March Madness Isn’t IT’s Problem Alone

“March Madness” is now underway creating a buzz of excitement with brackets, rivalry and the hope that this year March Madness and IT issuesyour alma mater will win. But for IT teams the excitement can fade fast with the annoyance and frustration caused by dealing with the inevitable slowdowns and troubleshooting that will occur when their company’s employees start checking scores and streaming the games online. Creating a strong offense and defense strategy ensures that IT teams can detect and resolve network traffic strain.

This year is different from the past few years because it is easier than ever for employees to watch their big games in full-screen HD streamed to desktop computers and mobile devices connected to their work networks. One of the reasons thanks to the recent initiative with the NCAA and Turner Sports every single game is available on any connected device, including tablets and smartphones.

Eight feels great: Riverbed is again a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization

It’s that time of the year – the 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization Controllers has been released Multiple+trophiesand Riverbed is in the Leaders Quadrant for the eighth time running. We continue to push our pioneering technology in order to maintain this position, knowing that our customers face different challenges from when we first entered the market.

Today IT professionals face ever-increasing application sprawl and architectural complexity as more enterprise applications migrate to the cloud and more consumer applications enter the enterprise world, thus creating the hybrid enterprise. These trends have fundamentally changed network architectures and management, introducing a new era of WAN optimization that’s calling for software-defined (SD) capabilities providing new levels of visibility and control to enable the hybrid enterprise to perform at its peak.

Riverbed’s SharePoint performance assurance

SharePoint LogoAs a SharePoint administrator or developer, the last obstacle you want is having application or network performance issues that you cannot identify after you've carefully planned the deployement.

It’s one thing to hear of complaints about adoption rates and the self-service aspects of SharePoint collaboration. In some cases, SharePoint deployments might be new and going through some implementation hiccups or there’s a lack of training that’s contributing to poor end user experience. But once users are comfortable with that, what happens when something goes wrong with execution of a workflow or it takes too long to accomplish a task with SharePoint as the underlying application?

Buffering be gone! Ramp joins Riverbed Ready to offer integrated solutions

Say your goodbyes to video buffering and welcome Ramp to the Riverbed®-Ready Technology Alliance program, Bufferingand with it, a whole new set of capabilities for both sets of customers! Ramp is the leading provider of next-generation video and search experiences for media, marketing, and enterprises. While Ramp’s technology expands the value and impact of Riverbed solutions and helps customers master the technical challenges of the hybrid enterprise, Riverbed’s market-leading products enhance and optimize their offering to customers.
Let’s check out how the two work together and create new opportunities for customers.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day from Riverbed

Are all your apps ready for St. Patrick's day? Who in your office wSaint Patrick's Dayill be doing extra time updating social media and viewing cute videos of all that can go with the celebration?

Having visibility of all your mission-critical apps and the other apps that could be crowding out productivity is essential. Let your IT staff be the leprechaun who can throttle traffic when necessary.

It’s great to be a leader…again!

Do you remember how you felt when you won a trophy at the science fair at school, or perhaps a medal for a race at an athletic competition? The feeling of accomplishment is always great. Perhaps you now revel in the accomplishments of your family and children—academic, athletic or artistic.NPMD Magic Quadrant Leaders

Well, all the members of SteelCentral team are proud, too! Just a week ago, for the second year in a row—and it’s only been in existence for two years—Riverbed SteelCentral was rated a “Leader” in the 2015 Magic Quadrant for Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics (NPMD).

The Leader’s quadrant represents those vendors that are pushing the NPM market forward with the most comprehensive portfolios and the ability to handle multiple application and technology types.

A conversation with IDC's Rick Villars: New eyes on networks and applications in a cloudy world

The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
- Marcel Proust
Rich Villars IDC

I recently had the always great opportunity to chat with Rick Villars, Vice President for Datacenter and Cloud Technologies at IDC, who has been advising companies worldwide for over 25 years on network, storage and server technologies, and the evolving relationship between IT and business priorities. 

I posed a few questions to Rick in preview of a live virtual event we are hosting on the 10th of March, in which he, together with Qualcomm’s Senior Director of IT, Zeeshan Sabir, and Riverbed Chief Scientist Hansang Bae, will discuss the changing face of IT, as cloud-based applications and the public Internet become more prevalent, and even more critical to business today. Just as in the so many other times when we have had the opportunity to step out of our technology boxes and shift our perceptions about the way things are supposed to be done, today IT organizations are experiencing a shift in the way we define enterprise WAN architectures, all in the effort to help global workforces stay as productive as possible, and with the ultimate goal of generating the maximum potential revenue for their business. The act of putting on the new glasses out of which we view the world around us is never quite the same as like flicking a light switch.

Dead Packets Society—Carpe Diem

Finding Value in Packet Captures for High Speed Networks > 10G 

Capturing packets or sniffing them from networks with lightweight probes and monitoring tools, provides a basic level of analysis and has been one of the most common ways to detect and uncover issues on the network affecting application performance.Packet Capture Dead Poets

But is it dying off, as if it were some obscure practice like the prep-school boys of Dead Poet's Society reading verses in a candle-lit cave in the middle of the night?

A lot of packet capture tools are still free and widely supported, but might not get to the root cause of issues as effectively as they have in the past.

Infographic - How to ensure everyone loves their Salesforce experience!

Riverbed has been a long-time customer, so we were excited to implement our SteelCentral and SteelHead capabilities for monitoring SaaS applications within our own IT environment. The goal was to ensure end-users were having the best experience when using Salesforce. We deployed WebAnalyzer and the latest SteelHead software to provide a holistic NPM & APM approach for high fidelity end-user-experience monitoring for Riverbed's corporate Salesforce site. The end result was unparalleled visibility into usage and performance patterns, which provided new insights for our IT operations and business management. Riverbed loves Salesforce more than ever!

To help understand Riverbed's solutions for optimizing and monitoring Salesforce, check out the following infographic!

APM and NPM—Truth or Consequences

A popular game show called "Truth or Consequences" was hosted by Bob Barker into the 1970s and was one of the most popular game shows of the last century.

Contestants on the show had to answer a bizarre question, usually a joke, with the correct answer—the truth—or they would have to perform some embarrassing stunt—the consequences.

Monitoring and troubleshooting networks and applications can be much like this game show. If you don't know the truth, you'll most likely end up in some situation where there's embarrassing consequences.

Let's hope that they aren't as entertaining as the consequences on the show —like learning how to ride a donkey or a unicycle for the first time in front of a studio audience.

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Riverbed delivers the most complete platform for Location-Independent Computing, turning location and distance into a competitive advantage. The Riverbed Application Performance Platform™ allows IT to have the flexibility to host applications and data in the most optimal locations while ensuring applications perform as expected, data is always available when needed, and performance issues are detected and fixed before end users notice. At more than $1 billion in annual revenue, Riverbed has 25,000+ customers, including 97% of both the Fortune 100 and the Forbes Global 100.

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