SteelApp Web Accelerator

The industry’s leading virtual web content optimization solution

Formerly Known As: Stingray Aptimizer software

SteelApp™ Web Accelerator can be deployed and working in minutes to dramatically accelerate your web applications today. Faster web applications, happier users, and liberated developers – these are a few of the many benefits of SteelApp Web Accelerator. Sophisticated web content optimization (WCO) techniques automatically speed up public websites, intranets, cloud applications and Microsoft SharePoint deployments by up to 4x. 

 

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  • What is Web Content Optimization (WCO)?

    WCO dramatically accelerates web-based applications and websites by dynamically grouping activities for fewer long distance round trips. It compresses images to reduce bandwidth, increases caching for faster repeat visits and prioritizes actions to give super-fast response times for loading web pages.  Resulting in improved business results for a huge range of web-based activities including Microsoft SharePoint, public websites, intranet portals and cloud applications.

    What are the benefits of SteelApp Web Content Optimization Solution?

    “Although the primary benefit of SteelApp is performance improvement, another is that it has improved the adoption of the intranet in those areas where performance originally lagged.”
    - Greg Stimson, financial and program manager, Golder Associates 

    Asking your customers to wait is like asking them to leave.  SteelApp will speed up web content served across networks regardless of access device or browser, for improved application performance and  high-level  service for all users. Accelerate the load times of your complex web pages by up to four times. Meanwhile, intelligent caching and dynamic compression reduces data on the wire by up to 90%.

    Three options make deployment flexible

    • Automatic performance optimization
    • Up to four times faster load times and 90% less data on the network
    • Any device, any browser, automatically
    • Speed up Microsoft SharePoint for better collaboration

    Get started today with a free SteelApp Web Content Optimization software download

    Why Choose SteelApp?

    Upon installation, US Markerboard immediately began to see performance improvements across all the websites. First, and foremost - load times improved from 9 seconds down to 3 seconds. Page views increased by 27% and pages visited increased by 8%.

    “What I can tell you is due to some significant changes, not the least of which was installing SteelApp, our sales grew over 15%. We met and are exceeding all of our monthly sales projections. This is amazing.”
    - Scott Newman, CEO at US Markerboard

    SteelApp has a huge range of optimizations to deploy to maximize performance for dynamic websites. Where point approaches can be very labor and cost intensive, and still not address the cumulative bottlenecks, SteelApp brings the best practices to life in a simple to deploy, automated package. To optimize even close to SteelApp usually takes weeks or months and many SteelApp features can’t be done manually.

    • Improve web application adoption across an enterprise
    • Speed SharePoint response times for more productivity & collaboration
    • Reduce capital & operating costs of alternative capacity approaches
    • Increase revenue with more usage of point of sale and informational tools
    • Improve user satisfaction & reduce helpdesk complaints 

    Test your site's performance now with the Website Speed Test tool.

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  • SteelApp™ Web Accelerator automated complex performance tuning

    25% boost to customer conversion rate at US Markerboard

    By making automatic performance tuning possible, SteelApp™ Web Accelerator helped US Markerboard reduce page load times by three seconds, without developer involvement. US Markerboard also saw direct improvements in sales:

    • Conversion Rate: 25% improvement
    • Average Order Value: 15% improvement
    • Purchased Products: 65% improvement
    • Sales Increase: 15% growth in 2010

    Faster page load times encourages use of SharePoint intranet

    40 seconds cut from SharePoint load times at Golder Associates in Johannesburg, South Africa

    At Golder Associates, SharePoint page load times were reduced immediately in regions where performance had previously been poor. A page that took 55 seconds to become available to a user in Johannesburg, South Africa for instance, now took only 15 seconds for the first view.

    “Although the primary benefit of SteelApp™ Web Accelerator is performance improvement, it has also helped improve adoption of the intranet in those areas where performance originally lagged.”
    - Greg Stimson, financial and program manager at Golder Associates. Back To Top
  • SteelApp™ Web Accelerator software dynamically accelerates web content by merging scripts and style sheets for fewer browser to web-server round trips, compressing images to reduce bandwidth, optimizing caching for faster repeat visits, and prioritizing actions to give the best possible response time for loading web pages.

    Step 1: Install SteelApp™ Web Accelerator software

    Install the software on a server, as a proxy, as a licensed add-on to SteelApp™ Traffic Manager software, or as a web-server extension for SharePoint. Configuration takes just 1 to 2 hours with no changes to your application.

    Steelhead+Aptimizer

    Step 2: SteelApp™ Web Accelerator gets to work

    Sophisticated WCO techniques accelerate web content and reduce data size. SteelApp™ Web Accelerator reduces the number of HTTP round trips, and adaptively adjusts layout for more efficient page loading.

    Step 3: Enjoy the results

    • Pages load up to four times faster
    • Lowers traffic up to 90%
    • Get these results across all types of browsers and devices
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  • Riverbed SteelApp™ Web Accelerator software

    This is our standalone solution for web content optimization for any web application. It works with any application delivery controller (ADC), making it easy to upgrade and accelerate exiting enterprise or online applications.

    Riverbed SteelApp™ Web Accelerator for Traffic Manager software

    A licensed add-on to SteelApp™ Traffic Manager software, making it the industry’s only complete ADC with integrated WCO capability.

    Riverbed SteelApp™ Web Accelerator for SharePoint software

    Deployed as a simple web-server extension to Microsoft SharePoint, this version speeds up a SharePoint website or intranet. It reduces browser round trips to and from the server, which lowers page load times up to 90%.

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  • For complete Technical Specifications, see the SteelApp™ Web Accelerator spec sheet

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    •  SteelApp™ Web Accelerator Product Options

      SteelApp™ Web Accelerator Product Family

      Deployment Mode

      License

      SteelApp™ Web Accelerator
      Stand-alone solution Throughput and Page views per day

      SteelApp™ Web Accelerator for Traffic Manager

      Traffic Manager Add-On

      Page views per day

      SteelApp™ Web Accelerator for SharePoint and IIS

      SharePoint/IIS web server extension

      Server and Seats

    •  Model Specifications - SteelApp™ Web Accelerator for Traffic Manager Configurations


      Small Enterprise

      Medium Enterprise

      Large Enterprise

      SteelApp™ Traffic Manager Model

      1000 Series

      2000 Series

      4000 Series

      SteelApp™ Traffic Manager Configurations

      L

      M

      H

      L

      M

      L

      M

      H

      VH

      SteelApp™ Traffic Manager Profile

      Software or Virtual Appliance

      Optional Features for Stingray Traffic Manager

      SteelApp™ Web Accelerator for Traffic Manager - Accelerated Pages per day

      250,000

      250,000

      250,000

      Additional Accelerated Pages per day

      Option – Available in 250K increments

      Performance figures refer to licensed performance limits. Performance achieved may be lower due to environmental conditions and capacity of customer-supplied hardware or virtual environments. 'Unlimited' means that no performance limit is applied.

    •  Model Specifications - SteelApp™ Web Accelerator Configurations

      SteelApp™ Traffic Manager Model

      1000 Series

      2000 Series

      4000 Series

      Configurations

      L

      M

      H

      L

      M

      L

      M

      H

      Profile

      Software or Virtual Appliance

      Throughput

      10 Mbps

      200 Mbps

      1 Gbps

      1
      Gbps

      2
      Gbps

      5 Gbps

      10 Gbps

      20 Gbps

      SSL transactions per second

      None

      None

      None

      Functionality

      Module

      Module

      Module

      Accelerated Pages per day

      250,000

      250,000

      250,000

      Additional Accelerated Pages per day

      Option – Available in 250K increments

      Performance figures refer to licensed performance limits. Performance achieved may be lower due to environmental conditions and capacity of customer-supplied hardware or virtual environments. 'Unlimited' means that no performance limit is applied.

      SteelApp™ Web Accelerator Functionality Matrix

      Functionality

      Module

      Availability

      1000, 2000, 4000 Models

      Load Balancing

      -

      Application Acceleration

      Y

      SSL offload

      -

      Compression offload

      Y

      Web Content Caching

      Y

      TrafficScript and RuleBuilder

      Y

      IPv6 support

      Y

      Global Load Balancing

      -

      Bandwidth Management

      -

      Transaction Rate Shaping

      -

      Service Level Monitoring

      -

      Application Auto-Scaling

      -

      Application Firewall

      -

      Aptimizer Web Content Optimization

      Y

    •  System Requirements - SteelApp™ Web Accelerator Software and Virtual Appliances

      Software environment: Aptimizer Proxy

      Linux 2.6.22 or later (x86, x86_64)

      Virtual environment: Virtual Appliance VMware vSphere 4.0, 4.1, 5.0, 5.1
      XenServer 5.5, 5.6
      Oracle VM 2.1, 2.1
      Hyper-V R3
      Riverbed SteelHead RSP

      Recommended hardware: CPU

      Intel Xeon / AMD Opteron

      Recommended hardware: Minimum memory

      4 GB

      Recommended hardware: Minimum disk space

      10 GB

      Recommendations apply to small-to-medium size deployment with simple configuration. Additional hardware capacity will increase performance capacity, caching capacity and will support complex Aptimizer configurations. Additional hardware capacity is recommended when using the SteelApp™ Web App Firewall option or the SteelApp™ Traffic Manager option.

      SteelApp™ Web Accelerator Proxy software may be installed on a supported operating system running on any supported physical server, or within supported Linux guest on a wide range of supported virtualization platforms.

    •  System Requirements - SteelApp™ Web Accelerator for SharePoint and IIS

      SharePoint Compatibility

      Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 2007, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Microsoft SharePoint Server Foundation 2010, Microsoft SharePoint Server Standard 2010, or Microsoft SharePoint Server Enterprise 2010

      Internet Information Server compatibility

      IIS version 6, 7, 7.5 and 8.0

      Operating System compatibility

      Microsoft Windows 2003 Server x86/x64, Microsoft Windows 2008 Server x86/x64, or Microsoft Windows 2008 Server R2 x64, and Microsoft Windows 2012 Server

      Resource requirements: CPU

      x86 or x64 processor 1GHz or better. System should be less than 50% utilized before Aptimizer installation

      Resource requirements: Memory

      512MB free RAM per web application to be accelerated

      Resource requirements: Disk space

      200 MB free disk space (software), 1 GB free disk space (minimum) for disk cache

      Notes: Resource requirements reflect minimum requirements for a low-traffic service. High-traffic or complex web services will require additional resources to gain full Aptimize benefits.

      View the spec sheet

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