End-to-end visibility offers a strategic path forward

Cloud adoption is inevitable and federal agencies need to have a plan. To stay compliant and continue to “do more with less,” public sector agencies must move critical apps to the cloud quickly and cost-effectively — with minimal risk and disruption. All while maintaining visibility and control.

To prepare for a smooth transition, it’s vital to find and fix performance gaps ahead of migration. Without full visibility into the network architecture and knowledge of application baselines, it’s impossible for agencies to know all their pain points and successfully address them.

Riverbed detects and resolves unforeseen issues before IT teams migrate to the cloud — so the transition can be seamless and the user experience better than ever, whether in AWS, Microsoft or a proprietary cloud. Riverbed partners with agencies to measure and document performance before, during and after adoption to ensure that every component performs as planned — and realize the benefits that cloud promises.


Riverbed delivers:

  • Visibility – Gain a holistic view of network components, topography and potential pain points, and enforce SLAs across SaaS, cloud-based and on-premises apps and infrastructures.
  • Improved performance – Proactively assess and troubleshoot to optimize delivery of on-premises, cloud and SaaS apps; enforce performance SLAs and security for each app, regardless of source or destination.
  • Optimal end user experience – Establish a performance baseline before adoption, test and predict migration’s impact on user experience, and verify that user experience meets expectations post adoption.



Like many federal agencies, the Department of Transportation (DoT) planned to migrate its Microsoft Exchange email application to the cloud, in this case Microsoft 365. With more than 50,000 employees using the email system on a daily basis, the scale and scope of the migration was enormous. Failure would have meant lost productivity, increased costs and potential negative press.


To ensure that the migration proceeded  smoothly, the DoT turned to Riverbed’s Network Observability solutions in order to see the agency’s entire network architecture and understand the possible network and application roadblocks to a seamless migration.


For the first time, agency leaders gained a clear understanding of bandwidth requirements, data flows, and previously unknown instances of shadow IT enterprise-wide. Then-CIO Richard McKinney described Riverbed technology as a “god-send.” It enabled the agency’s successful migration to the cloud and delivered added benefits to upgrading the agency’s cyber-hygiene posture.

Through Riverbed’s specialized tools and services, the DoT was able to effectively measure its network’s performance both before the cloud adoption and along the way and take steps to mitigate the effects of network endpoints that were previously unaccounted for or unknown.


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