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Archive for August, 2010

Riverbed’s Virtual Steelhead at VMWorld

Posted by bobegilbert on August 31, 2010

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VMWorld is currently underway this week in San Francisco with the theme "Virtual Roads.  Actual Clouds.".  The buzz of leveraging virtualization to build private clouds is resonating with the jam-packed exhibition and break out session areas.

Riverbed is exhibiting (booth #536) and is demonstrating its recently-announced Virtual Steelhead. Built for the VMware vSphere(tm) Platform, the Virtual Steelhead offers customers greater flexibility to deploy Riverbed WAN optimization technology in a wider range of environments that have specialized needs and require resilience and customization, while still offering simplified management.

In addition, EMC will be demonstrating Riverbed's Virtual Steelhead during a session tomorrow titled "Shrinking RTO/RPO’s of VM Replication using WAN Optimization".

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Riverbed is a life saver (literally)

Posted by riverbedtest on August 31, 2010

How much difference does WAN optimization make in the lives
of people around the world?  If you’re a
cynic, you might think faster email and better network efficiency are pretty
minor in the big scheme of things.  If
you’re a visionary, you might see many opportunities to transform the way
people and IT work in pretty major ways. 
And if you’re John Lax of International Justice Mission (IJM), you would
know from experience that Riverbed can make a profound difference in the world.

“International
Justice Mission
is a human rights agency that secures justice
for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent
oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with
local officials to ensure immediate victim rescue and aftercare, to prosecute
perpetrators and to promote functioning public justice systems.”  Serious matters indeed.

So how does Riverbed play in this environment?  John notes that their investment has had both
tangible and intangible ROI.   Operating
in underdeveloped countries around the world, network bandwidth is both very
limited and very expensive.  For example,
the IJM pays $1200/month for a single connection that performs at roughly 64
kbps.  With Riverbed, he observes five
times greater throughput on those lines, saving him approximately
$4800/month.  Another way to look at this
is equivalent to four more local staff in Uganda to do the good work.

Beyond that, John recalls the reliance on connectivity as a
real requirement for safety and security. 
Fast delivery of encrypted email and files is an essential tool for
communications, especially in the face of hostile groups.  John tells a harrowing story of workers in
India being attacked while investigating a rights violation.  Thanks to some quick thinking and quick
email, they were able to contact remote staff and rally a rescue in time.  In another incident, Riverbed visibility
tools detected corrupt police attempting to break into an IJM computer, and
again they were able to defend themselves.

Read the Forbes story.

Watch the video of John describing how Riverbed has made a real difference
at IJM around the world.

For more information on the IJM, click here.

Not everyone is faced with such stark challenges in their
daily work, but everyone can benefit from Riverbed WAN optimization.

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Virtual Desktops Anywhere with Steelhead Mobile 3.1

Posted by bobegilbert on August 30, 2010

Riverbed announced today Steelhead Mobile 3.1, which introduces enhancements for Citrix, Apple Mac Systems, and key enterprise applications.

Steelhead Mobile 3.1 enables even faster performance for mobile workers accessing critical business applications such as Citrix XenApp and Exchange 2010. 

Steelhead Mobile 3.1 also extends platform support to Mac environments.  Mac users now get accelerated performance for native Mac applications as well as Microsoft applications that are being virtualized on a Mac using VMware Fusion.

Here is a demo of the new Steelhead Mobile 3.1 offering

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The Air Force sees the Need for Speed!

Posted by riverbedtest on August 27, 2010

AFITC 2010 Coin Monday, August 30 starts the 2010 Air Force Information Technology Conference in Montgomery, Alabama.  

Clearly the Air Force sees the value of Riverbed WAN Optimization.  The logo for the AFITC suggests digital speed, and the slogan for the event, Dominance at the Speed of Need, makes that even clearer.  

In addition to being represented in the vendor exhibition hall, Riverbed is also delivering a presentation during the Seminar Tracks called WAN Optimization for the Warfighter, Monday at 1330 (1:30pm for you non-military types).

We look forward to seeing everyone at this important event.

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Riverbed, the Legal Market, and ILTA

Posted by bobegilbert on August 25, 2010

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The ILTA conference (http://conference.iltanet.org/) is taking place this week in Las Vegas with about 4000 attendees learning about how law firms can unite their technology with the practice of law.  Riverbed is a gold sponsor and our own Steve Smoot will be speaking on a panel tomorrow.

So how does Riverbed play into the legal market?  It's pretty simple actually.  As the IT performance company, Riverbed has a direct impact on the performance of critical IT infrastructure and applications deployed by the legal industry.  From enabling LAN-like performance for users accessing consolidated systems to accelerating critical applications like Interwoven, Riverbed has become a key part of any legal firm's IT infrastructure.

Please visit Riverbed's booth (#515) at ILTA to learn more and to get hand's on demonstrations of Riverbed's technology.

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Are you satisfied with your WAN optimization vendor?

Posted by riverbedtest on August 20, 2010

I can't get no satisfaction,
I can't get no satisfaction.
'Cause I try and I try and I try and I try.
I can't get no, I can't get no.
–Rolling Stones

One of the most frustrating experiences for an IT manager is to invest in a vendor offering that doesn't function as promised and delivers a very unsatisfactory experience.  This becomes even more painful in the case of WAN optimization, because the WAN optimization devices must be physically scattered over numerous locations throughout the WAN infrastructure.  Troubleshooting and maintaining problematic devices under such circumstances is truly a nightmare.

Twice every year, Riverbed performs customer satisfaction surveys of its existing customers.  In the most recent survey, more than 1400 Riverbed customers responded; they gave Riverbed an overall satisfaction of 8.41 out of 10, with 10 being the most satisfied.  More than 4 out of 5 respondents gave Riverbed an overall satisfaction rating of 8 or higher (out of 10).

It's quite clear that overall, Riverbed customers are very satisfied.  But beyond that gratifying observation, the more important implication for prospective customers is that selecting Riverbed is a very low-risk/high-reward option.  We are not aware of any other vendor that receives such consistently-high customer satisfaction ratings for their WAN optimization offerings.

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Riverbed and our vendor alliances

Posted by riverbedtest on August 20, 2010

Stumbled onto a nice little write up about networking vendors and their partnerships and alliances from ChannelWeb.  They discuss 10 (really a bunch more than 10) networking alliances featuring a slew of different vendors.  The list includes Riverbed and a wide variety of vendors like HPMicrosoft, EMC, IBM, NetApp, McAfee, Aruba, SolarWinds, and Polycom, all of whom Riverbed has an alliance of one kind or another with.  And a few others we still don't have alliances with; perhaps they'll see the light someday…

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Riverbed CEO on Where We Go After WAN Optimization

Posted by riverbedtest on August 16, 2010

Riverbed CEO Jerry Kennelly was interviewed by John Gallant of IDG.  He had some very interesting quotes, including:

Cisco is the Layer 2 and 3 of networking, but the action now is less at Layer 2 and 3 and much more Layers 4 through 7.  Cisco's the king of 2 and 3 and we're the king of 4 through 7.

There are no supermen, and I think competing nine years with Cisco, I can tell you they are not supermen.

Read the whole article here.

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Riverbed Think Fast Demo: McAfee on RSP

Posted by bobegilbert on August 3, 2010

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