Bridgeworks Announces Accelerated NetApp WAN Replication That is up to 90x Faster Over Noisy Networks

PORTrockIT technology intelligently overcomes increasing complexity of WAN and cloud connectivity, accelerating NetApp® SnapMirror® across WANs and clouds

May 05, 2016, 12:00 ET from Bridgeworks

LYMINGTON, England, May 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

Data acceleration and self-configuring infrastructure optimized network (SCION) vendor Bridgeworks ( today announces the launch of PORTrockIT for NetApp. Utilizing artificial intelligence, PORTrockIT constantly optimizes Wide Area Network (WAN) settings to provide adaptive acceleration that improves the efficiency of NetApp SnapMirror replication, SnapVault archiving and Cloud ONTAP data migration in multiple cloud configurations.

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Combining NetApp's data replication technology with Bridgeworks PORTrockIT Data Acceleration enables a new level of performance and resilience for WAN data transfers. WANs have inherent latency and packet loss, which may diminish effectiveness of data replication, migration or hybrid cloud connectivity. Bridgeworks' uniquely invisible, painless approach to data acceleration mitigates the effect of WAN latency and packet loss with performance gains of up to 90 times that of a high latency, noisy WAN.

Growing data volumes combined with network latency and packet loss may lead to sluggish transfer times over wide area network locations. Businesses need to be able to ensure fast data movement to protect their organizations and to create corporate resilience, business and IT service continuity.

NetApp is recognized as a leader in storage management, and is trusted globally for business continuity, archiving and hybrid cloud strategies. Bridgeworks PORTrockIT technology works silently in the background for NetApp customers. Once installed, no user intervention, configuration or maintenance is required.

David Trossell, CEO of Bridgeworks said:  

"In a perfect world there is no packet loss, no latency and infinite bandwidth and in these conditions NetApp customers experience efficient replication. However, networking complexity is on a rapid rise resulting in more flaws such as noise, latency and dropped packets. By combining our technologies, NetApp SnapMirror and Bridgeworks PORTrockIT customers can enjoy successful data replication processes even in noisy and high latency wide area networks that can span the globe."  

After completing rigorous testing by a third party, Bridgeworks (a NetApp Alliance Partner), has now made a whitepaper available that proves the concept of accelerated NetApp® SnapMirror replication with PORTrockIT. The Whitepaper may be downloaded at

In parallel, SnapMirror replication testing was carried out between Cloud ONTAP instances in Sydney and North Virginia where PORTrockIT doubled the performance over high latency and extreme congestion.  

Artificial Intelligence accelerates wide area networking without compromising on security  

In today's world there is a transition taking place. Data is often unstructured, even when it's sent back and forth over a wide area network (WAN). Data is quite often compressed in some way by a vendor or from applications such as video codecs. It may also be encrypted for security reasons. "The traditional ways of trying to accelerate this type of data no longer apply - traditional WAN Optimization just doesn't work", emphasised Trossell.

For NetApp customers that were previously experiencing challenges caused by IP packet loss and latency, PORTrockIT for NetApp can help them overcome these obstacles.

"Bridgework's PORTrockIT compliments NetApp's Data Fabric strategy by accelerating data replication between locations", said Bruce Burns, Vice President of NetApp Cloud Business Group. "Customers can now gain greater speed and efficiency in rapidly moving data across network locations even over long haul or poor quality wide area network lines."

Curing the pain  

David Trossell concludes that "PORTrockIT for NetApp using adaptive acceleration is completely transparent to the infrastructure: the Virtual Instances or Appliances are simply installed, taking under 30 minutes to complete."

Download our whitepaper to discover proof of how the concept of accelerated NetApp™ SnapMirror replication with PORTrockIT works.

About Bridgeworks  

Bridgeworks is a data acceleration company that is leading the Self Configuring Infrastructure Optimized Network (SCION) charge.  It has looked at the problem of data movement and has approached the rules of data movement over distance from an entirely new perspective. 

Bridgeworks' WANrockIT and PORTrockIT technology enables the movement of significant volumes of business critical data, in real time, mitigating unacceptable time lags (latency) that risk failure, delay or present major costs to enterprises. 


Self-Configuring Infrastructure Optimized Networks (SCION) is the second curve of data acceleration. Taking advantage of larger bandwidth we are able to combine clever virtualization of data streams to fill the physical bandwidth whilst using artificial intelligence to ensure smooth, constant and performant data travelling across Wide Area Networks (WAN). 

About NetApp   

Leading organizations worldwide count on NetApp for software, systems and services to manage and store their data. Customers value our teamwork, expertise and passion for helping them succeed now and into the future. To learn more, visit


For more information about PORTrockIT or Bridgeworks' unique technology, contact:
Claire Buchanan, 
CCO of Bridgeworks


SOURCE Bridgeworks