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The WAN of Your Dreams

Posted by riverbedtest on September 6, 2011

PerfectWAN Look, I know it isn't easy. Nobody likes to put themselves out there, face the fear of the unknown. Why rock the boat, right? You're probably thinking to yourself, "I'm happy with my WAN. It's a decent, hard-working WAN. Sure, there are problems, but no WAN is perfect." Now tell me something, don't you think you deserve better? Don't you deserve a WAN that makes you truly happy?

Imagine a WAN that goes above and beyond for you. A WAN that doesn't make you wait an interminable 30 seconds every time you transfer a file. A WAN that doesn't hinder your consolidation efforts with it's insufferable latency. A WAN that gives you superior application performance without dictating where your servers are?  This isn't too much to ask. 

The Riverbed Optimization System (RiOS)

The Riverbed Optimization System (RiOS) is the only solution within the WAN optimization industry to  utilize four different technologies to create your perfect WAN. RiOS software powers Steelhead products through a combination of patent-pending data reduction, TCP optimization, and application-level protocol optimizations. Together, these technologies provide a comprehensive solution for true WAN compatibility. (Streamlining descriptions excerpted from the Riverbed Steelhead Product Family data sheet).


1. Data Streamlining

Data streamlining – RiOS data streamlining works across all TCP applications to reduce bandwidth   utilization, typically by 60% to 95%. Data streamlining works across file sharing, email, CAD, ERP, web-based HTTP and HTTPS applications, databases, virtual desktops, and all other applications that use TCP.


2. Transport Streamlining

Transport streamlining – RiOS transport streamlining reduces the number of TCP packets required to transfer data by 65% to 98%. Transport streamlining also enables the acceleration of SSL-encrypted traffic throughout the enterprise to eliminate the security and performance trade-off.


3. Application Streamlining

Application streamlining – RiOS application streamlining offers the broadest support of application-specific modules for key enterprise applications to provide additional application performance improvements on top of the data streamlining and transport streamlining optimizations performed on all TCP traffic.


4. Management Streamlining

Management streamlining – RiOS enables easy deployment through auto-discovery of peers and auto-interception of traffic, with no reconfiguration of clients, servers, or routers. Simple integration into the network has led to Riverbed deployments in a vast array of network environments and topologies including, but not limited to, MPLS, VoIP, video conferencing, QoS, VPN, satellite infrastructure, ATM, frame relay, microwave, and wireless. 

Riverbed is committed to helping you find the WAN of your dreams, and with over 10,000 customers, we are confident that we can.  So begin your Riverbed experience register today for a free trial. After all, over 80 of the Fortune 100 can't be wrong. Hurry, your perfect WAN is waiting!

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Bandwidth Confessionals

Posted by riverbedtest on August 31, 2011

Hello Riverbed followers…my name is Sabrina and I just recently joined the Riverbed blogging team. I am a business development rep, as part of the corporate sales team, in San Francisco. My day consists of calling prospective customers and uncovering opportunities for our regional sales managers in the Southeast region (I'm that person who calls and interrupts your workday to find out if you are interested in Riverbed's solutions).  I'm very excited to be contributing to our blog and hope you will enjoy my perspective and insights. Now, without further ado, my first post…


I'm going to ask you a question and I want an honest answer. This is a safe space, no judgement here.  Ok, ready?  Have you ever upgraded your bandwidth , even though you knew it wasn't going to solve your latency problems? 

BandwidthRegret If you said yes, it's okay. Everybody has done it and it's nothing to be ashamed of. Your intentions were good, and besides, it gave you a reprieve from all those user complaints. But then, after awhile, they started again, didn't they? 

And now you are right back where you started from, thinking about going back to bandwidth. Do you really think things will be different this time? Sure, there will be the honeymoon period, but eventually you will be right back where you started, broken promises and shattered dreams. I'm begging you, don't do it, don't go back to bandwidth!

As much as you want it to, bandwidth will not solve your problems. I know it's comfortable, it's safe,   RootCauses everybody knows bandwidth, but it's not right for you. Is bandwidth going to address all those TCP applications whose chatty behavior is causing your end users to waste valuable time waiting for apps to load or files to transfer? And do you honestly believe bandwidth will ever be able to address the latency problem? I don't care how big your pipe is, those applications still need to go back and forth across the WAN and having more space will only make their trip more comfortable, not faster.

Imagine you have to transport 100 of your employees from HQ to a remote office that is 3,000 miles away. You want to get all of them there as quickly as possible. You have two travel options:

1) A volkswagon bug and a four-lane high way, or… 

2) A Greyhound bus and a single lane highway.

Option 2 right? It's a no-brainer. The situation is no different with your WAN. Upgrading bandwidth is like choosing option 1 and implementing a WAN optimization solution is like choosing option 2.



What about cost you say?    This chart shows the  calculations done by the law firm Allen Matkins. They found that "the cost of deploying the Riverbed Steelhead solution would be 70% less expensive than the cost of implementing a bandwidth upgrade. Annual operating costs for the Riverbed Steelhead solution are a staggering 88% less expensive than the bandwidth upgrade.(Case Study: AllenMatkins).

I'm glad we were able to have this little chat today. I care about you,everybody here at Riverbed cares, and we don't want to see you go back to bandwidth. You deserve so much better.


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What impact can Riverbed have on a 100Mbps WAN circuit?

Posted by bobegilbert on December 14, 2010

A customer recently shared this screenshot that clearly shows a nearly saturated 100Mbps link almost instantaneously going to less than 20% utilized immediately after installin a couple of Steelhead 6050 appliances.

Riverbed Install

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Five Stars No Service – Hotel Broadband Falling Behind Home Network Speed

Posted by riverbedtest on January 16, 2009

A mint on the pillow and a "complimentary" robe may be relics of a bygone era hotel stays but that does not mean that today's business travelers are any less demanding of their homes away from home than their predecessors when they are on the road.  While hotels tout beds with names like "Heavenly" and  "Serenity", they provide little comfort to a mobile worker sentenced to connectivity hell.  A good nights sleep maybe crucial for a successful day, but getting work done while away is an even bigger priority for most itinerant road warriors. 

The New York Times recently featured a story on how hotels are struggling to cope with the increasing strain that business travelers are putting on their networks.  The article pointed out that until recently the vast majority of hotels were supporting guests with 1.5mbps T1 lines that offered inferior performance to most homes cable modems (usually 3-5mbps).  Even as hotels rush to upgrade their links, this highlights one of the many challenges confronting mobile workers striving to operate away from the office, locations where variable speed links that are easily overwhelmed by multiple users. 

Steelhead Mobile offers a solution to the challenges of location and link by maximizing bandwidth.   By eliminating redundant data from crossing the network and streamlining transportation and application layer requests Steelhead Mobile allows mobile workers to control the uncontrollable.  The result, less time in progress bar purgatory and more "Sweet" dreams.  

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