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Riverbed

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Background

The Leader in Application Performance Infrastructure

Who is Riverbed?

Riverbed® is the leader in Application Performance Infrastructure, delivering the most complete platform for Location-Independent Computing. We enable organizations to embrace location-independent computing to better leverage global resources, radically reduce the cost of running their business, and maximize employee productivity. Riverbed’s 24,000+ customers include 97% of the Fortune 100 and 95% of the Forbes Global 100.

Riverbed Application Performance PlatformTM

Riverbed was founded in 2002 and we shipped our first SteelHead WAN Optimization appliance in 2004. Since its launch, SteelHead has been and continues to be the industry’s #1 WAN optimization solution, winner of the InfoWorld 2013 Technology of the Year Award seven years running. It’s always been known for accelerating delivery of applications to the branch and now it also accelerates delivery of SaaS and cloud-based applications. And, now with Path Selection, SteelHead can prioritize mission-critical apps for delivery over the fastest networks while delivering lower-priority apps over the Internet.

“We started Riverbed 11 years ago to eliminate distance and location as variables in delivering applications by solving the problems of latency and bandwidth limitations in wide area networks. We’re proud of our heritage in pioneering the WAN Optimization market and we believe that SteelHead has an important and bright future. But Riverbed today is much more than Wan Optimization.

“Over the last four years, we’ve made the journey from a single product to four major product sets that add up to something much bigger, the industry’s most complete application performance platform to enable a concept we call: Location-Independent Computing.”

Jerry M. Kennelly, Chairman and CEO, Co-founder of Riverbed

Riverbed has been expanding beyond its original value proposition with significant investments in innovation that led to the development of Riverbed Granite®, a storage delivery solution that reduces TCO and expedites branch office backup, recovery and restore of applications and data after disasters or outages.

In addition, Riverbed has acquired innovative technologies that solve related IT performance problems. Riverbed Stingray® is the most flexible ADC on the market and recognized as the most visionary solution to optimize secure and scalable delivery of applications from private or public clouds to users anywhere. The acquisition of Mazu in 2009 and CACE Technologies in 2010 led to the development of the Riverbed Network Performance Management (NPM) product line, and the acquisition of Opnet in 2012 led to the development of Riverbed SteelCentral™ SteelCentral™ Application Performance Management (APM) products. Together, these make up the Riverbed Performance Management product line, which provides enterprise-class end-user, application and network performance management to detect and fix performance problems before end users notice.

All of these products come together in the Riverbed Application Performance Platform, which ensures applications perform as expected, data is always available when needed and performance issues are detected and fixed before end users notice. Together with its partners, Riverbed offers the most complete platform for Location-Independent Computing.

Products

 

SteelApp for Application Delivery Control & Scalability by Riverbed

Formerly Known As: Stingray

A family of application delivery products that provide visibility and control of traffic to and from applications, enabling fast, reliable, and secure application delivery to users anywhere from the cloud or datacenter. It is a complete software-based Layer 7 application delivery controller (ADC) with integrated web content optimization (WCO) and web application firewall that enables companies to quickly and securely delivery applications where and when they are needed in an elastic manner. Riverbed’s unique approach automates the deployment, licensing and metering of application delivery services, making possible an “ADC per application” delivery model in which isolated resources and costs for ADC-as-a-Service can be allocated to each client application. This unique approach reduces costs and time to production while enabling rapid change and scale for data center applications.

 

SteelCentral for Performance Management and Control by Riverbed

Formerly Known As: OPNET, Cascade, NEOP

Riverbed performance management and centralized management is the only end-to-end solution that combines user experience, application, and network visibility to detect and resolve issues before end users notice.

Riverbed SteelCentral provides end-user, application, and network performance management and centralized control. Riverbed delivers visibility, analytics, and insight empowering companies to leverage IT to innovate and differentiate from the competition. SteelCentral drastically reduces the time and effort required to develop, deploy, and ensure application performance. Its solutions are leveraged throughout today’s rapid application lifecycles and across IT operations and development teams, providing a centralized and common solution to maximize efficiency, performance, and productivity in today’s application driven world.

“The ability of Riverbed to quickly distinguish server, network, and applica­tion problems … has greatly increased IT staff productivity. And the less time we spend troubleshooting and upgrading, the more time we have for new projects to make the network even more useful to the hospital system.” - Ben Aheto, Network Manager, Bellevue Hospital Center

 

SteelHead for WAN Optimization by Riverbed

Formerly Known As: Steelhead

The #1 WAN optimization solution that delivers applications and data at the fastest speeds across the optimal networks at the lowest cost.

Riverbed SteelHead is the industry’s #1 WAN optimization solution that accelerates the delivery of applications to the branch and from the cloud, and allows IT to prioritize delivery of mission-critical applications over the fastest networks. The ONLY leader in the “Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization Controllers” for seven years in a row, SteelHead pioneered WAN optimization in 2004 with unique innovations for application and data streamlining across the WAN and Internet to deliver the best end-user experience regardless of location, network, or device while dramatically reducing network bandwidth.

With SteelHead, SaaS apps can be delivered up to 33x faster while using 97% less bandwidth. As a result, SteelHead has become critical to Microsoft Office 365 deployments with over one million users being accelerated to date.

What is WAN optimization?

Distance, delay, and inefficiencies—these can dramatically slow your access to data and applications over the Internet or a wide area network (WAN). By attacking the causes of slow performance, WAN optimization accelerates applications and data transfer so connected people can be more productive. It increases performance while enhancing IT control and visibility across datacenters and branch offices, in the cloud, and on the go.