New Riverbed SaaS Accelerator Solves the SaaS Performance Problem


More and more business applications live in the cloud. Whether CRM apps, Microsoft Office 365, or homegrown solutions, SaaS is the fastest-growing area of enterprise software by a long shot. In fact, 73% of organizations say over 80%of their apps will be SaaS by 2020, according to The 2017 State of the SaaS-Powered Workplace Report. But while these applications run in the cloud, performance is as important as ever. 

The new Riverbed SaaS Accelerator is purpose-built to facilitate fast, agile, secure delivery of SaaS applications to any user, anywhere, ensuring even the most far-flung and mobile employees stay productive and business continues apace.

The need for SaaS application performance is clear

Slow SaaS applications reduce workforce productivity and significantly impact organizations’ ability to execute in highly competitive markets. Here's a worrisome number: ESG (Enterprise Strategy Group) recently surveyed 200 enterprises about their SaaS usage patterns, and a full 42% reported that at least half of their distributed or international workers suffer consistently poor performance of their SaaS apps. 

And these apps are the lifeblood of day-to-day business. It's been challenging for enterprise IT organizations to feel like they have control over the performance of applications in the cloud. Now that a capable solution is at hand, it's time to stem this ongoing leak of expense and productivity.

How Riverbed SaaS Accelerator works

The Riverbed SaaS Accelerator offering is very flexible, able to accelerate SaaS to any user, anywhere — not just limited to branch offices. All that’s required is any SteelHead endpoint running in a branch offices and/or SteelHead Mobile on a mobile device, either of which will then connect the user to SaaS Accelerator in the cloud. Once those requirements are in place, the solution takes care of all the details so there's no need to configure anything on the SaaS provider's end. It's easy for IT to spin up, whether for select users or everyone in the enterprise.

The end-user outcome? Increased performance by up to 33x, and up to 99% reduction of bandwidth usage. Not to mention an optimal human experience that leads to happy, productive users.

SaaS Accelerator is delivered as a service and has an OPEX payment model based on concurrent end users on a global scale. This model offers maximum convenience, flexibility, and affordability for the global enterprise. Organizations can purchase AppUnits (similar to tokens at an arcade), and allocate them (or reallocate, as desired) to accelerate specific applications. 

The security posture of many enterprise organizations requires backhauling all SaaS traffic through a central data center. This increases travel distance to the cloud, which leads to a strong possibility of reduced end-user performance. SaaS Accelerator supports this common use case as well, maintaining the security posture while largely ameliorating any performance penalty incurred by backhauling SaaS traffic.

An essential piece of the larger Riverbed ecosystem

Riverbed SaaS Accelerator is an important new part of the larger ecosystem of Riverbed performance management solutions, which can monitor and enhance enterprise performance from the edge to cloud, and back.

  • SteelCentral Aternity reveals exactly what kind of performance end users are experiencing in their business-critical applications, irrespective of whether apps are running locally, at the data center, or in the cloud.
  • SteelHead appliances in branch sites, SteelHead Mobile on laptops, and Riverbed SaaS Accelerator in the cloud can work together to accelerate lagging SaaS applications, ensuring users everywhere can leverage global resources and access the applications and data they need to keep the business moving.
  • IT can proactively monitor for effectiveness using SteelCentral Aternity for fast troubleshooting and measured end-user experience management. If there's a performance problem, IT will know immediately.

This closes the end-to-end circle of performance monitoring and application acceleration, all delivered by a suite of closely integrated products that just work, together.

How to learn more

If you're like to learn more about the new Riverbed SaaS Accelerator, visit the website or contact your Riverbed representative.