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Video – Steelhead Mobile Demo

Posted by bobegilbert on March 4, 2010

Bob Gilbert demonstrates Riverbed's WAN optimization solution for mobile workers.

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The difference between a lightning bug and lightning bug – linking access and performance with mobile workers

Posted by riverbedtest on September 23, 2009

The advent of "internet everywhere" is reflective of the interconnectedness of global business and like laces in a shoe serves to draw the world and business opportunities closer, while simultaneously increasing competition. Supporting workers while they are away from the office and looking to capture these opportunities can be the difference between IT acting as a competitive edge and IT acting as an impedance to business success. The difference between the two is not merely access but performance.

Forrester Research Analyst
Chris Silva recently wrote a piece on the ZDNet Blog "It's Flue Season: Connect and Optimize Your Workers" about the importance of considering both access and performance when supporting mobile workers. Composed at 30,000 feet while on a flight from St. Louis to San Diego Chris's experience working over a 5.5 miles in the air is by no means unique and underscores how varied the locations are where work is gets done.  As he points out, continuity of operations and disaster recovery plans only focus on access and not performance, when in truth access and performance are two sides of the same coin. Both are equally to important consideration to ensure that mobile workers operate as effectively away from the office as they do when they are in it.  

Workers maybe able access resources from variable locations, but when away from their carefully architected IT environments they face inconsistent connection types, costs and user volumes, low bandwidth links (eg 3G data cards) which are easily overwhelmed by application usage, and high latency all of which conspire against mobile worker performance. Silva refers to mobile WAN optimization products like Steelhead Mobile playing a crucial role in bridging the gap between merely allowing someone to work away from the office and enabling them to perform. As our always on society introduces greater competition between firms and the threat of any interruption in work demands well designed business continuity and disaster recovery plans Steelhead Mobile and its ability to ensure both access and performance become even more crucial.  

I thought that Chris Silva did a fantastic job articulating this point and encourage everyone to read this and all of his posts on the ZDNet site. For more information about how Steelhead Mobile can help you provide your mobile workers with both the access and performance that they need when they are away from the office check out

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New Steelhead Mobile Innovations

Posted by riverbedtest on July 21, 2009

Riverbed announced a new product and enhancements to Steelhead Mobile yesterday.  We've expanded our offering to allow organizations from small-to-mid-size businesses (SMBs) to the largest global corporations allowing their mobile workforce with LAN-like access to corporate files and applications.

Here's a look at the new features…

Steelhead Mobile Controller Virtual Edition:

The Steelhead Mobile Controller Virtual Edition (SMC-VE) provides enterprise-grade acceleration for SMBs or larger organizations that have a small number of mobile workers interested in implementing strategic deployments of Steelhead Mobile.  SMC-VE is a virtual package deployed on the Riverbed Services Platform (RSP), a virtualized platform that provides customers with the capability to run up to five additional services and applications in a protected partition on the Steelhead appliance. By running SMC-VE within the RSP, Riverbed offers enterprises the opportunity to obtain all of the same benefits of Steelhead Mobile while eliminating the need to purchase additional hardware.  Enterprises can purchase as few as 10 initial licenses, up to a total capacity of 100 licenses, to make it easier to cost-effectively target mobile users in environments where the additional scale of the SMC is unnecessary.

Increased Steelhead Mobile Controller Capacity

In addition to reaching smaller organizations with the SMC-VE, Steelhead Mobile 2.1 also extends the reach of the Steelhead Mobile Controller (SMC) appliance by increasing the total license capacity for the largest enterprises.  The SMC is now capable of managing 2x as many licenses as before, for a total 4,000 licenses without any new hardware.

Application Layer Lotus Notes Optimization

Steelhead Mobile now offers application-layer optimization for Lotus Notes for mobile workers, giving Notes users the chance to be productive anywhere. Developed directly with IBM to optimize email, calendaring, and web, Steelhead Mobile provides performance gains of 18x or more for Lotus Notes.  Together with the Lotus Notes application layer acceleration introduced in RiOS 5.5, Riverbed is the only vendor with a complete Lotus Notes acceleration solution for both mobile and remote office workers.

The security, speed, and simplicity of Steelhead Mobile further extend the benefits of Riverbed optimization and acceleration leadership to the mobile worker for organizations of any size. Use these great new features to enable improve application performance, and minimize management overhead.


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How Teleworkers are Like the Dallas Cowboys

Posted by riverbedtest on February 19, 2009

Telework, like the metrics system and professional soccer all seem to be perpetually projected as the next big thing in the United States.  While FC Dallas tattoos are not yet quite as prevasive as those supporting the Dallas Cowboys, telework has exploded from promising idea to common solution to the speed and execution demands facing modern businesses. 

Mobility has become so mainstream that according to the recent study "WorldatWork Telework Trendlines 2009” commissioned from The Dieringer Research Group, the total number of employees that telework at least once a month is greater than the entire population of Canada (33.7mm vs 33.56mm). Today Network World Associate New Editor Ann Bednarz highlighted a number of the findings from the report as well as discussed the the crucial role that Mobile WAN optimization solutions can play in ensuring the success of a telework program.

Since workers are becoming just as effective away from the office as they are in it I can only wonder what will come next: speed limits in KPH or $3mm MLS Cup Ad Rates….

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Steelhead Mobile?

Posted by riverbedtest on February 9, 2009

The California Department of Fish and Game takes a different approach to making steelhead's mobile at the Healdsburg Wild Steelhead Festival

Steelhead Mobile Healdsburg

(Photo courtesy of Riverbed Sr. Product Marketing Manager Nik Rouda)

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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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The Soon to be Much Friendlier Skies

Posted by riverbedtest on May 15, 2008

Not since Virgin Atlantic promised "more experience than the name suggests" have business travelers been as excited about how to occupy themselves while traveling a mile high in the sky.

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