Riverbed SteelConnect Brings The Network Into The 21st Century


April 26, 2016 will go down in history as the day SD-WAN fulfills its promise to revolutionize enterprise networking. SD-WAN is an important first step, but it alone cannot align the network to the needs of the business. There’s something more fundamental that needs to happen to transform networking. Today we introduce a radically new approach to networking: Riverbed SteelConnect, an application-defined SD-WAN solution for a cloud-centric world.  Today we’re bringing distributed networks, and the experience of the professionals who build them, into the 21st century. 


Consider how new technologies have improved all facets of networking professionals’ daily lives. Well, almost all facets…

In 1996, a digital alarm clock woke them up in the morning. They shuffled outside to pick up their newspapers. They listened to CDs in their cars, and stopped along the way to pick up coffee and doughnuts. At work, they fired up their enormous desktop PCs and CRT monitors to read email. Then they checked the status of the routers scattered across all branch offices. 

Today, they use their smartphones to sound the wake-up call, check the most up-to-date news, and scroll through emails. They stream music from services like Spotify and Pandora. They may still stop for doughnuts, but now they can pre-order the regular or gluten-free option for pickup using their smart phone. And when they arrive at their desks, they log on to their virtual desktop clients to check on the status of… those same old routers. 

That network has grown obsolete and brittle as enterprises have moved to digital services, cloud and hybrid networks. The underlying networking infrastructure-which is hardware-bound, router-heavy and hard-coded-hasn’t changed in 20 years. 

Our software-defined solutions will disrupt the multi-billion-dollar branch office router market and re-define networking, as we know it.  How?

SteelConnect brings three unique innovations and key differentiators that enable enterprises to modernize their network architectures:

1. Ubiquitous and unified connectivity: Displace antiquated branch office routers and simplify the underlying complexity of delivering applications across hybrid IT architectures-which include the combination of cloud, WAN, and remote LAN networks.

2. Business-aligned orchestration: Along with saying ‘good-bye’ to the router, let’s also stop using arcane networking terms like ‘IP address’ and ‘ports’ that are not relevant to today’s business conversations. Applications, users, locations, performance and security are the keywords for both business and IT. SteelConnect bridges the performance gap between business needs and IT capabilities with meaningful visualization of networks and plain-language policies that drive zero-touch provisioning and easy change management.

3. Cloud-centric workflow: Design first, then deploy. And forget CLI commands. SteelConnect enables network architects to first virtually design their environments and networks before deploying a single, self-programming piece of hardware to any branch office.

    SteelConnect is the first and only SD-WAN solution to unify connectivity across the entire network from cloud to data center to edge to mobile device. This tames the complexity of hybrid environments to ensure fast, agile and secure application delivery that improves business performance and reduces costs.

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