Satellite networking is an essential component of modern federal, military, and commercial communications infrastructure. Whether for logistics operations, intelligence or simply as a backup to a terrestrial WAN, satellite communication transcends geographic and terrestrial infrastructure limitations to support these services.
But along with the value of satellite communications come its intrinsic limitations. This white paper will explore those challenges and Riverbed solutions so you can make an informed decision. Topics include:
- Challenges with satellite WANs
- SkipWare®, the first commercial implementation of the SCPS protocol
- The Riverbed Optimization System (RiOS)
- Riverbed in the Satellite Architecture
Organizations looking to better utilize their satellite communications can face a variety of environmental and operational obstacles including bandwidth, latency, and packet loss.
SkipWare® provides many tools and performance features that build on the original specification of the SCPS protocol.
Even with SkipWare deployed, satellite networks still face a number of performance challenges associated with the inherent limitations of common applications over high latency, constrained bandwidth channels. To solve these challenges, the Riverbed Steelhead appliance offers a full-featured acceleration package for satellite networks that serves as the perfect complement to SkipWare.
Riverbed offers software-only implementations of the Steelhead appliance, which can be inserted into the network with identical performance results.
Together, Riverbed and SkipWare offer the best of both worlds: the market leading acceleration capabilities of Steelhead appliances alongside best-of-breed SCPS functionality from SkipWare.