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SAN FRANCISCO – June 15, 2017 – Riverbed Technology today announced that its SD-WAN (software-defined wide area network) solution, Riverbed SteelConnect, received a “Best in Show Award” - Grand Prize in the SDI/NFI (software defined infrastructure/network function infrastructure) category - at Interop Tokyo 2017, highlighting the company's ground-breaking innovation in the rapidly emerging SD-WAN market.
Selected by a prominent judging panel of industry executives and experts, Riverbed SteelConnect was chosen as an award winner in this hotly contested category. Judges cited SteelConnect’s one-click connectivity into AWS and Microsoft Azure, integrated WAN optimization with Riverbed SteelHead and cloud-grade agility and scalability as key differentiators.
“SteelConnect represents a radically new approach to networking for the cloud era, and we’re pleased that Riverbed has been recognized as a leader in Japan’s fast-growing SD-WAN market,” said Paul O’Farrell, Senior Vice President of the Riverbed SteelConnect, SteelHead and SteelFusion Business Unit. “The SteelConnect offering is unique in that it is the first SD-WAN solution that has extended the power of policy-based orchestration across a unified fabric spanning WANs, LAN/WLANs, data centers and the cloud. SteelConnect provides a new networking experience for IT and business professionals alike, where deploying and managing network services is as intuitive as downloading apps onto your smart phone and as instant as spinning up compute and storage resources into a public cloud.”
Interop Tokyo 2017, which took place June 7-9 and drew more than 90,000 participants, is renowned for being the industry’s leading business technology event, showcasing the latest in cutting-edge networking products, solutions and services from vendors across the world.
Riverbed SteelConnect is the industry’s first and only SD-WAN solution that unifies deployment and orchestration of hybrid WANs, branch networks, and cloud environments, including one-click connectivity and optimization into AWS and Microsoft Azure. SteelConnect also enables zero-touch provisioning, allowing an enterprise to set-up a global network and connect to the cloud in minutes, and easy ongoing network management that provides the ability to make network or business/application policy changes with a few clicks of a mouse.
Today’s news continues Riverbed’s SteelConnect sustained momentum in the rapidly growing SD-WAN market. Following a successful early access launch of SteelConnect in April 2016, Riverbed launched the general availability of SteelConnect 2.0 in September 2016, with many new updates including integration with SteelCentral for visibility and dynamic routing. In early 2017, Riverbed added “one-click” secure connectivity to Microsoft Azure, integration with the market-leading WAN Optimization solution (Riverbed SteelHead SD), and a new offering for large-scale data center deployments. In March, Riverbed announced that Orange Business Services will leverage SteelConnect to deliver an SD-WAN managed service to their customers. In May 2017, Riverbed announced the strategic acquisition of Xirrus, a leading cloud-enabled Wi-Fi networks provider. The acquisition will expand wireless and wired LAN capabilities of SteelConnect – a bold step to bringing the power of policy-based network management out to the wireless edge. Today, Riverbed’s 300+ SD-WAN customers span across a wide range of industries globally, including retail, manufacturing, healthcare, professional services, finance, technology, and many more.
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