Application-Defined SD-WAN for the Cloud Era


SteelConnect is a revolutionary application-defined SD-WAN solution

It provides you with an intelligent and simplified approach to designing, deploying and managing distributed networks for today’s cloud-centric world. 

SteelConnect leverages the principles of software-defined control to provide:

  • Simple yet powerful workflows for policy definition based on a new set of primitives to reflect the natural language of business: Applications, Users, Sites, Performance and Security
  • Single-click setup of SD-WAN and application acceleration capabilities in Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services cloud environments
  • User-to-server control, wherever the user (static or mobile) or server (cloud or on-premises) might be
  • Scalability for large environments, including data centers. No rip-and-replace needed
  • Integrated application acceleration and visibility capabilities, provided as a single-box, dual-box, virtual or cloud-based solution

Why SteelConnect?

SteelConnect is the only SD-WAN solution that:

  • Allows single-click creation of SD-WAN capabilities in the cloud
  • Fully automates secure connectivity between cloud vendors, between cloud regions and between branch locations and the cloud
  • Provides a unified management console for cloud, WAN and LAN/WLAN. Application acceleration, WAN Optimization and visibility are also orchestrated here
  • Replaces the pains of WAN management complexity with cloud-era IT agility
How It Works

SteelConnect was designed to be highly intuitive and powerful

The solution consists of appliances and a centralized management console that the administrator uses to view network health, deploy appliances and make changes to policy. Secure connectivity is automatically established with appliances, policy is updated, and, based on real-time network health, business-critical applications always receive right-of-way.

SteelConnect components include a manager, gateway, and switches and access points

SteelConnect components include:

SteelConnect Gateway: A line of physical and virtual secure WAN gateways that provide unified connectivity (point-to-point and full-mesh) and enforcement of global policy across on-premises and cloud network environments, zero-touch provisioning, automated VPN management and next-generation firewall and threat protection capabilities.

SteelConnect Switches & Access Points: A line of remote LAN switches and Wi-Fi access points that support zero-touch provisioning, automate global enforcement of access control policies and provide complete visibility into connected users and devices.

SteelConnect Manager: A centralized and multi-tenant management portal that provides an intuitive and simplified workflow for designing, deploying and managing distributed and hybrid networks.

SteelConnect Demo Videos

Using the SteelConnect Manager GUI

Getting Started: Org, Site, Zone, Gateway

Configuring AutoVPN between Sites

Configuring AutoVPN between Sites

IV: Deploying Wi-Fi at Sites

Deploying Wi-Fi at Sites

V: Configuring Remote Employee Access

Configuring Remote Employee Access

VI: Maintaining Visibility With SteelConnect Manager

Maintaining Visibility With SteelConnect Manager

VII: Integrating with Amazon Web Services

Integrating with Amazon Web Services

Not only does this simplify sharing and collaboration, but we anticipate saving around 75% of our global telecommunications costs over the medium term. - Elizabeth Harper, CIO at GHD

Benefits: How SteelConnect Accelerates Your Business Performance

  • Agility

    Quickly respond to the needs of your business with application-centric, business intent-based policies that are centrally managed and applied network-wide across all remote locations.

  • Reduced Costs

    Maximize the use of redundant and lower cost connectivity options with zero-touch provisioning & centralized management to reduce the cost of deploying and maintaining a hybrid WAN architecture.

  • Security

    Leverage secure transport network services & integrated firewall capabilities to ensure the secure delivery of all applications across your hybrid enterprise.  Securely identify and manage the performance of today’s modern and encrypted applications running over SSL, TLS and HTTPS.

  • Reliability

    Create a highly available WAN architecture that virtualizes and dynamically leverages multiple links at remote locations.  Retain end-to-end visibility of network performance and end-user experience for troubleshooting and problem resolution.

  • Performance

    Deliver superior application performance to your business with the industry-leading WAN optimization solution from Riverbed.

With SteelConnect, we now have the ability to very quickly build and deploy a global network in a matter of hours, which would have taken months of planning and deployment before. - Rob Gillan, CTO at SimplePay

How Much Can You Save With SD-WAN?

Use this calculator to find out how much you would save based on your custom SD-WAN use-cases and deployment size. You can also contact us to talk about your individual use cases. 

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Tech Specs
Riverbed is well positioned to disrupt the SD-WAN market with its SteelConnect solution, and has placed a great deal of visionary thought and engineering behind its development. - Daniel Conde, Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group

Technical Specifications

Learn more about the technical characteristics and requirements of SteelConnect.

Download: SteelConnect Spec Sheet

Download: SteelConnect Data Sheet


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SteelConnect Use Cases

Riverbed expands SD-WAN use-cases beyond Hybrid WAN.
See what’s possible when an industry-leader redefines how networking is done.

Hybrid WAN

Business Use Case
Simplify the management of multiple networks with cloud-based centralized management and a menu-driven, simplified design and workflow.

Hybrid Cloud

Industry Use Case
Connect your Virtual Private Connections (VPCs) together with full mesh VPN.

Visibility and A Cloud-First Strategy

Financial Services Use Case
Unifying and securing on-premises/off-premises perimeters needs to go hand in hand with simplified network operations and fast application provisioning



Simplified cloud connectivity with SD-WAN


Customer Story

Customer Story

SimplePay Group Selects Riverbed as its Software-defined Networking Partner to Scale its Business GloballY

SteelConnect Services

Assess SD-WAN Migration and Accelerate SteelConnect Deployments and Time to Value

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