NEW YORK – September 13, 2016 –Riverbed Technology, the application performance company, today announced that Riverbed SteelCentral, the command center for application performance, is extending its comprehensive performance monitoring and management solution to address emerging blind spots that companies realize as they manage technologies such as mobile and cloud. To meet these new requirements, Riverbed is introducing a SteelCentral SaaS solution to provide cloud-based performance management and extending monitoring to any endpoint with SteelCentral Aternity.
“Technologies like cloud and mobile are experiencing rapid adoption by enterprises to improve agility and flexibility, and are altering the IT landscape. Traditional approaches to monitoring availability and performance need to adapt to these technologies,” says Mike Sargent, Senior Vice President and General Manager of SteelCentral, Riverbed Technology. “This release will enable companies to leverage these disruptive technologies while eliminating key blind spots, and help companies proactively manage the overall end-to-end performance of their critical applications.”
SteelCentral SaaS. For complete visibility in or outside the cloud, Riverbed introduces SteelCentral SaaS that integrates end-user experience and application monitoring with network performance monitoring. As companies continue to lean more heavily on the cloud to help them compress application release cycles and reduce costs, their ability to maintain unified visibility for multi-tier applications is challenging. Traditional APM tools are completely blind to network performance issues that often affect performance of cloud-hosted applications. As a SaaS solution, SteelCentral will provide application, end-user and network performance visibility, giving companies a complete monitoring solution for cloud-based applications.
End User Experience Monitoring. With Riverbed’s recent acquisition of Aternity, a leading provider of end user experience (EUE) monitoring solutions, Riverbed will extend SteelCentral to include EUE monitoring of all applications running on physical, virtual, or mobile devices. With the addition of SteelCentral Aternity, SteelCentral can gather data from the broadest range of sources, including app servers, application code, UC systems, LANs, WANs, browsers, and end-user devices, enabling customers to quickly find and fix performance problems, no matter where they occur.
In addition, Riverbed is integrating SteelCentral visibility into SteelConnect 2.0, the Company’s new application-defined SD-WAN (software-defined wide area network) solution built for the cloud world. SD-WAN is rapidly gaining momentum as companies seek to provide fast, agile and secure delivery of applications across hybrid cloud environments; however, understanding traffic, both before and after any updates, creates blind spots for IT. Unlike other SD-WAN companies that leverage third party relationships to address this visibility issue, Riverbed is announcing the availability of SteelCentral NetProfiler for SteelConnect 2.0, Riverbed’s new application-defined SD-WAN solution build for the cloud world. This offering leverages REST APIs and SteelCentral SteelFlow data to provide visibility into usage and availability for sites, servers, applications, and users. In addition, easily accessed reports give IT Managers detailed information about sites, links, applications and users. With these capabilities, IT Ops managers will be better able to make informed policy and deployment decisions, monitor and troubleshoot performance issues, and plan for network changes regardless of whether the application’s performance is modified across hybrid WANs, remote LANs or cloud networks.
SteelCentral SaaS is currently available in beta to select participants. It is targeted to be generally available in December 2016. For more information, visit http://www.riverbed.com/steelcentral/steelcentral-saas-early-access-signup.html.
SteelConnect 2.0 that integrates SteelCentral is targeted to be available starting October 2016, with feature enhancements released throughout the remainder of the year. SteelConnect will be fully available through the Riverbed partner network. SteelCentral Aternity solutions are currently available. For more on all of the solutions information, visit www.riverbed.com/SteelConnect.
Today, Riverbed is hosting Riverbed Disrupt, a premier customer and influencer event in New York City where SteelCentral will be prominently featured. The event will also feature discussions around the significant network transformation underway as businesses shift to digital services in a cloud-centric world. For more information on the event, visit www.riverbed.com.