As written about here http://blocksandfiles.com/article/5013
Riverbed recently completed a set of tests of AutoCAD 2007 and AutoCAD 2004 with four vendors’ WDS appliances: Riverbed, Cisco WAAS, Silver Peak and Blue Coat. The purpose of the tests was to confirm Riverbed’s claims that all WDS vendors are affected similarly by the new .dwg file format which scrambles bytes on a complete save, even if no changes are made to a file, and that WDS products are not able to deduplicate the scrambled information within the files.
Two vendors, Cisco and Silver Peak, have made a variety of claims in press releases, interviews, analyst briefings, blog postings and email campaigns to the contrary such as:
- “Our customers are not affected by this”
- “This is a Riverbed-specific problem”
- “Riverbed is “application-centric” and we are “data-centric” and therefore our appliances are not affected”
The data shows otherwise.
The tests were done twice for all four vendors across 64 different combinations of test variables:
- software version (AutoCAD 2004 and 2007)
- bandwidth (1 Mbps and 10 Mbps)
- ISP setting* (0 and 50) in AutoCAD
- types of changes to the file (“major” and “minor”)**
The tests confirmed that while all vendors could deduplicate AutoCAD 2004, none of the vendors tested could effectively deduplicate AutoCAD 2007 files – in fact two of the vendors sent more data when the file was saved than in the base case. While none of the vendors could reduce the amount of data sent with AutoCAD 2007, they could reduce the time to save files in the new format across the WAN by varying amounts, though not as much as with AutoCAD 2004.
The results were validated by Taneja Group, a leading storage analysis firm based in Boston, Massachusetts. According to Arun Taneja, principal and founder of the firm:
“Taneja Group conferred with Riverbed and validated their test methodology. Riverbed has been to the point and transparently forthcoming about these issues to help their customers understand the impact. Clearly, complex file format and application behavior issues present in AutoCAD 2007 impact all vendors in the same way – when test conditions are equal, there simply is no magic pill that makes any one vendor’s de-dupe or compression work better with this file format. Moreover, since Riverbed has a broad array of tools to apply to the issue, including mature protocol optimization as well as de-duplication, Riverbed actually performed better under more conditions than the WDS competition, even while AutoCAD’s 2007 file format thwarted all approaches to de-duplication. Without a doubt, this issue emphasizes the complexity of storage in the new enterprise, and goes to show that even application vendors must now understand the big picture, including how and where data is accessed and stored in customer enterprises.”
For complete test results and details of the environment, methodology, please contact Riverbed.
* ISP is “incremental save percentage” or ISAVEPERCENT, a setting in AutoCAD that governs when the application does a complete save. Setting ISP to 0 forces a complete save (and therefore scrambles all the bytes in AutoCAD 2007) even if no changes are made to the file.
** a minor change was defined as simply adding text to a file and saving; a major change involved adding a new layout to a drawing and saving it.]]>
Riverbed stock is down to $11 from $50 in 6 months. I bet they have other pressing issues to work on before they can invest resources in trying to win over a small dwg community.
This de-dupe thingy is not magic, and is quite difficult to get it right for all datasets. So, I would give the vendors some time to go look at the issue and address it. And honestly, they cannot keep track of how other file formats are changing everywhere. That can be quite a draining effort…especially when the stock is down 80%.]]>
(but you probably already knew that…]]>
And no, I do not work for any wan optimization vendor. Just an industry observer.]]>
I am forwarding this to Expand Networks see http://www.expand.com