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Introducing Riverbed SteelConnect, the cornerstone of Riverbed’s strategy for next generation, Application Defined Networking for the cloud era where networks adapt to application requirements. Riverbed SteelConnect’s application defined approach to networking, as well as the company’s expertise in WAN optimization, especially in the areas of network and application visibility allows SteelConnect to address challenges associated with ensuring agile and secure application delivery across the broadening parameters of the hybrid enterprise. Riverbed SteelConnect SDWAN and Riverbed SteelCentral Visibility to instantly scale the network to follow the pace of the Cloud growth without any security or performance compromises. Riverbed SteelConnect is the industry’s first and only product to unify network connectivity and orchestration of application delivery across hybrid WANs, cloud networks and branch LAN/WLANs with centralized policy based management, dynamic Software-Defined Routing and single click cloud deployment.

Riverbed solutions deliver streamlined data protection, reduced costs, and improved recovery point and recovery time objectives (RPO and RTO) for disaster recovery. IDC found up to 83% faster problem resolution among Riverbed customers. Employees can be productive anywhere, even if their normal workplace is unavailable. Financial services use case, IT professionals in financial services often must balance innovation that improves the user experience with the demands that come with the highest levels of trust. This financial service organization with hundreds of sites is pursuing an innovative cloud first IT strategy, leveraging IaaS Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs). Managing security and new applications added through growth is a challenge. There are up to 500 actively managed virtual private cloud instances. Unifying and securing on premises off premises perimeters needs to go hand in hand with simplified network operations and fast application provisioning.

Riverbed SteelConnect For SDWAN, Cloud And LAN/WLAN

Riverbed SteelCentral is ubiquitous and unified connectivity fabric spanning the WAN, Remote LAN and Cloud networks, business oriented orchestration for fast, agile and secure application delivery, cloud oriented workflow for designing, deploying and managing modern networks Business aligned orchestration of apps, users, locations, performance, and security. Riverbed SteelConnect provides centralized management and business intent based policy enabling automation, zero touch provisioning, quality based path selection, and application optimization. And it drives apps and data based on priority quickly to your users down the network path that you selected when setting up your business policy. Cloud oriented workflow allows you to design first, deploy, and change with ease. Riverbed  SteelConnect starts with a virtual, menu driven network design first before anything physical comes on-line. Intelligent use of a “shadow appliance” ensures quick deployment of the actual physical appliance.

Riverbed SteelConnect Use Cases

Riverbed SteelConnect delivers solutions for every industry to meet specific needs for application optimization, control and visibility, as well as Application-Defined Networking (SDWAN), cloud and security. Cybersecurity for example, security mandates, including Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) require continuous monitoring of IT systems to actively identify and report on network trends, as well as enforce access and usage policies. In line with FISMA, Riverbed solutions provide a continuous monitoring framework, observing communications between all nodes on the network in order to detect and report on behavioral anomalies and complement an active defense of data in use, in motion, and at rest. Data center and server consolidation for example, the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI) is designed to reduce costs, promote Green IT, increase security and efficiency. Riverbed solutions enable faster consolidation project implementation and up to 50X better performance for applications independent of where they are hosted, and reduce bandwidth requirements up to 95%.
Riverbed SteelConnect


A single source of truth for performance — how useful would a portal be that shows the links between business and app performance? Your single source of truth for application performance. Effectively managing application performance in today’s hybrid enterprise requires deep and broad visibility across complex networks and hosting environments. Enterprises often take a fragmented approach to managing applications. Riverbed SteelCentral Portal brings everything together in a single pane of glass, eliminating the war room approach to address performance issues that often take months to fix or never get fixed.

Rethink branch IT — Riverbed is revolutionizing the way organizations manage remote and branch office (ROBO) IT by delivering the only hyper converged solution designed with the unique challenges of edge IT in mind. Riverbed SteelFusion enables the “Hyper converged Edge”, simplifying the complexities that have become so costly to maintain in an increasingly distributed world of opportunity. What this brings is unprecedented levels of simplicity, agility, data security, and business continuity across your entire distributed enterprise.


When you add Riverbed SteelCentral to your SteelHead deployment you’ll get complete application visibility and optimization. Application visibility anywhere. Deep application intelligence and network visibility to see all applications, everywhere they run. Responsiveness and control. Rea time application visibility to ensure critical applications get Quality of Service (QoS) levels that are aligned with business objectives. Accelerate business. Deliver application acceleration anywhere while enhancing end-user experience and visibility to increase productivity levels, optimize resources and reduce TCO.

Continuously monitor them to get end to end visibility and end-user experience insights around the clock. Take control of application performance. Detecting and fixing problems on live applications has never been more challenging. Watch the Riverbed webinar series to examine and resolve common, yet elusive application performance problems that reveal themselves only when you look at them from the right vantage point. Riverbed SteelCentral NetSensor provides agentless infrastructure component monitoring to deliver a comprehensive picture of how your infrastructure is affecting network and application performance.


AutoVPN multi mesh VPN connectivity to ensure application delivery from Cloud to WAN to LAN over any network underlay (MPLS, Internet). Native cloud integration to seamlessly connect private and public clouds. Global, centralized policy management to ensure performance of applications regardless of their locations (in the data centers or in the Cloud). Single click, instant cloud connectivity and provisioning including Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.

Cloud visibility with sharing of flow data in Riverbed SteelCentral reports, enabling IT to understand minute by minute consumption of applications; report application specific performance by network, site, and user; and make path and quality of service decisions quickly. Riverbed SteelConnect is also suitable for hybrid environments that host some applications in the public cloud and need to deliver them to a remote location. Riverbed announced Amazon AWS as the first supported provider, with Microsoft Azure compatibility to be added later this year.


Riverbed SteelFusion brings the simplicity, agility, and security of hyperconvergence to the edge of your network. Hyperconvergence has seen wide adoption in enterprise IT, its modular blocks of server, storage, and networking simplify administration and improve scalability in the data center. But what about remote and branch offices (ROBOs)? According to the Taneja Group, only Riverbed SteelFusion gives IT organizations the simplicity, security, and scalability of hyper convergence to the edge of the enterprise, while still providing the performance and access that ROBOs need.

Riverbed SteelFusion uniquely takes remote office and branch office IT to zero by enabling enterprise level security for remote data, instant provisioning of remote services and locations, fast recovery from outages. and LANlevel performance for edge users. With Riverbed SteelFusion a working set of data is projected to your branch at any given time.


Accelerate Riverbed SteelHead deployments and time to value. Your organization selected Riverbed SteelHead to accelerate critical applications across your enterprise network. Now turn to the expertise of Riverbed Professional Services (RPS) to realize your business objectives quickly and consistently. From initial purchases to ongoing operations, RPS ensures optimal adoption and utilization of Riverbed SteelHead across a multitude of use cases such as SaaS, IaaS, mobile, and data center migration. Riverbed SteelHead Implementation — receive best practice planning, deployment, configuration, and operational knowledge transfer services that enhance your Riverbed SteelHead solution.

Leverage the implementation services to learn how to utilize Riverbed WAN optimization solutions from your first purchase of Riverbed SteelHead appliances through successful deployment and ongoing management. Riverbed SteelHead Optimization Audit — assess your existing Riverbed SteelHead deployment and receive recommendations to maximize the performance of critical applications. The solution derives all network path possibilities and, based on business policies, enables you to prioritize and deliver critical applications over the faster hybrid networks and less critical recreational applications and bulk backups over the Internet.


Riverbed has a wide range of APIs for its application performance infrastructure solutions, including RESTful APIs. They are the foundation for Riverbed’s developer tools, including Riverbed SteelScript for Python and the Riverbed SteelScript Application Framework. With Riverbed Open APIs, you can access metrics and configuration controls of Riverbed application performance infrastructure. This allows you to customize how you consume metrics and automate configuration, including, exporting indexed packets from Riverbed SteelCentral NetShark for custom analysis. Customizing your view of network traffic data from Riverbed SteelCentral NetProfiler alongside IT ticketing data.

Riverbed Open APIs give you the option to extend the value of your Riverbed infrastructure with customization, integration, and automation. With APIs, you can write software that automates processes. This saves time and effort, while producing more consistent results. Get more out of your Riverbed investment with open APIs. Riverbed open APIs give you the option to extend the value of your Riverbed infrastructure with customization, integration, and automation. With APIs, you can write software that automates processes. This saves time and effort, while producing more consistent results. Quickly build web applications that consume and process Data from Riverbed and beyond.