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McAfee Focus 2011

Posted by riverbedtest on October 14, 2011

Fresh off a fun and successful Interop New York last week, I go back on the road next week to McAfee Focus 2011 in Las Vegas.  There we will be showcasing the latest in Riverbed Technology including your favorite McAfee products running seamlessly on the Riverbed Services Platform (RSP).  RSP allows you to run up five additional services and applications on your Steelhead Appliance, turning it into a true Branch Office in a Box. 

McAfee Web Gateway and McAfee Firewall Enterprise are two such applications that run on RSP.  With McAfee Web Gateway you get the #1 rated anti-malware solution for Web 2.0 threats.  With McAfee Firewall Enterprise you get a next-generation firewall designed to give you protection and control over your network.  And with RSP you can deploy these solutions on your Steelhead Appliance, no additonal hardware needed.

Look for the Riverbed Technology booth at the McAfee Focus 2011 conference from October 18-20, 2011.

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The same, but different

Posted by riverbedtest on September 16, 2011

F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function."   With all of the challenges and the increasing pace of decisions that need to be made in corporate IT these days, I suspect there are a lot of geniuses running enterprise networks!

Many of our customers tell me they have a similar dilemma — "I have a lot of branch offices and sites, each with their own personality, requirements and expectations, yet I achieve a lot of benefit in IT by keeping things the same as much as possible, in terms of reducing complexity and costs."    For example, some sites may need an enterprise class firewall or a print server, while other more remote sites are not directly connected to the Internet or need fewer services.  Virtualization offers benefits here — by increasing the flexibility by which software and services can be deployed, branch offices can be deployed as a uniform framework across many sites, while enabling administrators to clearly define where customization can and cannot be deployed.

Riverbed has been shipping a technology called RSP, the Riverbed Services Platform, for quite some time now — I love to bring this up this solution with customers who are facing this problem of managing multiple heterogeneous sites.   One of Riverbed's strengths is that our technology can optimize almost anything that travels across a customer's WAN, so by standardizing on Riverbed Steelheads for their WAN performance needs, they keep costs and complexity low.

Now, enter RSP:  by adding additional services running virtually on Steelheads deployed at the branches, each site can be changed to suit the individual needs of that site, while still maintaining a consistent virtualized platform across the enterprise.   I like to think of RSP as the Swiss Army knife of the branch.  We have customers running everything from Windows Server 2008R2, to Linux, to one of our numerous technology partners on RSP, all to satisfy the specific requirements of each site.  Some examples are:

  • DNS, DHCP, Print, and other services on Windows Server.  This is a common use case that allows you to run lightweight services at the branch virtually, without additional hardware.  You can even add additional storage to the Windows VM with iSCSI, or enable Branch Cache on the VM to add one-way file caching.
  • Steelhead Mobile Controller Virtual Edition (SMC-VE) Sites that have mobile users that need acceleration can benefit by consolidating and simplifying deployment, management and reporting functions.
  • Cascade Sensor VE.   Often, Steelhead appliances sit near the branch gateway and have a bird's eye view of traffic entering and exiting the branch.  By adding a Cascade Sensor VE, this information can be visualized, analyzed and reported.
  • Firewalls and Security Technologies:  including McAfee Firewall Enterprise Virtual Edition and Check Point Secure Gateway.
  • Branch Office Routing:  by using Vyatta on RSP, you can easily turn your Steelhead into an OSPF or IS-IS router, for example, for sites that need more sophisticated routing needs.

All in all, you can run up to 5 virtual machine instances on each RSP platform, and manage all of them under one interface using the Riverbed Central Management Console (CMC).  This is an easy way by which you can make your branch offices the same, but different enough to fulfill the diverse requirements of the distributed enterprise.

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Optimizing Anti-Virus Updates with Riverbed

Posted by bobegilbert on August 10, 2011

Implementing an anti-virus platform can be a strain on your network when the PCs you are aiming to protect require frequent virus definition updates from a central location.  Riverbed's Steelhead family of WAN optimization products performs well when it comes to minimizing the impact that anti-virus software has on your wide area network.  Steelhead can dramatically reduce the amount of data traversing your WAN for the initial anti-virus deployment as well as the frequent follow-on updates that take place.

Thanks to Riverbed Channel SE Emmanual Forgues, below are the results from deploying Riverbed in an environment where Kapersky ant-virus is configured.

The setup is pretty straightforward and involves a branch office connecting to a datacenter over a 2Mbps WAN link with 80ms RTT latency.  

The first test is the initial deployment of the Kapersky anti-virus platform from the server in the datacenter to the workstation in the branch office. 


As you can see from the above Steelhead appliance report, 43% of the traffic for the initial anti-virus deployment was eliminated from the WAN.  This is essentially the effect of applying on-the-fly LZ compression to the data.

The next step is to attempt the same deployment now that the Steelhead appliances have seen the data.


  The result is 96% data reduction!  The next test is to attempt an anti-virus update for the first time.


27% data reduction on the first pass.  Now let's try another update.


60% data reduction or only 98.3MB was transferred over the WAN out of 47.7MB of possible data.  To summarize, both anti-virus deployments and follow on definition updates can be receive a tremendous amount of optimization by Riverbed.

This was a test using Kapersky Anti-Virus.  Riverbed customers are seeing similar results with other products such as McAfeee and Symantec. Regardless of your anti-vrisu platform, Riverbed can be an essential part of your anti-virus deployment strategy. 


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Riverbed Think Fast Demo: McAfee on RSP

Posted by bobegilbert on August 3, 2010

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Branch Office Security and Acceleration with McAfee and Riverbed

Posted by bobegilbert on June 10, 2010

With the McAfee-Riverbed partnership announcement earlier this year, organizations looking to both secure and accelerate their branch office infrastructure now have a powerful option that combines McAfee's award-winning branch office security platform with Riverbed's market-leading WAN optimization.

The partnership recently took another step forward as McAfee announced some pretty significant partner incentives that award McAfee partners who sell Riverbed and partners addressing customers who
have already installed the Riverbed Steelhead appliance inside their

McAfee Firewall Enterprise is integrated into the Riverbed
Steelhead appliance by way of the Riverbed Services Platform (RSP), a
virtualized environment that runs on the appliance.  This integrated solution combines a single box platform containing Riverbed's WAN optimization and McAfee's multi-layer firewall.

Think best of breed branch office security combined with best of breed WAN optimization.  What's not to like?

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