Riverbed: Zeus Tech Powers Stingray Software

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Riverbed Technology (RVBD) introduced Riverbed Stingray, a new software portfolio featuring application delivery controllers (ADC), Web content optimization (WCO) and Web application firewalls.  The Stingray product family is an extension of Riverbed’s mid-summer acquisition of Zeus Technologies.

Complete Performance Portfolio

While much is taken from Zeus Technology, Riverbed molded Stingray to address customer needs related to the growing adoption of private and public clouds. Riverbed has also introduced  cost-effective configurations with monthly subscription models to make Stingray accessible to small and medium businesses (SMBs) and enterprises. The product family is comprised of Stingray Traffic Manager, Stingray Web Application Firewall and Stingray Aptimizer.

Traffic Manager

Stingray Traffic Manager anchors the product family as a flexible, high-performance ADC that enables a single point of management for accelerating enterprise applications. It provides an advanced scripting and enterprise-level functionality for things like global load balancing, bandwidth management, rate-shaping and service level monitoring. Stingray Traffic Manager is available in virtual and software-based configurations in 1000, 2000 and 4000 Series models. Monthly pricing subscriptions start at less than $200.

“Riverbed is helping accelerate this growth as Stingray provides enterprise customers with a simple, yet powerful and flexible solution that integrates into their application stack and quickly optimizes and accelerates applications hosted in the cloud,” said Cindy Borovick, program vice president, Enterprise Communications and Datacenter Networks at IDC.

Web Application Firewall and Aptimizer

The Stingray Web Application Firewall is designed to provide security by protecting Web applications against threats and enabling businesses to meet their security compliance requirements, including payment card industry data security standard (PCI-DSS). It is available as an add-on that can be managed by Stingray Traffic Manager or as a stand-alone solution.

For a web content optimization solution Riverbed offers Stingray Aptimizer, which allows enterprise customers to deliver both internal Web applications much faster. Aptimizer reduces page load times and reduces bandwidth by instantly transforming the content (multiple image formats, javascript, CSS files, etc.) that is delivered from a Web server to the website viewer, accelerating website performance in some cases by up to 400%. “Rather than limit ADC performance optimizations to elements like server offload and compression, our vision is to integrate WCO as a must-have tool for operating any public website or enterprise application. The end result will be faster, more useful applications that provide a richer experience on any platform, and ultimately improve enterprises’ bottom lines,” said Apurva Davé, vice president of marketing and product management, Stingray Business Unit at Riverbed.

The Stingray product family is generally available October 25.

About the Author

John Rath is a veteran IT professional and regular contributor at Data Center Knowledge. He has served many roles in the data center, including support, system administration, web development and facility management.

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