Each day, thousands of Bay Area families are stretched beyond their financial limits. Often times, they are forced to choose between buying groceries, paying the rent or buying medicine. Hunger frequently strikes the most vulnerable people in our communities.
You can help fight hunger now. Join KPIX 5, Riverbed Technology and Whole Foods Market as we help feed hungry families in the San Francisco Bay Area this holiday season. Stop by any Whole Foods Market and drop healthy non-perishable foods in the bin. Your donation is a lifeline.
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It’s no longer acceptable for an application performance management (APM) solution to just identify a problem. Rather, a full-fledged APM solution needs to help resolve that problem. To do that, it needs to compare the source of an application performance problem against extensive historical information about the environment so that you’re able to determine the root cause and everywhere it might have an impact.
In other words, you have a big data problem on your hands. Why? Because the only way to achieve performance analysis with sufficient richness is by accumulating high-definition transaction trace information and storing in a big data repository. Only big data methods are able to store a complete transaction history to ensure the highest degree of analysis accuracy. Here’s why Big Data APM will become even more important in 2014:
Backup has been a core function of IT teams as long as there has been data to manage. In the past, archiving was often done by leveraging a backup tool but this was far from an elegant solution. Today, backup and archiving are seen as very different, backup for fast recovery of recent data, while archiving aims to store old, seldom accessed data for long term retention at low cost.
We recently released the latest (3.1) version of our Whitewater cloud storage appliances which provides new capabilities for archiving workloads and new features that allow existing Whitewater devices to serve as an onramp to the cloud for both backup and archival data sets.
Application complexity is at an all time high. Add to that the application delivery complexities of having users connecting from mobile devices, hybrid networks connecting corporate offices, and applications hosted in cloud services and you’ve got yourself a beast of an application experience to troubleshoot. Meanwhile, business leaders want IT to be focused on more value-add and revenue generating projects, and spending less time and money on keeping the lights on (including troubleshooting).
Let’s drill into one gnarly corner of this IT performance management nightmare: branch offices. These satellite locations exist for the people working in them, not as hubs of IT infrastructure. Companies have worked diligently over the last decade to minimize the IT in remote locations and consolidate into data centers. But why does managing IT for branch offices remain such a challenge? Here are five major sources of grief for IT administrators:
When you gamble with VoIP packet loss in a Las Vegas branch office—or any branch office for that matter—you might leave your packets behind. Dropping VoIP packets gives you unnecessary disruption in phone calls or teleconferences that are crucial to your business-critical activities.
Do you remember excusing some folks on VoIP phone lines with some kind of disclaimer that they were trying something new and it's not working so well—often switching to another phone line? Well, times have changed.
Encryption and ability to transport sensitive traffic safely has received significant notoriety recently. Have you ever wondered how secure data is as it traverses the Internet, or even within your own data center? The perception is that all encrypted data is equally protected against non-authorized access and can't be hacked. We all now know, that this is not true.
Cryptographic functions are used in many aspects of networking products; they are used to generate user passwords for accessing and managing the system, used to encrypt traffic through the system for confidentiality of data or to it (again for management). It is also used to check the integrity of information for detection of man-in-the-middle attacks.
Today, Riverbed was recognized again as one of the top 20 best places to work by Glassdoor.com. As a recognition that comes directly from reviews by Riverbed employees worldwide, this is a great honor for the company. While Riverbed’s employees and partners are in great cities and countries around the globe, the Glassdoor award is also a great honor to San Francisco, the headquarters of Riverbed. With its mix of culture, capitalism, innovation, and sustainability, San Francisco provides a great environment for people and companies.
People with passion and curiosity thrive in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, and thrive at companies like Riverbed Technology. As I reflect on Riverbed’s great qualities, many commonalities with San Francisco itself come to mind:
While you may be embracing the cloud, moving mission-critical applications to the cloud may be a sticking point. In a recent survey looking into top concerns for deploying apps on IaaS clouds, reliability ranked highest with 90% of respondents rating it somewhat or extremely important. Moving to the cloud means that you rely on the cloud providers’ underlying services. Are those underlying services, such as application delivery controllers, ready for prime time?
Most public clouds provide usage-based pricing and associated cost savings, but provisioning, scalability, availability, reliability, security, and disaster recovery issues create potential obstacles to adoption, especially for the “bet your business” applications customers would like to run in the cloud.
Despite technological advances enabling infrastructure centralization and data center transformation, many companies still have too much technology housed at branch offices. According to Forrester Research, a majority of organizations report that half of corporate data is still managed at the branch level—a practice that creates many issues, including incomplete and error-prone backups. A fragmented process for backups is usually the result of rapid growth. Companies start adding branches to capitalize on business opportunities, but may not properly plan for supporting users in those locations. Soon dozens of offices are performing their own backups on different schedules, perhaps with different methods and technologies.
While the bulk of online holiday shopping may be behind us, there are several weeks to go before last-minute shoppers put their credit cards down and reach for the eggnog. Make sure your e-commerce site continues to delight with our grab ‘n’ go performance guide.
This season, millions of consumers flocked online to find deals. Black Friday broke online sales records with a notable jump in mobile traffic and sales. According to data from IBM, smartphones drove about 25% of all online traffic on Black Friday whereas tablets drove 14% of all online sales (compared to half that for smartphones). This means users are warming up to the idea of transacting on ever-smaller form factors.
But not everyone reveled in the revenue. For some, losses occured due to lack of contingency planning for skyrocketing traffic. For instance, Motorola issued an apology after unexpected demand for its Moto X smartphone crashed the device maker's website.
Riverbed. WAN optimization for your network: Application acceleration, WAN bandwidth optimization, and IT consolidation. Riverbed is the IT performance company. WAN optimization solutions from Riverbed liberate businesses from common IT constraints by increasing application performance, enabling consolidation, and providing enterprise-wide network and application visibility – all while eliminating the need to increase bandwidth, storage or servers. Thousands of companies trust Riverbed to deliver greater productivity and cost savings by making their IT infrastructure faster, less expensive and more responsive. Riverbed solutions are also available as managed services through select providers.