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New Steelhead Mobile Innovations

Posted by riverbedtest on July 21, 2009

Riverbed announced a new product and enhancements to Steelhead Mobile yesterday.  We've expanded our offering to allow organizations from small-to-mid-size businesses (SMBs) to the largest global corporations allowing their mobile workforce with LAN-like access to corporate files and applications.

Here's a look at the new features…

Steelhead Mobile Controller Virtual Edition:

The Steelhead Mobile Controller Virtual Edition (SMC-VE) provides enterprise-grade acceleration for SMBs or larger organizations that have a small number of mobile workers interested in implementing strategic deployments of Steelhead Mobile.  SMC-VE is a virtual package deployed on the Riverbed Services Platform (RSP), a virtualized platform that provides customers with the capability to run up to five additional services and applications in a protected partition on the Steelhead appliance. By running SMC-VE within the RSP, Riverbed offers enterprises the opportunity to obtain all of the same benefits of Steelhead Mobile while eliminating the need to purchase additional hardware.  Enterprises can purchase as few as 10 initial licenses, up to a total capacity of 100 licenses, to make it easier to cost-effectively target mobile users in environments where the additional scale of the SMC is unnecessary.

Increased Steelhead Mobile Controller Capacity

In addition to reaching smaller organizations with the SMC-VE, Steelhead Mobile 2.1 also extends the reach of the Steelhead Mobile Controller (SMC) appliance by increasing the total license capacity for the largest enterprises.  The SMC is now capable of managing 2x as many licenses as before, for a total 4,000 licenses without any new hardware.

Application Layer Lotus Notes Optimization

Steelhead Mobile now offers application-layer optimization for Lotus Notes for mobile workers, giving Notes users the chance to be productive anywhere. Developed directly with IBM to optimize email, calendaring, and web, Steelhead Mobile provides performance gains of 18x or more for Lotus Notes.  Together with the Lotus Notes application layer acceleration introduced in RiOS 5.5, Riverbed is the only vendor with a complete Lotus Notes acceleration solution for both mobile and remote office workers.

The security, speed, and simplicity of Steelhead Mobile further extend the benefits of Riverbed optimization and acceleration leadership to the mobile worker for organizations of any size. Use these great new features to enable improve application performance, and minimize management overhead.


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