Ethernet ports on the Whitewater 2010 Riverbed provided for testing to an Extreme Networks X480 switch. We then configured four CIFS shares on the Whitewater for use as disk targets from our media servers.
We used two servers, one Dell Poweredge 2950 and one Dell R710, as media servers running Backup Exec 2011 R3 to send data to the Whitewater. Each server had four Gigabit Ethernet ports in two NIC teams. One NIC team was used to collect data from the source servers while the other was used to send data to the Whitewater.
In addition to backing up data from the media servers' local disks, we backed up test data from an additional eight servers running Windows Server 2008 R2, including three Supermicro Xeon E3 servers equipped with Micron SSDs to maximize backup throughput. Howard Marks is founder and chief scientist at Deepstorage LLC, a storage consultancy and independent test lab based in Santa Fe, N.M. and concentrating on storage and data center networking. In more than 25 years of consulting, Marks has designed and implemented storage ... View Full Bio