faster WAN transfers for IBM Spectrum Protect

210x faster WAN transfers for IBM Spectrum Protect customers

News that we can now offer 210x faster WAN transfers for IBM Spectrum Protect Customers filtered through to the editors at Digitalisation World.

PORTrockIT for IBM Spectrum Protect, enables data transfer speeds of up to 210x faster, across a Wide Area Network (WAN).  This is the next generation of WAN transfer technology that uses AI (machine intelligence) to optimize and maximize performance of existing infrastructures.

The following article gives more information about how our technology works hand in hand with IBM Spectrum Protect to deliver accelerated cross site Replication, Backup, Cloud, Data Migration and Recovery strategies.

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faster WAN transfers for IBM Spectrum Protect customers

WANdisco cloud technology

WANdisco builds a bridge to the Cloud with this partnership

WANdisco software is known for its performance and for how it has revolutionised the global enterprise requirement to migrate large amounts of transactional data to the Cloud.  The technology delivers 100% uptime for Hadoop, Subversion and Git.

A recent partnership between WANdisco and Bridgeworks will increase performance and speed for WANdisco users by up to 100x!

Together the partnering technologies will enable global enterprises to address some of today’s biggest data challenges involving secure storage, scalability and availability. Bridgeworks’ PORTrockIT software is now be available for WANdisco Fusion’s patented active-transactional replication technology, which was built to move transactional data to the cloud, at petabyte scale, without downtime or data loss.

Click here to read the article on The Register talks about what this news means for businesses utilising the cloud. 


Run Like A Hare: Bridgeworks PORTrockIT and WANdisco Fusion Speed-Up Cloud Migration

Hare-running-fastCloud migration and hybrid cloud deployments are too often as fast as a tortoise rather than as quick as a hare. As the tortoise, they will pass eventually the finish line in most cases, but not ahead of its quicker counterpart. Slow networks can make cloud migrations and hybrid cloud deployments a headache. Network latency and lost data packets can lead to an inability to back-up data and restore it at speed in any given situation – including disaster recovery.

Yet there are solutions on the market that can mitigate latency and ensure that cloud migration dashes like a hare to the finish line before any traditional WAN optimisation alternative can. With our latest news of a all new WANdisco and Bridgeworks partnership, cloud migrations and hybrid cloud deployments are about to get more secure and quicker than ever before.

Together the partnering technologies will enable global enterprises to address some of today’s biggest data challenges involving secure storage, scalability and availability. Bridgeworks’ PORTrockIT software is now be available for WANdisco Fusion’s patented active-transactional replication technology, which was built to move transactional data to the cloud, at petabyte scale, without downtime or data loss.

Want to move Big data at speed? No problem!

PORTrockIT’s patented technology supports businesses that rely on fast movement of large volumes of data and increases performance by up to 100 times. With an injection of high speed velocity, enterprise data resilience and security for critical enterprise applications such as backup, replication, disaster recovery and cloud migration are failsafe and achievable. Unlike the fabled hare in the well-known story, infrastructure needn’t take a break because with WANdisco Fusion and PORTrockIT you get a reliable and steadfast way to transfer data across cloud migration, back-up and restore, and for hybrid cloud deployments.

David Richards, WANdisco CEO and Co-Founder explains that enterprises can now cross the finishing line with the two solutions – thanks to the partnership between the two companies: “WANdisco’s continuous availability and guaranteed data consistency can now be deployed with software from Bridgeworks that virtually removes the effects of network latency, making it possible for on-premise and cloud environments to operate as one.”

Trusting your tech to deliver Service continuity when it’s critical

As one, Bridgeworks and WANdisco technology together will ensure that large volumes of live production data can move to and from the cloud, without any business disruption. This further supports hybrid cloud requirements for on-demand, burst-out processing, and offsite disaster recovery, without downtime or data loss. The combined solution also eliminates the need for cloud vendor storage appliances to be sent back and forth from customer data centers in a process that involves days of downtime and is only suitable for one-time movement of cold, less critical data.
Why is this important? “Well enterprises are increasingly reliant on the need to move large volumes of data to where it needs to be at speed. They also need to have full trust and confidence that their infrastructure is able to deliver the performance when it is critical to their business,” explains David Trossell, CEO of Bridgeworks.

He concludes: “WANdisco software is already known for its performance and it has revolutionised the global enterprise requirement to migrate large amounts of transactional data to the Cloud. When combined with Bridgeworks PORTrockIT technology, the resulting increase of up to 100 times in transfer speed has raised the bar for business.”

In partnership both solutions make the cloud a flexible and scalable option for running business critical applications that require fast data migration.

By taking advantage of our new partnership your cloud migrations and hybrid cloud deployments will now run super fast. So would you prefer a solution that walks like a tortoise or bolts to the finish line like a hare?

So… it looks like we’re officially cool!


So… it looks like we’re officially cool!

The team are excited to announce that Bridgeworks has been recognised as a Cool Vendor in Enterprise Networking by Gartner, Inc. and is included in its latest research report.

This is big news for us as Gartner, Inc. is the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company. Gartner advises business leaders and technology investors within corporations and government agencies, the necessary technology-related insight to make game-changing business decisions and stay ahead in the marketplace.

So, what does ‘Cool’ mean to Gartner?

The Cool Vendor series recognises businesses with technology that is:

Bridgeworks GartnerINNOVATIVE – enables users to do things they couldn’t do before.

IMPACTFUL – has or will have a business impact, not just technology for its own sake.

INTRIGUING – has caught Gartner’s interest during the past six months.

We feel this is quite the recognition for our technology and something we are extremely proud of!

If you would like to find out more about our technology and how it is Innovative, Impactful and Intriguing, check out our products page here.

If you want to know why we think Gartner has listed us as cool…

  • We provide software (and appliances) that enable the movement of huge volumes of data between data centres.
  • Our WANrockIT & PORTrockIT products address inherent inefficiencies present in today’s TCP and storage protocols running across the WAN.
  • We improve data transfers and facilitate better performance of bandwidth for TCP based data steams and storage traffic (including Fibre Channel and iSCSI).
  • We mitigate latency and minimize the effects of packet loss – Improving performance of up to 200x in some use cases.
  • We can reduce the time to transfer data to AWS by as much as 70%.
  • We optimize movement of data between AWS data centers, helping to further enable resiliency for cloud deployments.

There is a long list of other neat things that we do, that our customers would say makes our technology cool. Here are just a few that are most definitely worth a mention.

  • We move and accelerate encrypted data
  • We move and accelerate deduped data
  • We move and accelerate compressed data
  • We accelerate all data – no pass throughs – no excuses
  • We are massively scalable – already running over multiple 10Gb pipes moving 4.4GBs of data a second.

If you are struggling with your backup windows or your replication is not completing quickly enough. Or perhaps your migration projects are running out of time to get the data where it needs to be? Or you need to move transactional data rapidly, perhaps to the Cloud? We are one of the new “cool”, guys on the block to fix your problem.

With a sub-30 minute installation, we have you back on track as quick as your infrastructure allows.

Gartner, Cool Vendors in Enterprise Networking 2016, Andrew Lerner, Mark Fabbi, Neil Rickard, Vivek Bhalla, Danillo Ciscato, 13th April 2016 

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.



Bridgeworks announce new partnerships in the Backup, Cloud, Replication, Data Migration, Archiving and Disaster Recovery space


We are really excited to announce some of our new partnerships with amazing players that are leading the way in providing Backup, Cloud, Replication, Data Migration, Archiving and Disaster Recovery solutions.

AV8ER, CorpTech, cStor, Esdebe, Grey Matter, Tributary Systems and QSmartStorage are all specialists in supplying strategic, evolving IT solutions and will be working with us to rapidly accelerate data movement and help solve some of the data challenges faced by their customers.

These guys join our list of partners that have embraced how our technology is able to work with – and optimize performance of – existing Datacentre Infrastructure over distance.  Bridgeworks applies a unique (and better!) way of thinking about some of the age-old issues involved with the transfer of large volumes of data.

All of our new partners help their customers to think outside the box with their enterprise technology and have consistently used technology to break boundaries that no longer apply.

Here’s how we will be working with each of them to help develop new revenue streams for their business, and add value to their customers:


Like us, AV8ER are all about optimising performance for its customers so this partnership is a natural marriage for the two businesses.  PORTrockIT compliments AV8ER’s solutions beautifully and will help them to accelerate the data needs of their customers.

“AV8ER has always been about performance from the IT perspective where we have provided our clients with well researched and neat solutions ahead of the pack. Bridgeworks expands our profile of unique solutions for prestigious clients who have demanding requirements and understand that AV8ER solutions deliver superior performance and at an affordable price”
Paul Taylor, Managing Director –



CorpTech specialises in Archive, Backup and Compliance solutions for the financial services sector.  From previous work with clients, we know that this is a sector that has some significant challenge with movement of large amounts of data and so we are looking forward to working with CorpTech to help their customers solve some of those business critical issues.

“We have already had acclaimed project success with Bridgeworks with Block Storage Data acceleration from its WANrockIT product so we are delighted to extend our relationship with them to encompass the broadening of offering with PORTrockIT.  This opens the way to accelerate all data over WANs for our customers.”
Mark Duggan, Business Development Director –


cstorlogocStor knows that IT needs are always evolving and have a history of constantly looking for strategic, innovative solutions that solve unique data challenges within Data Centres and the Cloud.  Bridgeworks will be working with cStor to help deliver accelerated data transfers and optimised performance for its customers.

“We are delighted to be aligning with Bridgeworks to ensure that the issues of movement of data over distance are a thing of the past.”  Larry Gentry, CEO of cStor –



Bridgeworks has actually been working with Esdebe in the DataCentre environment for a couple of years but, with our new PORTrockIT product, it has meant that we have been able to expand on that relationship and in to helping them with the challenges associated with data migration.

“With the release of PORTrockIT, coupled with Esdebes Master Specialist Accreditation with Veritas, we saw the opportunity to be able to solve many issues for our customers which entails moving data between datacentres and the Cloud.”  Jonathan Chubb, CEO –



Grey Matter’s reputation has been built on the quality, breadth and independence of our software and licensing advice.
Since 1983 Grey Matter has provided independent and trusted software supply, management and advice for organisations of all sizes seeking solutions to their development, technical and business requirements.

“The growth of Big Data in the market has stimulated the requirement for reliable backup replication and disaster recovery. We identified Bridgeworks as a partner with an innovative product offering which adds value to both our security and cloud solutions.”
Matthew Whitton, General Manager –



QsmartStorage, a division of Trams Ltd, specialise in delivering cost effective tiered storage solutions and associated workflow based applications.  The business specialises in matching the cost of solutions to the needs, value and ROI of data.  This is something that aligns with the Bridgeworks thinking and the WANrockIT technology will be at the heart of helping QsmartStorage to deliver this for its customers.

“We have been looking for a solution that meets the demands of our customers growing need for geo spread of their data – Bridgeworks makes this vision a reality.”
Warren Peel, Managing Director –



Tributary Systems, Inc. founded in 1990, develops, sells and supports unified, software-defined data protection solutions for heterogeneous enterprise computing environments. Their patented Storage Director® data backup, replication and DR solution relies on PORTrockIT technology to replicate data from primary to secondary datacenters and to the cloud efficiently and cost effectively.

Tributary’s fully integrated solutions are designed for the most demanding backup storage environments running mission critical applications. For our customers, moving data, often over very long distances, it was imperative to have a solution that could mitigate the effects of latency. In our opinion, Bridgeworks is the right provider today to achieve this.
Kevin St.Cyr, Vice President. –

Customers with back-up nightmares? No more loss of sleep required.

Wherever Data Movement is a challenge, together we can help your customer.

Call Bridgeworks on +44 1590 615 444 or fill out the form below and one of our team will be in touch.






IBM Spectrum Protect™ + PORTrockIT = cast iron back-up and replication (at speed)

IBM Spectrum Blog

Data is the Golden Asset: Protect It, Don’t Lose It! To protect data many enterprises use IBM Spectrum Protect™, which most of us know as IBM Tivoli Storage Manager or TSM, before the rebrand. IBM Spectrum Protect™ or TSM, offers a wide range of back-up and recovery options for the storage environment. As the focus on protecting your data at all costs begins to permeate the markets and have real meaning, organizations are attracted to the value offered by IBM Spectrum Protect™. It enables them to back up between their datacenters, or indeed to third parties. Yet difficulties can occur because moving large volumes of data across a wide area network (WAN) is, more often than not, a challenge.

The velocity of the data transfer is notably reduced when the two sites are set at a distance apart from each other. Indeed, the further they are from each other, the greater the amount of latency and the more data transmission rates are impacted. Throw in some packet loss and a bit of jitter, the result can be horrific. Actually, it is not just distance that causes issues. Bridgeworks has solved TSM performance issues for clients only 1 ms apart and using dark fibre pipes. They can now replicate cross-site, simultaneously over their old 10Gb pipes, not only saving a ton of cash in the process but more importantly bringing their ability to recover well below their SLA’s (RTO).

Network and back-up reality

The reality of your network can be likened to a big freeway or motorway. Most of the time the traffic is moving well but at peak times there are lines of traffic at a standstill, or simply crawling along at 5 miles per hour. Welcome to your back-up or replication window nightmare!

Let’s take this challenge to its logical conclusion: missed back-up windows or lengthened replication times expose businesses to potentially damaging risks should the worst happen. So businesses are gambling daily; they are subsequently adding an unnecessary risk. It is too late to act once a disaster strikes, whether man-made or through natural causes. Procrastination can lead to lost data, a lost ability to restore to the agreed recovery times, lost reputation, lost customer experience and lost customers. The lesson: act now, back-up regularly!

Performance: up to 210 times what you have today

With a little bit of help, these risks to back-up and replication can be mitigated by maximizing utilization of the infrastructure you already have.

This is where PORTrockIT for IBM Spectrum Protect™ comes in. It is tested in the most challenging of scenarios. If we were to move data clear across the United States, we would expect to see around 160ms of latency and 0.5% of packet loss, without PORTrockIT on a 1Gb line we would see IBM Spectrum Protect™ fall well below 5MB per second but with PORTrockIT we continue to move data at over 95 MB per second. In the scenario above it makes the difference between moving 300 MB per minute or 5,700MB per minute. In real terms a 600GB back-up with PORTrockIT you would be done in an hour and 45 minutes as opposed to the over 33 hours without it.

No bandwidth upgrade. No infrastructure change. Implemented in under 30 minutes.

Reducing the stakes

The protection of enterprise data is a game that is played for high stakes – particularly as the demand for real-time information and 24/7 services increases across all industries. For this reason, the ability to back-up and recovery systems quickly and seamlessly has become a business imperative.

IBM Spectrum Protect™ already has great compression features that can help to accelerate back-ups. True, but once the data is fully compressed (taking time and resources), transfer rates across the WAN become the main limiting factor on back-up performance – and if an acceptable transfer rate cannot be achieved, back-up jobs will start to overrun the available back-up window

By shrinking recovery time and recovery point objectives (RPO), companies can put themselves in a strong position to maintain seamless continuity even in the most challenging and unexpected disaster recovery situations ensuring augmented and robust corporate resilience.

Check out the full whitepaper for a more in-depth view

VMware-Like tech

Bridgeworks technology featured in The Register for its NetApp solution


Bridgeworks product – PORTrockIT – has been featured in influential online IT publication, The Register.

Chris Mellor, Storage Editor for The Register examines the ability of Bridgeworks data migration service PORTrockIT to mitigate packet loss and latency when transferring large volumes of big data across WAN networks.

His recent article talks about how Bridgework’s ‘Transformational technology is set to change the world for NetApp users.

“Bridgeworks has found way to improve wide area TCP/IP transmission of large, streamed files that compensates for packet loss, radically improving the performance of NetApp SnapMirror and SnapVault which are hobbled by packet loss.”

He continues:

“This software comes into its own when a noisy network, one that causes packet loss, is being used. With even just 0.5 per cent pack loss with a large file transfer the cumulative effect is disastrous in terms of file transfer time. By effectively sub-dividing the large file into smaller ones sent in parallel across the same physical link, packet loss effects are limited in scope and overall file transfer time across the affected network increased dramatically.” 

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