Riverbed SteelCentral Four-Time Consecutive Leader in 2017 Gartner NPMD Magic Quadrant

Heidi Gabrielson


We’re feeling pretty good right now. How many times can you say you’ve ‘won’ something four times in a row? That you are best in class? That your products are ‘pushing the NPMD market forward…with comprehensive portfolios and the ability to handle broad sets of data inputs and analytics techniques.’

Well, we can. For the fourth consecutive year, Gartner named Riverbed a leader in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics. That means we offer a ‘high degree of application-aware insight and visibility, along with advanced troubleshooting and diagnostics workflows.

Fig. 1: 2017 Gartner Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics Magic Quadrant 

Nobody can get to the bottom of a gnarly network (or app) problem faster than Riverbed SteelCentral. SteelCentral is your ‘performance command center.’ It’s the only solution that provides integrated digital experience management—deep visibility and performance on a truly end-to-end basis—from the end user’s device, across applications, networks, and into the infrastructure on which business-critical applications run. Integrated visibility from the end user’s device across the application delivery infrastructure is the only way to assure a reliable, high-quality user experience.

Within the SteelCentral portfolio, the Network and Infrastructure Performance Management solution ensures the reliability of the networks and infrastructure that underpin your business-critical enterprise apps. The SteelCentral Integrated Network and Infrastructure Management solution offers broad monitoring and analytics for network traffic and infrastructure elements…all in the context of the end-user experience. Only SteelCentral monitors and provides insights into network performance, congestion, configuration, and infrastructure elements.

It offers deep visibility and analytics at both the network level and the infrastructure level. SteelCentral enables you to quickly identify and troubleshoot performance issues, regardless of whether the source is a network issue, a configuration problem or even an infrastructure element. Unlike other solutions that have strengths in specific areas, SteelCentral Network and Infrastructure Management blends information across network, infrastructure and UC domains and enable companies to proactively manage performance as well as quickly resolve issues.

SteelCentral offers some unique and advanced diagnostics and analytics capabilities that really streamline troubleshooting and analysis and helped us earn this honorific. Features such as:

  • Drag and drop ‘views’ for packet analysis. Simply drag one or more analysis views on top of your trace or packet file and watch it do its magic.
  • Creating automated diagnostic reports that pinpoint performance bottlenecks and summarize sources of delay for a single transaction.
  • The ability to conduct ‘what if’ analyses to predict the impact of planned network changes on response times
  • Pre-defined, intelligent analysis and workflows that are functional right out of the box that enables novice users to gain expertise over time. As well as expert analysis with multi-dimensional drill down and pivots that enable you to explore all dimensions of your analysis.

Add this to the fact that Riverbed was also named a Challenger in the 2016 Gartner APM Magic Quadrant and you got yourself a pretty unbeatable combination. One of the reasons AppInternals did so well was ‘the product’s ability to collect very large amounts of fine-grained data to support the needs of complex application environments.’

View the complete 2017 Gartner NPMD Magic Quadrant report.


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