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New Riverbed SteelConnect solution poised to disrupt ‘legacy’ network routing market, with the ability to replace thousands of manually configured routers with virtual network design
New Riverbed SteelHead SD combines industry-leading WAN optimisation solution with SD-WAN capabilities, powered by SteelConnect, into a single-device
INDIA – February 21, 2017- In a major move to revolutionize networking in India, Riverbed Technology, the application performance company, today launched Riverbed SteelConnect™, an SD-WAN (software-defined wide area network) solution that offers a radically new approach to networking for the cloud-era and simplifies the design, deployment and management of enterprise networks. Riverbed SteelConnect disrupts legacy hardware-based approaches to networking – which haven’t changed much since the 1990’s - with a software-defined, cloud-managed and application-centric solution that delivers the agility, visibility, and performance that businesses need to succeed in the digital age. Riverbed also announced the availability of a new line of SteelHead SD models, which combine SteelConnect and its industry-leading SteelHead WAN optimisation into a streamlined, single-device solution.
The cloud market in India continues to grow at a rapid pace, with spending on public cloud services expected to reach $1.81 Billion in 2017 (up 38 percent from 2016)(Gartner, “Public Cloud Services, Worldwide, 2014-2020, 4Q16 Update,” February 2017) . The continued push for digitalisation by the Government of India through initiatives like Digital India and Smart City - as well as moves towards a ‘less cash’ society – is directly and indirectly fuelling this growth. While there have been major advancements in cloud computing, cloud storage and cloud apps, traditional networking has been left behind. In fact, Gartner says 50% of cloud deployments will suffer from business-impacting performance issues, requiring extensive network redesign.
“Organisations in India are under tremendous pressure to transform digitally and to deliver more agile, simple, scalable and cost-efficient services to their customers,” said Nagendra Venkaswamy, Vice President, India and South Asia for Riverbed. “Legacy approaches to networking - built long before the cloud formed - are hardware-centric, rigid, and error-prone; preventing businesses from moving forward and threatening investments in digital transformation and the cloud. SteelConnect represents a complete rethink of networking in the cloud era. It’s an application-defined networking solution that leverages Riverbed’s application DNA and integrates industry-leading visibility, to provide the agility, simplicity and speed enterprises need to manage today’s complex cloud and hybrid architectures.”
Demand for SD-WAN in India
Industry analyst projections indicate an enormous pent-up demand for newer and better approaches to networking. Gartner expects SD-WAN uptake to grow from less than 1% of enterprises today to 30% of enterprises by the end of 2019(Gartner, “Market Guide for Software-Defined WAN,” December 2015) , and IDC expects the worldwide SD-WAN market to grow from less than $225 million in 2015 to more than $6 billion in 2020 (IDC, “Cloud and Drive for WAN Efficiencies Power Move to SD-WAN,” March 2016).
“Think of SD-WAN like re-architecting a house, but with the plumbing, painting, electricity and gas all supplied with the click of a mouse,” said Venkaswamy. “SteelConnect provides a new experience of networking for both IT and business, 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 in the cloud. We believe it has the potential to disrupt the multi-billion dollar branch office router market and re-define networking in India as we know it today.”
Networking built for the cloud
Networking needs the same agility that is provided by the cloud to deliver on the promised business outcomes. SteelConnect delivers this through a unique set of capabilities:
In order to simplify large-scale global SD-WAN deployments, SteelConnect is also available for the data center via new SteelConnect SDI-5030 Data Center Gateway Appliances. While other SD-WAN solutions can require thousands of line of configuration updates and/or firmware upgrades to core data center routers, SteelConnect benefits from integration with the battle-tested Riverbed Interceptor appliance to non-disruptively integrate and orchestrate SD-WAN and WAN optimisation services into data center networks, with elastic scale and high-availability to support application delivery across thousands of remote locations.
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Combining WAN-Optimisation and SD-WAN capabilities
Driven by customer demand, Riverbed also announced a new line of SteelHead SD models, combining industry-leading WAN optimisation alongside SteelConnect SD-WAN into a streamlined, first-of-its-kind single-device solution, delivering a simplified approach to cloud networking, superior app performance and cloud-grade network agility for the modern enterprise.
“Even as enterprises embrace cloud computing for increased business agility, network-connectivity issues remain a major challenge,” said Brad Casemore, research director for datacenter networks at IDC. “Riverbed has responded by offering a solution that integrates SD-WAN and WAN optimisation so that customers can have unified control and management of both traditional and hybrid-cloud networks. Interestingly, IDC research has found that the top three customer requirements for SD-WAN are security, WAN optimisation, and policy control and management. With this announcement, Riverbed has sought to address all three concerns in a single device.”
SteelConnect and SteelHead WAN optimisation work together seamlessly to exchange application identification and classification information to ensure an end-to-end application-centric solution across the network. This is in contrast to dual-vendor approaches where the fidelity of application identity is compromised as packets transmit between discrete network services.
For more information on Riverbed’s SD-WAN solutions, visit http://www.riverbed.com/sdwan
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