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Riverbed in the Leaders Quadrant of the 2010 Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization Controllers

Posted by riverbedtest on January 5, 2011

Riverbed_logo Riverbed announced today that it has been positioned by Gartner in the Leaders Gartner136 quadrant of the 2010  “Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization Controller” authored by Severine Real, Andy Rolfe, and Joe Skorupa and published in December, 2010. According to Gartner, this report positions vendors in one of four quadrants – Leaders, Challengers, Visionaries and Niche Players – based on the companies’ vision and ability to execute on that vision.  You can see the complete report here. The Magic Quadrant itself is shown below:

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According to the report, “the WOC (WAN optimization controller) market is maturing rapidly, but remains dynamic, with a high level innovation from vendors.” Further “Leaders exhibit an ability to shape the market by introducing additional capabilities in their product offerings and by raising awareness of the importance of these features. We expect a Leader to grow the market as a whole and to have solutions that resonate with an increasing number of enterprises. Leaders in the WOC market need to have a broad features set, including QoS, generic compression, protocol acceleration and file system acceleration, with the majority of features proved in substantial real-world implementations. They also need to be able to offer sales and support on a global basis.”

Over the past year Riverbed has focused its efforts on meeting the ever-changing needs of global organizations, which has led to the development of a comprehensive solution that provides LAN-like performance no matter where an employee or data is located.  The breadth of the Riverbed product family has expanded to provide organizations with enterprise-wide network and application visibility, unmatched performance for large-scale data center-to-data center replication, “local” performance for remote and mobile workers, and acceleration for private and public cloud environments.  In 2010, Riverbed introduced three new products to address to growing demands of the global enterprise:

  • Virtual Steelhead™ enables customers to deploy Riverbed WAN optimization solutions in a broader range of environments that may have specialized requirements, such as ruggedized environments or environments with space limitations, as well as data centers that have been heavily virtualized.
  • Riverbed Cloud Steelhead™ instances accelerate the process of migrating data and applications to the public cloud, and accelerate access to that data and those applications from anywhere.
  • Riverbed Whitewater applianceTM provides organizations with a fast, secure and cost-efficient method to seamlessly integrate cloud storage into their existing backup infrastructure and disaster recovery (DR) strategies.

With these new solutions, Riverbed helps deliver flexible, accelerated performance without requiring IT organizations to make changes to their current architecture.

Logo-mcafee To address the needs of organizations looking to embrace globalization and empower employees in remote offices, IT departments have traditionally deployed rich resources at the enterprise edge, which has proven to add complexity Logo-FF-TMG10b to an organization’s IT infrastructure.  The Riverbed Services Platform (RSP) provides enterprises with a Branch Office Box (BOB) solution that addresses the enterprises’ desire to provide branch offices with essential edge IT services, while reducing Polycom_logo the amount of distributed servers. The RSP allows enterprises to run up to five additional services or applications virtually in a protected partition on the Steelhead® appliance.  In addition to providing support for local print services, DNS/DHCP and enterprise video, Riverbed expanded its partner ecosystem in 2010 to Vyatta_logo also provide McAfee Firewall Enterprise, Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway, Polycom Video Edge, and Vyatta Subscription Edition router, firewall and VPN software as edge service packages on the RSP. 

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One Response to “Riverbed in the Leaders Quadrant of the 2010 Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization Controllers”

  1. Thanks for the update on the quandant!

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