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Accelerate application performance and improve end-user experience to gain real productivity for your business. Riverbed SteelHead, the industry’s #1 WAN optimization solution, uniquely improves application performance, tackling both latency and bandwidth, to address network performance completely. Riverbed SteelHead offers industry leading secure optimization of all applications, across hybrid networks to users everywhere so you can leverage global resources and access applications and data from anywhere all while reducing the cost of running your business. Delivering business critical apps over the Internet saves us millions without sacrificing performance. Riverbed makes it possible. With new standards based, secure transport functionality, Riverbed SteelHead automatically encrypts all data in motion regardless of path or specifically by application groups or paths, allowing customers to protect data transmitted between Riverbed SteelHead solutions over private, public and Hybrid WAN lines.

Riverbed SteelHead for hybrid networking.  How can you leverage these hybrid WANs and make them work smarter with path selection. Businesses are adopting virtualization, cloud services, rich media applications and SaaS applications across the enterprise. This adoption has complicated network traffic and application delivery, thus straining the traditional network. As a result, businesses are transitioning to hybrid networking architectures to leverage the ubiquity, cost economics and speed of the Internet to complement the highly reliable MPLS based network. Application growth and cloud services impact every network, slowing user access.  CAD files were too large to simply open over the WAN. So, copies of these files were copied around the various offices where needed. This created revision control problems: Who has the latest version of the correct file? Where did they last save it? You can’t even buy enough interstate bandwidth to solve these problems for a company our size. A T1 doesn’t cut it on its own.

Riverbed SteelHead — Unlike Legacy Policy Based Routing

Riverbed SteelHead allows you to define path selection policies using pre defined application groups, instead of manually defining each application path individually. Leverages application aware business logic and policies to simplify configuration and deployment of path selection over Hybrid WANs. Easily calculates and derives all of the path possibilities that applications can take to specific users. Secures optimized and non optimized traffic over Hybrid WANs with standards based encryption for added security and regulatory compliance. With integrated Quality of Service (QoS) and business intent path selection, Riverbed SteelHead provides IT organizations with the ability to control network consumption, as well as what application uses which network, with priority for business critical and latency sensitive applications over recreational applications. Now, with both public and private resources, the network itself is going hybrid, combining the strengths of the highly reliable MPLS with the lower cost Internet infrastructure.

Riverbed SteelHead — Hybrid WANs And Path Selection

Riverbed performed best across our range of applications, which meant we would be able to provide better performance to all of our distributed workers and support the IT consolidation project. The configuration was simple and the devices were reliable. Their flexible in path and WCCP deployment required little to no rearchitecting of a network and works great with a heterogeneous Cisco environment. A Hybrid WAN — when controlled by Riverbed hybrid WANs and path selection for Riverbed SteelHead solutions combines MPLS, private and public Internet to increase available bandwidth, application performance and network reliability at the lowest cost possible. It allows organizations to have the benefits of a Hybrid WAN without the underlying complexity. Now, with path selection and Riverbed SteelHead solutions, you can efficiently and cost effectively leverage Hybrid WANs to meet business demands, accelerate applications everywhere and enhance IT visibility and control.
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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.