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Riverbed at Akamai Government Forum; Steve Riley to Present on Hybrid Cloud

Posted by riverbedtest on November 9, 2011

With initiatives, mandates and reforms in place aimed at bringing efficiencies to government IT, it should be no surprise that over the last few months you’ve seen a lot of Riverbed at government IT conferences and events. After all, our IT performance solutions help government agencies meet initiatives, mandates and reforms – from enabling data center consolidation, to helping reduce costs for IT, and executing on the cloud first policy.

On November 16, Riverbed will be at the Akamai Government Forum, taking place at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C. The second annual Akamai Government Forum will focus on the latest solutions for scaling the Internet infrastructure for local, state and federal government agencies. Visit the Riverbed station to see demos and learn about our cloud performance solutions, including Steelhead WAN optimization, Stingray application delivery and Web content optimization, Cascade application-aware network performance management for traffic visibility, and Whitewater cloud storage gateways for data protection.

And, because you can’t get enough of him, Riverbed technical leader, cloud expert and aficionado Steve Riley will deliver the cloud track discussion on hybrid cloud from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET.

In his presentation, Steve will highlight how the performance problems associated with distance computing can be mitigated with optimization techniques designed for multiple layers: application, transport, network and storage.

Here is the teaser:

No longer just the fluff of airplane magazine articles, cloud computing is here to stay. The architectures envisioned for large public cloud providers are revolutionizing on-premises data centers, too. Hybrid clouds – clouds that utilize both public and private resources – allow agencies to spread workloads across multiple locations to satisfy distinct policy, regulatory, security and financial requirements. Hybrid clouds, like their individual counterparts, involve adding distance between users and their data. In most cases, the particular distance at any point in time is unpredictable, which will lead to inconsistent user experiences. Applications deployed in hybrid clouds often move large amounts of data across multiple internal and external providers; long waits for data transfer will affect productivity and availability.

Stop by; learn everything you need to know about optimization, acceleration and performance to meet the government IT mandates; and tell us what you thought of the conference.

 

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Riverbed Customer Video – Energy Future Holdings

Posted by bobegilbert on November 4, 2011

Michael Taccino, VP of IT & Infrastructure, Energy Future Holdings shares his experience with Riverbed's Steelhead WAN optimization and Cascade visibility products.

 

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Optimizing Your Global Infrastructure for SharePoint – Part 1

Posted by riverbedtest on October 28, 2011

SharePoint is an amazingly rich and robust solution that has taken off like a rocket.  However, SharePoint’s performance isn’t always perceived as rocket fast by remote users.  Many times organizations forget not everyone is at HQ sitting around the corner from the SharePoint servers…where they have virtually unlimited bandwidth and only 1 – 2 milliseconds of latency.  In most global organizations employees are at remote sites far away from the SharePoint servers…where they have limited bandwidth and much higher latency.  This limited bandwidth and higher latency correlates to a slower user experience and subsequently lower productivity.

In this multi-part blog post we will discuss how your organization can optimize your infrastructure to ensure your employees get a very fast SharePoint experience – no matter where they are.

Screenshot_cascade_profiler_discovery_service_mapOne of the first tasks most large global organizations will want to undertake is understanding how their SharePoint environment overlays the infrastructure.  Cascade’s dependency mapping, performance monitoring, multi-tier service maps, transaction analysis and other capabilities empower organizations to better understand, consolidate, support and troubleshoot global SharePoint environments.  For example it can help answer questions such as:

  • Where are my SharePoint Servers? > Are any of them unauthorized, or at remote sites and need to be consolidated?
  • Which sites/users connect to which servers? > How fast is their experience? > Which users are the most disadvantaged?
  • How many of my SharePoint users connect from the Internet/VPN versus internally?
  • How many objects make up specific web pages? > Which objects are the largest/slowest? > How much delay is on the server versus the network?
  • What backend servers do my SharePoint web servers connect to and depend upon?
  • Are the SharePoint/IIS servers authenticating to a local Domain Controller for all users, or are they unexpectedly hitting a remote Domain Controller for some users?
  • How much bandwidth does my crawling of regional SharePoint sites consume? > Is it impacting business applications?
  • How much backup traffic does SharePoint generate?  Which path does it take to the DR/COOP Site?

Now that we understand SharePoint globally it is time to start strategizing how to improve performance.  There are several ways to approach this and priorities will depend on your organization’s goals.  In this series we’ll take the approach that user productivity and application availability take priority over infrastructure optimization. 

The fastest and easiest way to optimize general user experience and productivity within SharePoint is to optimize the content being served up.  To accomplish this Stingray Aptimizer, formerly Aptimize, has consistently been found by SharePoint administrators to be the solution of choice. It makes web pages pages 30 – 75% faster, increases server throughput, and takes only a few hours to fully configure and start improving performance.  Plus you can kick the tires for free prior to making a decision. 

Stingray Aptimizer is loaded on the SharePoint web server as a Runtime Page Optimizer (RPO).  A_site_analyzer
It improves performance by file merging, dynamic layout, compression, caching and more so that users see the page significantly faster. This results in fewer objects, fewer authentication turns, more use of the browser’s cache, lower network utilization and less load on the server infrastructure.  It has a huge impact on productivity and encourages users to engage SharePoint even more.  For third-party validation read about how Microsoft uses Stingray Aptimizer on their own SharePoint site.  

For the uber-geek here are live reports from http://www.webpagetest.org so you can compare optimized and non-optimized performance of Microsoft's SharePoint site.

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Customer page 

If you’re a visual person here are two great videos about Stingray Aptimizer:

1)    How It Works

2)    How to Install, Configure & Deploy

Wondering how much faster your SharePoint could be?  What are you waiting for? Give Stingray Aptimizer a try for free today.

In the next post of this series we’ll discuss how Stingray Traffic Manager and Application Firewall intelligently load balance, scale and protect global SharePoint environments.

 

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Riverbed 101 – An introduction video to Riverbed’s products

Posted by bobegilbert on October 19, 2011

Bob Gilbert gives a high level overview of Riverbed's products.

 

 

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Riverbed in Washington, D.C. at AWS Gov Cloud Summit II; Steve Riley to Speak on Cloud Implementation

Posted by riverbedtest on October 13, 2011

Riverbed will demonstrate its cloud performance solutions at AWS Gov Cloud Summit II, taking place October 18 at the Washington Marriott Metro Center in Washington, D.C. Amazon's AWS Gov Cloud Summitt II will provide government IT leaders and agency executives with the information to succeed in their cloud computing projects. Attendees can visit the Riverbed station to learn about the company’s cloud performance solutions, which help government agencies meet mandates to consolidate data centers, reduce costs for IT, and execute on the cloud first policy. In addition, Riverbed technical leader Steve Riley will lead a discussion on cloud implementation.

Conference attendees can visit the Riverbed station to learn about how the company’s application-aware network performance management (NPM) and wide area network (WAN) optimization solutions that are critical elements for providing network visibility and control that enable the migration, and accelerates the transmission of applications and data, to cloud environments. 

Conference attendees can also learn more about cloud performance and cloud implementation in a panel session with Steve Riley.

What: Cloud Implementation Panel

Who: Steve Riley, technical leader, Riverbed

When: Tuesday, October 18, 4:15 PM  – 5:00 PM

Where: Solutions Breakout area

 

 

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What impresses me most about Cascade…

Posted by riverbedtest on September 9, 2011

As a new Riverbed employee (just finished my third month) who previously worked at a Cascade competitor, I have to say I’m really impressed with Cascade, the application-aware network performance management product from Riverbed. It provides some unique features, like automated discovery and dependency mapping, as well as an elegant and simple design the makes it easy to deploy and use. It’s also very flexible. The feedback I’ve heard from Cascade users supports my opinions, and they typically add that it has helped them significantly reduce the time to diagnose and troubleshoot network performance and security issues. In fact, Cascade reduces MTTR (mean time to resolution) by an average of 83%, according to IDC. Making something as complex as Cascade look easy but still provide depth and flexibility is no mean feat and is definitely a feather in the cap of our engineering team.

Here are some of the things I love about Cascade – the features and capabilities that make it easy to use and which also set it apart from other solutions:

• Discovery and dependency mapping – My absolute favorite feature is discovery and dependency mapping (DDM). DDM automates the process of mapping transactions and applications and their interdependencies to the underlying infrastructure. It is an essential component of the Cascade solution because so many other features use the service models it creates to provide richer information. For example, service models become the basis of the Cascade service dashboards, and service maps provide location awareness to speed troubleshooting and are also invaluable tools for planning and validating IT change, such as data center consolidations.

DDM

• Service dashboards – Cascade’s service dashboards provide a quick view into the end-to-end health of an application or service. Application services are created using a wizard that automates the discovery process. It identifies the users, web servers, application servers, databases, authentication and DNS servers, etc. that make up today’s common applications. Because the discovery process is automated (unlike our competitors who must manually define service components), it means that service definitions are detailed, accurate and easy to keep up to date. Red-yellow-green health status indicators are driven by Cascade Profiler’s advanced analytics which automatically detect and alert on meaningful changes in performance, providing proactive notification of emerging issues.

Dashboard

• Automated analytics – Cascade’s advanced behavioral analytics are both mature and feature rich. I know analytics have gotten a bit of a bad name in competing products, but Cascade analytics have been stable since day one and they really work. Cascade Profiler track dozens of performance and security metrics, building and updating historical baselines and alerting upon meaningful changes in behavior. Cascade analytics give IT staff the warning they need to identify and fix problems before users even notice them.

Analytics

• Distributed packet capture / centralized analysis – Cascade Shark appliances can be distributed throughout the network; they should be placed wherever continuous packet capture and storage is needed. While competitive products often require export of large trace files across the network for local packet analysis – often slowing network performance even further – Cascade Pilot analyzes trace files directly on remote Cascade Shark appliances, refining the data to send only the specific packets of interest to Wireshark for decoding. Distributed packet capture / centralized analysis means that when the network is experiencing issues, Cascade is not part of the problem!

• Integrated Packet/Flow (iP/F) – Cascade is the only network performance management solution to combine flow data and packet data into a single logical record. iP/F is the secret sauce that enables broad visibility with minimal instrumentation as well as facilitates the seamless transition between flow-based information in Cascade Profiler and packet-level information in Cascade Shark. The advantage of this architecture is that it provides greater visibility and management at a significantly lower cost, and it reduces the time it takes to identify, diagnose and resolve complex performance issues.

IPF

• Wireshark integration – Everybody loves Wireshark. In fact, Wireshark is downloaded more than 500,000 times a month. Tight integration and seamless hand off from Cascade Pilot to Wireshark takes advantage of the network staff’s expertise with Wireshark and further simplifies and streamlines troubleshooting. Why ask your network managers to use anything other than Wireshark, the tool they know and love?

• Steelhead WAN optimization analysis – Of course being a Riverbed product means that Cascade has to play nice with Steelhead appliances. Cascade does that in a variety of ways: it provides a deep understanding of utilization and performance; it enables you to reconstruct response time and normalize it across optimized and non-optimized environments; and it automatically identifies and alerts on changes in the experience of remote users. In addition, you can use Steelhead appliances to provide cost-effective visibility into branch LAN performance without have to add expensive probes. Cascade and Steelhead provide a one-two punch against WAN performance issues!

So, I’ve told you what I like about Cascade, now it’s your turn…What’s your favorite Cascade feature? Tell us your thoughts about Cascade and what role it has played in helping manage your network and application performance.

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Video: Introduction to Riverbed Cascade Pilot and Cascade Shark

Posted by bobegilbert on September 7, 2011

Betty DuBois recently recorded this nice video that provides an introduction to Riverbed's packet capture and analysis products.

 

 

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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.

Sensor 
 
 

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

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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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Old Westbury Solves network performance problems with Riverbed Cascade

Posted by bobegilbert on June 29, 2011

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A Riverbed customer was recently spotlighted in SearchCIO.  This is a nice example that demonstrates how important the role of behavioral analytics is to a network monitoring solution.

The following customer quote describes one of the ways that Westbury uses the advanced analytics capability of Riverbed Cascade to proactively solve network performance problems.

 "You can actually feed data back into Riverbed's Cascade and let it run on autopilot, so that it can build up its own behavioral analysis. Someone uses their own environment Monday through Friday, 9-5, and then suddenly their machine turns on and is being used on a Sunday afternoon. Now it's possible that they're just catching up on work, but it's also possible that it's been hijacked. The system will flag that, and the human can follow up with that."

For more information about Riverbed's Cascade product, please visit http://www.riverbed.com/us/products/cascade/index.php

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