Enterprises are racing to the cloud to improve agility, fuel digital initiatives, and gain a competitive edge. In fact, according to RightScale’s 2017 State of Cloud report, 95% of businesses are already using public cloud services. That said, maximizing the benefits of cloud is not easy. Riverbed’s future of global networking study, which surveyed 1,000 IT decision makers at companies with $500 million or more in revenue, revealed what is grounding most companies' cloud-first transformation strategies.
say they are still several years away from reaching the full potential of digital transformation.
blame their legacy networking infrastructure and a lack of visibility into the cloud and its applications for holding back their cloud strategy.
report their legacy infrastructure causes cloud-related issues on a monthly basis.
agree their organization’s cloud strategy will only reach its full potential with a next-generation network to support it.
Diving deeper into these insights, enterprises often find that legacy network and security management tools cause their cloud strategies to fall short. Specifically, these approaches often compromise the scalability, agility, and efficiency that IT leaders seek when adopting cloud services in the first place.
Managing complex, cloud-connected networks through traditional appliances and approaches is slow, inefficient, and error-prone.
Protecting increasingly distributed IT perimeters using outdated security solutions forces you to compromise performance and efficiency to remain secure.
Network latency, performance concerns, and user complaints are often inherent with moving applications to a cloud-hosted environment.
Keeping pace with business demands using legacy infrastructure and operations often depletes the agility the cloud provides.
Riverbed and Zscaler offer the first seamlessly integrated cloud networking and security solution to help organizations launch successful cloud deployments. The joint solution provides a cloud-first architecture that combines the simplicity and agility of Riverbed SteelConnect software defined-WAN (SD-WAN) with the power of Zscaler security. The results? Performance, agility, security, and efficiency at scale, without compromises.
Riverbed SteelConnect is an SD-WAN solution that makes it simple to design, deploy, and manage distributed networks.
The Zscaler Cloud Security Platform provides an efficient and elastic cloud-based model for security infrastructure.
We’ve established that legacy approaches to security and networking are holding back most enterprises’ cloud and digital transformation strategies. Click on the icons below to find out how Riverbed and Zscaler solve for the most common challenges to enable seamless management and ensure unparalleled security, performance, AND agility in your cloud environment.
Manage and secure networks with speed and uniformity
Manage a unified connectivity fabric – spanning the cloud, data center, WAN, and wired and wireless LAN – from a central location with SteelConnect. Combine it with the power of advanced cloud-based protection from Zscaler, and you can securely scale your business without disrupting operations.
Easily meet dynamically changing needs
Respond quickly to the needs of your business with application-centric, business intent-based policies. Delivering the entire security stack as a cloud service further reduces operational complexity during times of change.
Empower users while protecting assets
Give employees and customers universal access to critical apps and data and the ability to use mobile devices of their choosing—all while enforcing security policies that follow the user, wherever they connect.
Securely transform to a cloud-first architecture without compromises
Treat security, performance, and agility as complementary goals, not competing ones.
Deliver superior user experiences
Securely route cloud application traffic over precision-controlled, optimized network connections to maximize application performance and end-user productivity.
Achieve peak application performance
Optimize performance of on-premises and cloud-based applications with seamless integration of industry-leading WAN optimization and visibility. Security capabilities also scale elastically, without impacting performance or requiring appliance refreshes.
Replace IT complexity with cloud agility
Slash operational costs by mitigating WAN complexity and eliminating the need for on-premises security appliances. Rapidly bring new sites online and securely connect them to leading cloud providers with a single click.
Quickly respond to business needs
Make networking updates quickly to take advantage of faster and/or broader revenue streams. Rapidly deploy new security services across all locations in minutes, with just a few clicks.
Riverbed SteelConnect SD-WAN empowers you to bring new sites online quickly with zero-touch provisioning and a unique design-first, deploy-later capability, shortening deployment windows from weeks to minutes.
SteelConnect offers one-click integration to leading cloud providers to automate connectivity between all branch locations and your cloud ecosystem.
SteelConnect’s unified network fabric is controlled from a central, cloud-based console, further streamlining operations and reducing complexity.
With SteelConnect at the branch, outbound traffic flows across the best available network based on link health and pre-defined policies for performance, security, or other requirements that you can set and modify globally. All of this can be done in a few clicks using the SteelConnect policy orchestration engine.
Industry-leading WAN optimization and network visibility capabilities are also integrated into SteelConnect, ensuring the best application experiences.
For resiliency, automatically establish primary and backup tunnels between SteelConnect and Zscaler to forward Internet and cloud traffic to Zscaler and seamlessly activate robust security capabilities, including cloud sandboxing, cloud firewall, data loss prevention, and more.
SteelConnect automates the discovery and association between branch sites and Zscaler Enforcement Nodes (ZENs). This means hundreds of branches can easily be configured to connect to Zscaler, and SteelConnect intuitively steers application traffic to the nearest ZEN for minimum latency and maximum security.
Additionally, with a few clicks in SteelConnect's policy orchestration engine, you can opt to create rules so that select applications, such as voice or video, may bypass Zscaler cloud protection.
With Riverbed SteelConnect and the Zscaler Cloud Security Platform, users have fast access to critical applications and data, with identical protection regardless of where they’re connecting from – at home, on the road, or in the office.
*Diagram is for context only and does not reflect architectural representation.
Arrive at Cloud-first Transformation
Riverbed and Zscaler have collaborated to deliver the first seamlessly integrated cloud networking and security solution, helping enterprises accelerate their cloud and digital transformation strategies. Together, SteelConnect SD-WAN and the Zscaler Cloud Security Platform provide a powerful, yet simple approach to network and security management.
The results? A true cloud-first architecture that gives today's digital enterprises unrivaled agility, security AND performance, with no complexity or compromise.
POWERFUL AND DEPENDABLE
Riverbed enables organizations to modernize their networks and applications with industry-leading SD-WAN, application acceleration, and visibility solutions. Riverbed’s platform allows enterprises to transform application and cloud performance into a competitive advantage by maximizing employee productivity and leveraging IT to create new forms of operational agility. At more than $1 billion in annual revenue, Riverbed’s 28,000+ customers include 97% of the Fortune 100 and 98% of the Forbes Global 100.
Zscaler enables the world’s leading organizations to securely transform their networks and applications for a mobile and cloud-first world. Its flagship services, Zscaler Internet Access and Zscaler Private Access, create fast, secure connections between users and applications, regardless of device, location, or network. Zscaler services are 100% cloud delivered and offer the simplicity, enhanced security, and improved user experience that traditional appliances or hybrid solutions are unable to match. Used in more than 185 countries, Zscaler operates a massive, global cloud security platform that protects thousands of enterprises and government agencies from cyberattacks and data loss.