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Satellite 2011 Opens in Washington DC

Posted by riverbedtest on March 14, 2011


Today's guest blogger is Jin Woo, Manager for Public Relations here at Riverbed.


This week Riverbed will be in booth #949 at the Satellite 2011 Conference, taking place at the Walter E Washington Convention Center in Washington DC. This will be a great opportunity for everyone to learn about the benefits Riverbed users can expect by improving satellite-based WAN communications.

Back in November 2010 Riverbed acquired Global Protocols, the creators of Skipware, the leading commercial implementation of the Space Communications Protocol Standards (SCPS). The addition of Global Protocols's SkipWare to Riverbed WAN optimization bolsters Riverbed's leadership position in delivering optimization solutions for satellite networks. Skipware customers are able to overcome the performance challenges associated with extremely high latency that satellite-based networks introduce.

Unlike satellite-specific optimization products, which typically only improve the behavior of TCP, Riverbed WAN optimization solutions tackle all three factors affecting satellite-based WANs:

  1. Limited bandwidth
  2. TCP behavior, and
  3. Application-protocol inefficiencies. 

Riverbed satellite-based WAN optimization solutions are utilized by organizations where landlines are not available, too expensive, or unable to deliver the required bandwidth. Often this includes oil platforms, cruise ships, and military field units.

In February, Riverbed also announced enhancements to the Riverbed Optimization System (RiOS), the software that powers Riverbed WAN optimization solutions, to deliver LTTS, TCP Westwood, and SCPS integration into Steelhead appliances. The satellite optimizations deliver adaptive TCP optimization to better utilize bandwidth over lossy links with high latency, and to deliver resiliency in the case of packet loss. This release also offers continued support for SCPS interoperability.

To learn more about how Riverbed helps customer accelerate satellite environments, click here.

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