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You can run SharePoint and Exchange on the Amazon cloud? Really??

Posted by riverbedtest on July 29, 2011

Today's guest blogger is Laura Padilla, Riverbed's Marketing Director, National and Global Resellers.

Yes, I know the thought of Microsoft and Amazon Web Services collaborating seems like a War-of-the-worlds sci-fi movie in the vein of War of the Worlds, but Microsoft has announced a program, called License Mobility through Software Assurance, which allows partners and customers to more easily deploy current on-premises Microsoft Server application workloads on Amazon Microsoft-corporation Web Services, without any additional Microsoft software license fees. This License Mobility program allows users to employ Windows Server applications such as Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Standard Edition, SQL Enterprise Edition, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server, Lync Server, and Systems Center servers, to deploy AWS cloud-based solutions.
 
Riverbed is also working with both Microsoft and Amazon Web Services to overcome 500px-Amazon_Web_Services_logo.svg bandwidth constraints, latency, and application performance which are all considerations when moving to the cloud.  If you are looking to deploy your Microsoft Applications in Amazon's EC2, don’t miss reading how Riverbed’s WAN optimization can overcome application and network performance challenges, accelerate the process of migrating data to and from the cloud, and improve access to that data from anywhere. Lucky for you that Riverbed’s own Steve Riley, former AWS Evangelist, has crafted an informative white paper on this exact topic!

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Riverbed Storytellers Contest winner for June

Posted by bobegilbert on July 28, 2011

OK, it took us a little longer than we wanted to get to it, but we are pleased to announce that the winner DSD of the Riverbed Storytellers Contest for June is Michael Vassallo of Dancker Sellew and Douglas (DS&D). DS&D is a 180-year-old firm, with offices in the New York/New Jersey/Philadelphia area, that specializes in office furniture, trading desks, lab equipment, classroom and healthcare furniture— as well as services including logistics, office planning and office furniture installation.

Michael is DS&D's Senior Network Administrator which really means that he manages the WAN, LAN, SAN, WiFi, Servers, Desktops, and so on.  He reports that they use them for "everything" but the bulk of the traffic that flows through them is MAPI email, CIFS, SAN replication, and AppAssure Replication.

Michael says, "If it were not for the optimization that the Riverbed appliances provide, instead of minutes we would be looking at hours or days to complete transfers and would be severely behind the 8-ball."

In his winning story entitled "Just Can't Do It, Or Does It?", Michael wrote about how at first glance it looks like the Steelhead appliances aren't actually doing anything for his network.  Then he shows us a different set of data that makes it quite clear that the Steelheads are reducing bandwidth by as much as 98%. 

If you'd like to learn more about DS&D's implementation of Steelheads, please check out Michael's video (below) from 2010.  And remember, The Riverbed Storytellers Contest is ongoing.  Please enter the contest!  We'd love to share your story with the world!


 

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A pair of new customer testimonials

Posted by bobegilbert on July 27, 2011

First, we have Chris Pinckney, the CIO at Psomas, a civil engineering firm.  His firm, a long time Steelhead Appliance customer, has recently introduced Riverbed PsomasWhitewater to eliminate tapes from their backup routine. Psomas  moved their backups into the storage cloud, a move which has resulted in faster backups and quicker restores.  They have also been able to improve service to their remote and mobile workers. 


  

Our other customer testimonial comes from Livio Arleo of MTN Satellite MTN-Satellite-CommunicationsCommunications.  His company employs Steelhead Appliances to accelerate satellite-based communications to cruise ships.  Satellite communications are notoriously slow because of the extreme latency that they can introduce.  Steelheads can make a huge difference in performance over any WAN, but particularly over satellite links.


 

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Your 3AM friend

Posted by riverbedtest on July 26, 2011

3am It’s 3am, you are putting the finishing touches on your latest deployment of a virtual appliance via Riverbed Services Platform, and your shining glory is Checkpoint Firewall in a remote branch.  You’re going to sleep much better at night knowing that your little branch computers are sleeping safe at night with a big bad firewall protecting it.  You have the firewall running, you are able to ping the management interface, and you are preparing to put the device inline, but…. 

You think, “if I put the firewall inline, how am I going to put both interfaces in at the same time.  I sure am glad I thought about this because I was just about to blackhole this site.”  Now you think to yourself, how am I going to get this firewall inline, without being behind the firewall?

Well, your 3am friend is the job command.  Job is a CLI command that invokes the Scheduler within the Steelhead.  There isn’t a GUI equivalent for this, but don’t be scared, this is an easy command to master.  The syntax of the jobs command is as follows:

sh#(config)job number command number “command”

sh#(config)job number date-time hh:mm:ss

One of the biggest benefits of the job command is that it runs locally, and it will run multiple commands from a single command line entry.  So in our example we would have to run two commands to put a virtual server inline on RSP.  So the command sequence that we would execute would be:

sh#(config) job 1 command 1 “rsp dataflow inpath0_0 add opt-vni vniname_lan_interface_first vni-num end”

sh#(config)job 1 command 2 “rsp dataflow inpath0_0 add opt-vni vniname_wan_interface_last vni-num end”

sh#(config)job 1 enable

Let’s review what we just did.  The first job command inserts the LAN side interface into the virtual network data flow, and the second command inserts the WAN side interface, the third job enables the job for execution. 

To actually run the job we’ll issue:

sh#job 1 execute

One of my other favorite uses for the job command is to create time-based QoS.  In the particular instance that is coming to mind, I had a client that needed to limit replication traffic on a shared link during the day, but after 6pm, they wanted it to run full on.  At 7am they wanted to return bandwidth restrictions.  Using job, I was able to create a QoS rule that activated at 6pm and then returned back to a restricted state at the prescribed time.

So the next time you're up at 3am, get your friend to do the job, so you can get some sleep!

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Meet the Riverbed Summer Interns, Part 5

Posted by riverbedtest on July 25, 2011

Mark Olson

Department at Riverbed: Sales – Business Development

Age: 18

Hometown: Palo Alto, CA

School: Boston University

Interests/hobbies: I did a lot of theater in high school but not so much in college, I’m really interested in fashion

Have you interned at Riverbed before?

Yes, I worked in recruiting two years ago, I learned a lot about the hiring process, which is really helpful with making my own resume

What projects are you working on currently?

I’m doing a lot of work with Salesforce, mostly building out accounts, which means finding people in the company who we should be calling to try to sell them our product

What are you hoping to learn at your time at riverbed this summer?

I’m hoping to learn about how sales are made, and about the whole corporate sales process.

I’m happy to be part of such a great team in sales here at Riverbed  and I’m excited to learn as much as I can this summer.


 


Sabrina Siu

Department at Riverbed: Recruiting

Age: 18

School: University of Southern California

Interests/hobbies: Films, Music & Concerts, Reading, Soccer, My two dogs

Have you interned at Riverbed before?

This is my first year interning at Riverbed and I think this is a great experience so far. I get a first-hand experience working in recruiting and I think this is a great way to get a feel for working in a business environment.

What projects are you working on?        

I’m currently working in university recruiting where I have been researching all aspects and logistics behind Riverbed’s campus visits. I have done a lot of planning, registering, and scheduling for events such as career fairs, info sessions, and campus interviews on campus for the upcoming school year.

What are you hoping to learn at your time at riverbed this summer?

I’m hoping to learn as much as I can here at Riverbed. I think it’s great to learn about different careers and opportunities, and I have learned so much about the recruiting process behind acquiring candidates from universities.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I will have graduated from university and since I do not know exactly where my career will end up at this moment in time, I hope to be working in an industry I love and have a wonderful career ahead of me.



 

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Meet the Riverbed Summer Interns, Part 4

Posted by riverbedtest on July 21, 2011

Kate Murphy

Department at Riverbed:  Marketing

Age:  16

School:  Holliston High School

Interests/hobbies:  I love field hockey, hot yoga, running, traveling and spending time at the beach!

Have you interned at Riverbed before?

I have never interned at Riverbed Technology before.  I had heard a lot of great things about the community at Riverbed and its true everyone is so friendly and helpful.

What projects are you working on?

I have been working on the Marketing assets for all the Sales Kickoffs (Athens, Singapore, and San Diego). I have done a lot of research trying to update the photograph for the homepage on the Riverbed website. In addition, I have done research on LinkedIn gold accounts.  Riverbed is starting a career opportunities page on Linked In and would like to maximize the value of that investment.  

What are you hoping to learn at your time at Riverbed this summer?

I am hoping to gain a lot of knowledge about careers in marketing. This will help me decide what I want to study in college and what I want to do with my future.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Hopefully in five years I will have graduated from college.  After college I plan on going on to grad school or starting a career for myself.            

As for now, I hope to enjoy and explore San Francisco! It has been a great experience living in a new city and I plan on taking complete advantage of all it has to offer!


 

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Danielle Peranich

Department at Riverbed:  Recruiting

School:  I am going to be a senior at Half moon Bay High School

Hobbies/interests:  I play volleyball for my high school and a club team called Vision, I love to ski every winter (preferably in KIRKWOOD!!!) I love going to the beach and swimming in the ocean, and occasionally surfing, and I love watching football and basketball.

Have you interned at Riverbed before?

This is my first year working at Riverbed Technology, and I love it! The recruiting team has been absolutely amazing and incredibly nice.  They don’t hesitate to help with anything I need.

What projects have you been working on?

I have been working on singling out potential candidates on LinkedIn as well as contacting them about job openings at Riverbed Technology.  I have also had the chance to schedule on-site interviews for some candidates and inputting some resumes into Trovix.

What are you hoping to learn during your time at Riverbed?

                  I am hoping to learn more about the business world, and what it is like to have a real 9-5 job in the city since I have never had a job previous to this internship.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

                  I see myself at a college on the east coast probably majoring in some form of engineering or mathematics, maybe pre-med. 

I just want to say a huge THANK YOU to my dad, Dave Peranich, for giving me the opportunity to participate in this internship this summer!!


  

 

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Top Down Drill-down with Riverbed Cascade

Posted by bobegilbert on July 20, 2011

I am often asked how Cascade differentiates itself from various other network performance management products.  While there are a number of features and core capabilities unique to Cascade, I believe it is the drill-down capability that really sets Cascade apart.  It's hard to demonstrate this capability in a blog post, but I thought I would start with an analogy and take you through a typical drill-down sequence using screen shots.

Let's start with the analogy.  Cascade's ability to start from a business level, top-down view is like starting with Google Maps and getting a bird's eye view of the area in question.

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The next step is that you can drill-down with a simple mouse click. 

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Another mouse click and you are able to zoom further into the area.

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Using a seamless workflow and only a few clicks you get to the specific point that you were looking for.

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Cascade's top-down drill-down capability is just like having Google Maps for your network.  Let's look at a real-world sequence.

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So there you have it.  With Cascade's powerful top-level drill-down capability, you start with an executive level dashboard view and can drill down effortlessly to the source of the problem all the way down to the packet sequence that was causing the problem.

I would love to hear from Cascade customers about how they use drill-down to discover and resolve network and application performance problems.

 

 

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Riverbed Acquires Zeus Technology and Aptimize

Posted by riverbedtest on July 19, 2011

Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the IT performance company, today announced that it has acquired Aptimize Limited, a privately-owned company that is a market leader in web content optimization. The Aptimize organization, based in Wellington, New Zealand, will become the new Web Content Optimization product group, led by the former CEO of Aptimize, Ed Robinson. Riverbed® also announced today the acquisition of Zeus Technology, a privately-owned company that delivers high-performance software-based load balancing and traffic management solutions for virtual and cloud environments. The acquisitions of the two companies will form the cornerstone of Riverbed’s asymmetric optimization strategy.

It's a natural transition for us for so many reasons to add these technologies to our portfolio. At the end of the day, customers have come to rely on Riverbed to solve their performance problems for any application over any network. They don't necessarily care what tool they use – a WOC, an ADC, or NPM – just so long as their businesses can operate the way they need to.

Zeus and Aptimize make sense because they have created software the way application owners and devops teams want to consume application delivery – and build it right into the application stack. They are designed to be deployed into modern public and private clouds, unlike much of the legacy hardware ADCs that are sold today.

With Zeus and Aptimize, customers will get faster, more reliable, more secure Web applications, regardless of whether they are consumer facing or behind the firewall. We look forward to sharing this new technology with you in the coming days!

 

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Meet Riverbed at EMC Americas Forum 2011 – Performance Data Protection for the Cloud

Posted by riverbedtest on July 19, 2011

Riverbed and EMC are coming to a city near you! Starting today, in Chicago, you can meet with WAN optimization and data protection experts from Riverbed at EMC Forum events, and learn how to effectively and efficiently protect your data in private, public and hybrid clouds environments. At these day-long events, you will experience keynotes, breakouts and exhibits – all focused on addressing performance for managing your data in the cloud. Riverbed executives will discuss how WAN optimization plays a critical role in a data backup cloud infrastructure, off-site data security, lowered data protection costs, optimized storage utilization and lowered TCO from automation, as well as demonstrate integrated Riverbed and EMC solutions for data protection and backup to the cloud. 

Join Riverbed at the following EMC Forum events:

  • Chicago, IL – July 19
  • Long Beach, CA – August 10
  • Mexico City, Mexico – August 24
  • New York City, N.Y. – October 6
  • Boston, MA – October 20
  • Toronto, Canada – November 3
  • Dallas, TX – November 15

For additional information on the EMC Forum events, including event locations and registration, visit http://www.emc.com/campaign/global/forum2011/.

Also, learn more about how Riverbed and EMC work together — for your data protection needs — at http://www.riverbed.com/emc/.

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The rap on RAAP

Posted by bobegilbert on July 18, 2011

Today's blog is from Philip O'Toole, an engineer on our Cloud Steelhead development team, based in San Francisco.

Riverbed runs a unique program for its development and test engineers — every so Fort lauderdale often it sends us to some exotic, faraway places. While there we can sample the local cuisine, see the sites, and enjoy better weather than that in San Francisco. All we have to do is install cutting edge software on our selected customers' appliances on-site, giving them early access to our latest features.  🙂

Could life be really this good at Riverbed? Well, it's certainly good for our customers — and it's all thanks to the Riverbed Advanced Access Program (RAAP). Before Riverbed release a new version of the RiOS software, several engineers go on-site with a pre-selected customer and install the pre-release code on their appliances. We discuss the new features with the customer, test it in their network, and return with their feedback to our colleagues at headquarters.

I've always been quite impressed with the program. It keeps us engineers in touch with the customers, shows us the strengths of our products in the field, and points out the areas needing improvement.

It also teaches us Development engineers to think about the product holistically — which was an explicit goal of the program when it was first devised. We can get very involved with a single part of the new software, sometimes losing perspective. The RAAP helps us to design better products when we are reminded that Riverbed needs to sell a solution, not just a box running some clever software.

Our customers get significant direct benefit from the program too. In my experience they admire the quality of our products, so are interested in talking to the developers and testers. Just as we can learn something from them, they can gain new insight on how WAN optimization works — and that makes them more effective in their own roles.

So if you're interested in getting a sneak-peek at our next release, sign up for the RAAP at:

http://www.riverbed.com/us/communities/raap_beta.php

Speaking solely as a development engineer, customers located in the French Riviera, Hawaii, and Tahiti are particularly welcome. 🙂

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