Riverbed successfully completes ONUG’s first testing program in SD-WAN

Last week, Riverbed met all the industry-defined standards for delivering a SD-WAN to its 24,000 customers by completing the Open Networking User Group (ONUG)’s first testing program to validate market solutions against key IT requirements. Riverbed SteelHead, our leading application optimization solution, was put to the test for SD-WAN capabilities and performed superbly.Riverbed+ONUG+Testing

The ONUG use case validation testing is a landmark event in the networking industry, signaling the first time commercial solutions are being tested against requirements outlined by the ONUG Working Groups. This extensive three-month testing process was conducted by Ixia in conjunction with ONUG. The ONUG tests aim to provide proof of concepts, feature validation, and demonstrations to ensure that the networking solutions in the network overlays, SD-WAN, and network services virtualization areas deliver on the top ten requirements developed by the ONUG Working Groups. SteelHead delivered on all ten ONUG requirements.

SteelCentral encouraging collaboration across IT silos

If there is one theme in IT infrastructure that I see occurring over and over again in today’s industry, it is cross-domain management.EMA logo

We are all familiar with the network operations center (NOC), home to the network-centric view of infrastructure monitoring. Enterprise IT organizations have multiple technology domains that are managed by specialized administrative teams with siloed management tools. The NOC is just one such example. However, these silos are a problem. Culturally they discourage collaboration during troubleshooting events, and technically they lead to management tools that lack end-to-end views into business-centric objectives like service quality and end-user experience.

Things are changing, and the days of the independent NOC are coming to an end. In our most recent network management megatrends research, Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) found that 40% of enterprises have integrated network operations monitoring into a converged, cross-domain operations center.   These operations centers are environments where network engineers, systems administrators, storage systems managers, virtualization specialists, and application managers work together to monitor services and manage events. These cross-domain teams can help enterprises eliminate the operational silos that impede their ability to focus on business objectives like service quality. But these teams need integrated tools to succeed. EMA research has found, for example, that 39% of enterprises require their network management tools to be integrated with application performance management (APM) tools.

Establishing an end-to-end, service-centric view of IT operations is really about understanding and modeling relationships—relationships that exist both within technology domains and between them. For instance, an APM tool needs to understand how web servers, application servers, and database servers interact to deliver a service. Network performance management (NPM) tools need to understand how each node on a network combines to provide a network path for those applications to traverse.

For a few years now, Riverbed’s SteelCentral family of products has offered many of the basic APM and NPM tools that can serve as the basic building blocks of a cross-domain operations toolset. NetSensor monitors the health and performance of network components. NetProfiler measures overall network performance through packet and flow analysis. AppResponse provides network-based application performance management. And AppInternals provides code-level application performance and end-user experience monitoring. Each of these tools on their own can provide good insight to the network management team or the application team, but together they can provide unified visibility into service quality.

With SteelCentral Portal, Riverbed has addressed the requirement of unified visibility. Portal is a front-end integration of the four SteelCentral tools. Combining Riverbed’s AppMapper, an application discovery and dependency mapping (ADDM) tool, with live monitoring and performance data from all of the SteelCentral tools, Portal gives infrastructure operations an integrated view of user experience, application performance, system performance, and network performance in one interface. Administrators can quickly zero in on service quality events in the traditional ADDM interface and then drill into APM and NPM views that get to the root of the problem. Such a tool should help IT operations maintain an end-to-end service quality view of the data center, and it should encourage collaboration across IT silos.

This is a guest blog post by Shamus McGillicuddy, Senior Analyst, Network Mangagment, at Enterprise Management Associates (EMA).


A new era for on-demand video and live streaming! Viocorp joins the Riverbed-Ready Technology Alliance Program

Riverbed welcomes Viocorp to the Riverbed-Ready Technology Alliance Program for a collaboration that brings you a Streaming+video+optimization+bigger and better online video experience, optimized for large-scale viewing! How is the new collaboration between Riverbed and Viocorp’s technologies providing a seamless experience for our customers? Well, it all comes down to the joint solution’s ability to address the technical challenges currently being experienced when using online video effectively for large-scale viewing.

Through this new alliance, the companies will enable large-scale, live and on-demand video on enterprise networks leveraging Viocorp’s Viostream and Riverbed SteelHead, the industry’s #1 optimization solution for accelerated delivery of all applications across the hybrid enterprise. Greg Miner, CEO, Viocorp, had this to say about the integrated technologies: “This alliance marks a new era of on-demand video and live streaming by optimizing the transmission of video over the WAN, reducing the impact of consumption on the network, and delivering a higher return on existing IT infrastructure.”

Azure networking features WAN optimization at Ignite

As companies are migrating to the Cloud, application performance needs to be seamlessly maintained.  At Microsoft Ignite this week, the Azure Networking team has done a great job walking attendees through all the new cloud features released this week; the power of these enhancements; the breadth of solutions within Azure, ExpressRoute, as well as advanced connectivity with a deep focus on the needs of enterprise customers.

Riverbed+at+IgniteAs part of their sessions, they have consistently been highlighting the key ecosystem components - ADCs, WAN optimization, and Security Appliances.  Riverbed is proud to be the featured WAN optimization partner.

Five questions you should ask to detect and fix app and network performance issues

Selecting the right end-to-end performance management solution to help you “detect & fix” problems faster

QUESTION #1 - How many business-critical applications do you have and how quickly do you need to troubleshoot them when they’re slow?

Determining the types and number of business-critical applications your business uses every day can help you to narrow your focus when selecting a performance management vendor. Focus on how fast you need to Detect and Fix network and application problems – maybe even before they impact your users. Just finding all the applications running RIGHT NOW across you network can often lead to some unexpected discoveries and insights. For example, shadow IT apps that your users have downloaded and are being used on an ad hoc basis could be consuming more bandwidth than you anticipated. SteelCentral network performance management (NPM), in conjunction with SteelHead application acceleration, can help by quickly and automatically identifying all the applications on your network – business and recreational – so you can effectively troubleshoot, plan for growth, and police the network, if necessary.

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Figure 1: Service Dashboard in SteelCentral NetProfiler displays at-a-glance health of all your critical business services.

Microsoft Ignite sparks it up on day one!

23K+ attendees gathered today at McCormick Place in Chicago for Microsoft’s first ever cross-platform global user conference, Microsoft Ignite.Ignite keynote

In Satya Nadella’s keynote he stressed Microsoft’s “Mobile First, Cloud First” focus, and how the IT and partner community can change the industry by coming together as one community.  “It goes beyond tech, it’s the business approach with the partners,” he said. 

Microsoft not only said the words, but demonstrated this by showcasing many new products and preview releases across their portfolio.  Their focus on Azure, Productivity, Office 365, Desktop and Server excited those of us from Riverbed fortunate to attend the show.  Our solutions align very well to Microsoft’s offerings and vision.  A great example of this was Riverbed’s prominent inclusion in a comprehensive and well-delivered Azure session “Evolve Your Network Infrastructure for Microsoft Azure Connectivity” by Ganesh Srinivasan.

When branch offices go awry: Detecting and fixing application and network performance issues made easy

Branch OfficeWhat if you could predict when something goes wrong with your apps or the network and then fix it before it happens? It's probably not possible but how about getting close?

The best way to accomplish this is to have complete visibility of what's going on with your users, apps, and the network. But how and what can you really fix that might be broken?

One of the exciting things about Riverbed's Application Performance Platform is that you have choices depending on your needs and the complexity of your environment. 

Let's take a quick look at one example that we'll call "Branch Offices Gone Awry."

You have the power to Rethink Branch IT with Riverbed at EMC World

With EMC World just around the corner, let’s check out some of the updates around Riverbed and EMC’s joint offering and review some “must-do’s” for an optimized experience at EMC World next week, May 4-7 in Las Vegas.

I want to start by highlighting today’s challenges around branch and remote site IT and then share how together, EMC and Riverbed deliver the Branch of the Future and give you the power to rethink IT at every branch or remote office from the point of view of the business rather than technical constraints.

Today’s key challenges around branch office IT:

  • Supporting the growing numbers of employees, on average half, in branch offices
  • Protecting data that is at risk with nearly 50% residing outside the data center
  • Costs targeted for branch office support represents roughly half of IT budgets

APM and NPM strategies for spring

Spring is a great time of the year in lots of ways. Trees blossom, daffodils line the streets, and better APM NPM Visibilityweather brings many of us out from the cold—and in this year's case—a very bitter winter. Just ask anyone from Montana to Maine to Massachusetts; it was challenging.

A lot of us start the season with a little spring cleaning, out with the old and in with the new. We might start planning for vacations or a few updates to the house. We might renew some initiatives to simplify our lives instead of having just a bunch of stuff or activities that bog us down.

For those of us in IT, how about some spring cleaning strategies for your APM and NPM tools?

Cut Diagnosing Performance Issues from Days to Hour with Joint Riverbed and IXIA Solution

This week we’re excited to join Ixia’s Partner Summit in Scottsdale Arizona. Let’s start with a quick overview of how Riverbed SteelCentral integrates seamlessly with Ixia’s Network Tool Optimizer (NTO), and then see how a customer has been able to solve their application performance and visibility challenges with this joint solution.

The Ixia Net Tool Optimizer (NTO) complements Riverbed SteelCentral solutions by extending access to all the network traffic needed for analysis. The joint solution helps customers to address application performance and visibility challenges by providing:

  • Complete visibility into network and application traffic
  • A highly scalable system that is easy to deploy 
  • Enhanced monitoring accuracy to help solve IT performance issues more quickly

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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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