Riverbed Enhances Network Analysis Tools
February 7th, 2011 By: John Rath
Today Riverbed (RVBD) announced enhancements to its Riverbed Optimization System (RiOS) and Cascade solutions that provide advanced traffic analysis and reporting for the company’s WAN optimization solutions.
With release 6.5 of RiOS Riverbed has added executive service dashboards to the Steelhead family, providing managers with real-time analytics about their networks and the ability to fine-tune IT performance. As requirements increase for prioritizing and optimizing network traffic, RiOS summarizes performance of the whole stack – from storage to servers, and every network protocol in between.
Enhancements to the AppFlow Classification Engine in version 6.5 include the use of multiple techniques, including application signature matching, protocol dissection and behavior analysis. Having greater visibility into the traffic also allows administrators to prioritize applications based on their latency sensitivity, which gives the ability to apply a unique QoS scheduling technique based on the Hierarchical Fair Service Curves (HFSC) algorithm. Another new feature in version 6.5 is a single web interface to configure, monitor, report on and upgrade groups of Steelhead appliances.
Enhancements to the new version of Cascade provide fine-grained classification of traffic, including advanced Layer-7 awareness and a single business-level performance view of applications and services. A new service-level dashboard provides an at-a-glance status of critical services and applications, with the ability to drill down to the location, application and user level, for better visibility and control. A business-level report allows for agile decisions about network resource allocation based on a historical comparison of performance levels.
“As enterprises come to rely on more real-time, interactive, and rich media applications in their private environments or in the cloud, efficient management of network resources will become an increasingly important challenge. With these solutions, Riverbed is introducing features that help enterprises visualize and control their WAN more effectively,” said Apurva Davé, vice president of product marketing at Riverbed. “This enables IT organizations to extend visibility to the C-suite and prioritize all types of traffic and applications based on business needs for their globally connected enterprise.”
Whether solid financial growth, capturing even more market share, product awards or adding over 500 new customers last quarter, Riverbed has applied their WAN acceleration technology to the company’s success. Riverbed recorded a 40 percent gain in 2010 revenue over the previous year with $552 million, had a 90 percent growth in income, and declared a 2 for 1 stock split late last year. In a highly competitive market they have held their own against large and small competitors and continued to innovate and grow.
A changing economy and evolving technology landscape have been catalysts for Riverbed acceleration technologies as IT resources have moved further away from the end user and the wide area networks become more complex. Mobile users, cloud computing, consolidation, video delivery and other technology drivers have increased demand for Riverbed products.
Last year the company complemented its Steelhead family of accelerators with the acquisition of CACE Technologies, a packet capture and analysis company and corporate sponsor of Wireshark. The Riverbed blog shares a video of the three who’s who in packet capture software – creators of TCPDump, Wiresharek and WinPCap. In November they added Global Protocols, adding satellite network analysis abilities and government clients as well.
RiOS 6.5 and Cascade 9.0 are expected to be generally available in the first quarter of 2011.
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LauraPosted February 7th, 2011
Other major players in the WAN optimization and network acceleration space include Silver Peak Systems, Blue Coat, and Cisco.