A Leader – THIRD Time in a Row!



SteelCentral Magic Quadrant Leadership has become a Riverbed tradition, especially in the NPM category.

Since the first ever NPMD MQ back in 2014, Riverbed SteelCentral has been the clear leader so we’re thrilled that Gartner, in its latest Magic Quadrant, has again named us a leader.

With our strong positions in both Gartner’s NPMD and APM Magic Quadrants, Riverbed SteelCentral is now recognized as the undisputed leader in end-to-end performance management across networks and applications.

SteelCentral’s Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics solutions are a core and integral part of SteelCentral, the command center for application performance. More specifically, our NPM tools play a lead role in the following SteelCentral use cases:

1. Performance Monitoring & Troubleshooting

2. Visibility, Optimization & Control

….and in the near future,

3. Application Defined Networking or SD-WAN

SteelCentral Use Cases

We are in strong position but we are not resting on our laurels! Our 2016 launch plans will be delivering true innovation, taking the portfolio to the next level. Here are some of the things we will be delivering:

Q2’16 – more powerful  Performance Monitoring & Troubleshooting capabilities with end-to-end visibility for Skype for business (UCExpert), significantly faster reporting performance, modernized Web UI, and troubleshooting workflows (NetProfiler).

Q3’16 – simpler and more sophisticated SteelCentral platform, offering UI consolidation, simpler and clearer component fit. Expect to see more SteelCentral platform integration (i.e. UC Expert with Portal) as well as cross-platform integration with SteelCentral in SD-WAN.

The Role of SteelCentral Visibility in SD-WAN

I am really excited about SteelCentral in 2016. We have great momentum, a great platform, new exciting products releasing throughout the year and an enormous market opportunity to go after. There are three things I am excited about:

1. SteelCentral has the strongest overall combined position in the Performance Monitoring market

2. We regularly displace strong NPM incumbents and APM leaders—will maintain the confidence of a leader and continue winning

3. The SteelCentral Platform will get even better in 2016 and will play a leading role in the Riverbed SD-WAN strategy

Happy selling!



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