Riverbed Survey Results: Software-Defined IT Reimagined with SD-WAN

With the increased use of cloud computing, encrypted applications and network-sensitive or bandwidth-intensive applications like voice over IP (VoIP) and video, IT organizations are struggling to make existing infrastructure adapt to these needs, while staying within budget.

In the software-defined IT world of the distributed enterprise, networking is starting to be reimagined with software-defined networking (SDN) and software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) technologies that leverage automation, policy-driven control, built-in analytics, network service provisioning and orchestration in an effort to deliver the best end-user experience cost effectively.

Application Performance and ROI – Riverbed Customers Speak

People often say, you can’t improve on a good thing. At Riverbed, we don’t believe that. Take WAN optimization. Yes, we’ve led the market for eight years—a leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization. But we have never stood still.

We added integrated visibility so you see into the modern encrypted app to identify, classify, prioritize and steer that app down the best path—MPLS or public Internet—to any user. And controlling that app is now automated with the ability to use application groups, business-driven global policies and secure transport for greater business agility and cost savings.

SteelFusion: Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect

"In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state."

There are plenty of whitepapers and PowerPoint’s on what the Riverbed SteelFusion hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) can do. In a nutshell it wraps up storage, virtualization, and WAN optimization into one seamless software and hardware instance, a true HCI by any standard. But it does much more than that, and here are a couple of customer conversations I’ve had that have revealed increased productivity, cost savings, and a better use of resources that weren’t at first obvious.

Clearing Up the Cloudiness of SaaS with Riverbed

While we often extoll the virtues of moving your data to the cloud, we also hear the concerns raised prior to making that move such as losing control of the your data, the performance impact for your users, or can your employees in a remote village in Belgium, have the same experience and benefits as those in downtown Manhattan?

With Riverbed, the answer is a resounding ”yes.”

Riverbed SteelHead™ SaaS can extend the same business and user benefits of application acceleration that you’ve experienced with your enterprise applications to cloud services, and popular SaaS applications such as Office 365, SalesForce, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Box, ServiceNow and many more.

Apple iOS 9.0 Update Time – Smooth Sailing with Riverbed Web Proxy

Who doesn’t get excited about Apple updates? The Network and Sys Admin teams!

With the latest and greatest iOS 9 release, there is much to brag about—from Siri Suggestions to fun new sketching features, Apple’s self-proclaimed ”more intelligent” OS is perfectly justified. The App Slicing mechanism is another enhancement to appreciate—you can download only the assets required for your specific device, instead of “everything but the kitchen sink” as it was in previous iOS releases. What’s not to Love? Well…from a network engineer’s perspective, the minor detail that the iOS 9 update consumes a rather hefty 1.5GB of space is not music to one’s ears.  

Talking SD-WAN, SaaS, and More With Packet Pushers

We’re excited to be joining Packet Pushers for a series of upcoming podcasts to discuss the latest IT trends that are shaping today's hybrid enterprise.

For those of you who don’t know, Packet Pushers is a community of thought leaders who are experts and hardcore fans of all things related to data networking. Go check out our first podcast with them right now!

VMworld 2015 Key Takeaway – Riverbed and VMware Agree that the Future is Hybrid

After a few action packed days at VMworld 2015, it is clear that VMware is all in on Hybrid Cloud and Network Virtualization. It is also clear that Riverbed and VMware are aligned in a vision that the future of IT will be driven by software and will be a hybrid of on-premise and cloud workloads.

Hybrid Clouds will Require Hybrid Networks. At VMworld, a large focus was around how VMware is paving the way to true hybrid clouds and network virtualization with their recent announcements around vCloud Air and NSX. VMware understands that networking can often be a key barrier to realizing the benefits of the hybrid cloud because that the adoption of virtualization, cloud services, rich media applications and SaaS applications across the enterprise complicates network traffic and application delivery, thus straining traditional networks. Riverbed understands these network challenges as well and has the best solutions in the industry for managing the new complexities of these hybrid networks.

Driverless Branch Offices, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Rethink My Car


Cars have been around for over 100 years and there have been some big improvements—safety at faster speeds and more efficient fuel consumption for example—but a few items have always been the same:

  1. A person has to be in the driver seat to drive the car
  2. The engine is a variety of disparate pieces that all require their own specialized onsite maintenance
  3. You can’t quickly tune up overall performance from your home

Hyper-converged Branch IT

Did you ever wonder, "Why didn't I think of that"?

Riverbed invented the next generation hyper-converged solution specifically designed for Zero Branch IT.  It's called SteelFusion, and it's not like any other hyper-converged infrastructure solution you've ever seen.  


In the beginning - to borrow a phrase, hyper-converged solutions were designed for the datacenter or very large regional datacenters.  These original solutions create islands of (primary) storage.  They are designed to have primary copies of data at each island where they are deployed (north, south, east, west).  Backup and protection is done the old fashioned way, with backup software or replication software at each location.  They can be great for quick datacenter solutions and are usually faster to deploy and easier to scale out compared to legacy storage and server solutions.  This is great if you are designing a solution specifically for the datacenter where compute, storage and networking are much larger projects with bigger budgets.

Field Notes on Cloud Adoption and Evolving as a Cloud Technologist

cool moonWe're three quarters through 2015 and I already know I will remember this year as one that had a big impact on my career. This is the year when cloud computing finally clicked for me. My understanding of cloud infrastructures went to new heights because I was given the opportunity to productize Riverbed SteelCentral AppInternals in the Azure marketplace. Through this experience I gained practical skills for managing cloud assets with Azure SDKs and command-line tools but I also learned what factors make a cloud platform easy to use for both software development and software distribution. 

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Riverbed, at more than $1 billion in annual revenue, is the leader in application performance infrastructure, delivering the most complete platform for the hybrid enterprise to ensure applications perform as expected, data is always available when needed, and performance issues can be proactively detected and resolved before impacting business performance. Riverbed enables hybrid enterprises to transform application performance into a competitive advantage by maximizing employee productivity and leveraging IT to create new forms of operational agility. Riverbed’s 26,000+ customers include 97% of the Fortune 100 and 98% of the Forbes Global 100.

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