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Clouds and cables: a pair of useful websites

Posted by riverbedtest on November 7, 2011

Occasionally I encounter fascinating websites that collect lots of neat data and present it in useful ways. I'd like to share a couple of my favorites with you this morning. And yes, they both relate to the topic of computer networking!

CloudSleuth: analyze cloud performance, produced by CompuWare (and with whom we partner), provides a application that displays near real-time cloud performance metrics. The Global Provider View displays the results of measuring a sample application running on multiple public clouds. You can choose response time or availability metrics, a time window between six hours and 30 days, and four separate geographic areas (or the whole world). You can navigate through a map with clickable city nodes, a line chart that graphs the last six hours, or a table listing the raw data. You can narrow the view to specific providers and cities. Scroll the page down to read a thorough description of the measurement methodology, including the design of the sample application.

Greg's Cable Map: explore the undersea backbone

Cablemap2-smWhen I first discovered this site, a couple hours of my day flew by 🙂 Greg's Cable Map mashes data from Wikipedia, fishermen's charts, marketing materials, and other sources onto a Google map of the world to reveal the millions of kilometers of telecommunications cables that ring the planet. When you hover over a cable, a box at the bottom of the browser window displays the cable's name, number of landings, length, and bandwidth. When you click the cable, additional data appears to the right, including in-service date and landing locations. There are some truly curious entries: for example, a 5 Tbps cable between Svalbard and Norway! Why so much bandwidth in such a remote place? Polar orbiters have to dump their data somewhere.

Your favorites

Do you have some favorite data visualization websites? Feel free to share in the comments. We seven billion Earthlings are awash in data; visual displays can help us to interpret it better, reveal otherwise subtle yet important trends, and make the information more interesting

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Meet the Riverbed Summer Interns, Part 8

Posted by riverbedtest on August 15, 2011

We'd like to thank our intern Emily Pyne for putting together these Intern Introductions all summer.  This will be the last of these, as Emily's internship has ended.  Thank you to Emily and to all of the interns who participated in this project.

Rohan Naik

Department: Stock Administration

Age: 19

School: UC San Diego–Political Science/Economics major

Interests/hobbies: watching sports (go Niners/Dubs/Giants), playing baseball, writing, social work for my fraternity (Kappa Sigma)

Have you interned at Riverbed before?

This is my first time interning at Riverbed. As this internship is nearing its end, I can confidently say this was one of the best environments I’ve had the privilege of working at. All of the employees here, from our own managers to employees outside our department, have been very welcoming and open to lending a helping hand. Riverbed is truly a great company with great people.

What projects are you working on?

This summer I have worked on several different projects. I’ve updated trading plans and their respective grants for senior members of the company, worked on an international compliance project, updated employee stock information, worked with a program called Equity Edge that manages employee’s stock. 

What have you learned at your time at Riverbed?

This has already has been an incredible learning experience. Working in the stock department for a public company that trades on the NASDAQ has allowed me to be exposed to the various logistics that go into managing stock for domestic employees and also the different regulations that are in place for international employees. I’ve also found a potential career path as my manager has been teaching me about the CEP, an option that is definitely appealing to me.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In 5 years I’ll be 24, graduated from college, and hopefully holding a steady job. I’ve always wanted to get my MBA but that is probably something I would want to get after working for a few years post-graduation. But since it’s summer time I really see myself living it up on an island like Ibiza, sipping on a pina colada and enjoying life to its fullest.  


Ryan Lundquist

Department at Riverbed: Corporate sales – Business development

Age: 20

School: Ohlone college

Interests/hobbies: Guitar, gym, surfing, outdoors, camping, partying, I’m an excellent pool player after these 8 weeks at riverbed J

Have you interned at Riverbed before? 

This is my first summer here at Riverbed.   It was a great experience, it’s a wonderful place to work!

What projects are you working on?

I’ve been doing countless projects, updating accounts in salesforce, cleaning up excel documents containing different  customer groups, adding information to customer groups where information was limited, as well as calling into Cash for RMA accounts trying to set up meetings.

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

 I’ve learned that working in an office environment is not so bad at all.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Working. At a company. Making money.


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The Industrial Cloud Revolution

Posted by riverbedtest on August 12, 2011

Does anyone else miss writing those high school history papers? You know, the ones that all start “With the Industrial Revolution came widespread change across the economic, political and social fabric of western civilization…” Blah, blah, blah. Anyone? Anyone?

Not so much, eh? Okay, it wouldn’t be the first time I’ve flown solo in the history-nerd department.

PSM_V41_D520_A_leather_factory_stitching_room But the reason the Industrial Revolution was such a great opener for many a high-school history paper was that it really did transform the economics of production, which had wide-reaching implications for modern civilization. Production went from small-scale, localized, cottage-industry to large-scale, concentrated production centers benefiting from economies of scale and scope. Various innovations, from the flying shuttle to the assembly line, were instrumental in creating the efficiencies of industrial revolution factories, but at the end of the day, creating more products, more quickly wasn’t worth much unless you had exposure to enough customers to buy them. In other words, you had to get all those products to market.

Enter the steam engine. With a steam-powered railway infrastructure, industrialized manufacturers could get their products to more markets, faster.  Which is a good thing when you just churned out more pairs of pants in a year than everyone in a hundred mile radius could wear in their combined lifetimes.

So, why am I going off about steam engines and the Industrial Revolution? Well, here in IT land, we’re having a bit of an Industrial Revolution redux. Virtualization has enabled IT administrators to consolidate servers and gain economies of scale, and companies like Amazon, Rackspace and AT&T are beginning to offer basic IT services on-demand, passing on even GREATER economies of scale. But all the cheaper, on-demand compute and storage in the world isn’t worth much if you can’t get the product (applications) to market (users).

We need a steam engine for the cloud revolution. Oh, wait! WAN optimization has proven to accelerate network-based applications by reducing bandwidth consumption and the impact of latency. Choo-choo!! Layer on network performance monitoring (who’s keeping track of all these trains?), web content optimization (how are we loading these products on the trains?), and application delivery controllers (what train is going where, when?) and you have yourself the speed and intelligence for a high-performance cloud delivery system.

 All aboard!

Extra credit: Join Amazon Web Services Senior Evangelist, Jeff Barr, and me on August 17 for a webinar on how to optimize your cloud server deployments. Register here!

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Things are fishy at Riverbed

Posted by bobegilbert on August 10, 2011

The fish theme continues to be represented in various ways at Riverbed Technology.  From our flagship Steelhead appliance being named after a trout to our Whitewater cloud storage gateway and Cascade network performance products representing the earthy environments that provide ideal habitats for fish.

This week in particular kicked off in a very fishy way as a new Riverbed logo'd fishing hat was recently provided to our sales team and as a result, photos covering activities involving the hat started flowing in.

If you are a Riverbed customer, partner, or employee, we would love to see your fish photos!  Please send them to







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Are you really seeing all of Riverbed’s Social Media Stuff?

Posted by bobegilbert on August 4, 2011

Thank you for reading our stuff here in the blog.  Did you know that we also have Social Media stuff in lots of other places.  Every now and then I think it's a good idea if we step back and review them here.

  • Twitter.  You can find us on Twitter as "@riverbed".  We have about 2900 followers Twitteron Twitter right now, and there's a lot of good stuff about what we're doing there.  Please  take a minute and follow us; you can use this button right here.
  • Facebook.  We have a page of stuff on the world's most popular Social Media  outlet, including our Storytellers Contest and several news feeds.Facebook
  • LinkedIn.  Meet other Riverbed customers and discuss some of the technical issues  and other stuff that you run into using Riverbed products.
  • YouTube. Our repository for nearly 150 videos, including demos, customer testimonials, Linkedinpodcasts, interviews, lectures, and all kinds of other Riverbed stuff. 
  • Community Forums.  Join with thousands of Riverbed customers, partners, prospects, employees,  and friends to discuss Riverbed stuff.  We have  representatives from  Riverbed Support here to answer your questions too!
  • Contests.  OK, this should really count as part of the Community Forums, sincYoutubee that's where the contests are.  Currently we are running our Riverbed Storytellers contest, where we're  looking for customers to share stories and stuff with us about the impact that Riverbed products have had in their shops.  Entries even win real prizes! 
  • Spiceworks.  We just went on line with our newest Social Media outlet.  SpiceworksSpiceworks is the home of over 1.5 million IT Professionals, and the discussions over there are quite open and interesting. 
  • And of course, this blog.  Just about every day, here in the Riverbed Blog we post stuff about goings-on around Riverbed.  We have about 35 representatives from different geographies and parts of the company talking about a variety of things.  We recommend visiting the blog every day to get your daily Riverbed information fix.

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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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The Secret Connection between Vacuum Cleaners and Riverbed Cascade

Posted by riverbedtest on July 12, 2011

Those of you who remember the browser wars between Microsoft and Netscape in the 1990's may remember that browsers always seemed to be named after SUV's (think Ford Explorer and Lincoln Navigator). If you use Riverbed Cascade, you might be wondering what its components are named after. I think I found the answer: vacuum cleaners!

Let's start with Shark - I noticed this one in a store a few days ago:V1310pt-fs


As every Cascade customer knows, Shark is not complete without Pilot.Oreck Pilot

The next one reminds me of Cascade Profiler – did we just forget the letter r?Morphy Richards Profile

No issues with the next one – Sensor is simply Sensor. I took this picture at a hotel recently.


And finally… a vacuum cleaner that represents the entire product line:


So there you have it… Next time you want to suck all the performance problems out of your network, look at the nearest vacuum cleaner for inspiration!

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Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness – Happy Birthday United States of America

Posted by riverbedtest on July 4, 2011

The 4th of July, The Glorious Fourth,  Independence Day or the birthday of the United States of America  are all names that are used to recognize the day the declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress. This day marked the legal separation of the 13 colonies from Great Britain and opened new opportunities for the people of the United States to have certain unalienable rights.

 Second sentence from the Declaration of Independence states “ We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that amongst these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

 Much like the 13 colonies that declared their independence in July 4, 1776, knowledge workers should also have unalienable rights including the liberty to access data anywhere, any time without having to deal with bandwidth and latency issues which we would all agree, if not addressed, would dampen our pursuit of happiness!

 So in tribute to the 4th let me suggest 4 ways to gain independence and performance happiness.

 1.       Know your applications and make sure to choose a WAN optimization vendor that can give you application specific acceleration.  Riverbed prides ourselves in supporting the broadest range of layer-7 application-specific optimizations of any WAN optimization vendor.  Chances are that we can improve the performance of the applications you are running

2.       Make sure that your choice supports all environments – data center, branch office, mobile workers, VDI, private cloud, public cloud, etc.  Riverbed offers WAN optimization technology that delivers best-of-breed performance for all environments eliminating the need to have different vendor interfaces, integration, and performance standards.

3.       Know where your performance issues are and have the right tools to quickly drill down to the root cause.  Riverbed’s application-aware Network Performance Management (NPM) integrated architecture gives customers robust real-time network and application performance analytics, resulting in complete top-down visibility into their network and applications. Cascade is the only NPM solution on the market that fully consolidates real-time business-level performance views with packet-level analysis all in a single data set that users can seamlessly navigate in order to quickly and accurately diagnose and troubleshoot network and application performance problems.

4.       Chose a vendor that has industry leading support. In April of this year Riverbed was recognized and certified by J.D. Power and Associates and TSIA for excellence in Global Customer Service and Support. These certifications acknowledge excellence in delivering outstanding service and support on a worldwide basis to Riverbed customers. Riverbed is one of a select few companies to receive this distinction for global certification under both the J.D. Power and Associates CTSS and the TSIA Excellence in Service Operations program in the same year.

 Typical 4th of July tradition is to celebrate by hosting a barbeque, watching fireworks or by decorating in the colors of the American flag – red, white, and blue. For our Riverbed customer’s we encourage you to celebrate your performance independence by celebrating in the spirit of the 4th.

 So whether you enjoy a nice steak and Steelhead, have some Cascade and cocktails, or decide to parade the streets decorated in Riverbed orange, we wish you a very happy Independence day!

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Riverbed customer spotted in the wild

Posted by bobegilbert on March 30, 2011

Wright Pierce's Director of IT and longtime Riverbed customer Ray Sirois was recently at the Washington Convention Ctr Subway Station when he couldn't help but notice the Riverbed mojo surrounding him.  Ray captured the moment with this snapshot.


Thanks for sharing the photo Ray and for being such an awesome customer!


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Video: 6 year old installs Riverbed Steelhead appliance

Posted by bobegilbert on March 27, 2011

Riverbed has gained a reputation throughout the years for having a groundbreaking technology that not only performs great, but is also simple to deploy.  I decided to put Riverbed's "it is simple" reputation to the test and asked my 6 year old daughter to perform an installation and configuration of Riverbed's flagship Steelhead appliance.  6 year-old Jasmine was not only successful at installing and configuring the appliance, she also tested it afterwards!  

This is all caught on video. Enjoy! 



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