New Riverbed SteelConnect EX offers SD-WAN, Application Acceleration and Cybersecurity

Riverbed announced the SteelConnect EX, an enterprise-class and carrier-grade WAN Edge Infrastructure solution with SD-WAN, integrated application acceleration and advanced network security services that can overcome the challenges of network transformation for the world’s largest and most complex networks.

In 2016 we broke the news about the company maximizing UC quality with their UCExpert solution designed for Microsoft, Avaya and Cisco environments.

At the time we had an exclusive interview with Heidi Gabrielson, Director of Product Marketing as well as David Roberts, Product Manager.

This past June we broke the news about the company inking a Versa SD-WAN OEM agreement as part of the service provider’s visibility-as-a-service offering.

Paul Mountford, CEO at Riverbed

At the time, Paul Mountford, CEO at Riverbed said this:

The agreement with Versa Networks allows Riverbed to provide our customers with a broader set of choices and address the modern networking needs of organizations of all types and sizes – large, medium and small, cloud-first, hybrid and traditional – across the globe.

Riverbed’s SD-WAN solution can seamlessly co-exist and interoperate with legacy networks, while SD-WAN services enable organizations to adopt hybrid and Internet-based topologies without compromise to operational efficiency or WAN reliability. In addition, application acceleration offers the ability to optimize user experiences by boosting app performance by up to 33x or more for on-premises, Cloud and SaaS-based applications. In addition, an advanced suite of network security services are available, helping enterprises future-proof their security strategy as they expand direct access to Internet-hosted applications at remote sites.

Dante Malagrino, Chief Development Officer at Riverbed

“Riverbed now offers the most complete and powerful digital networking solution in the market to help organizations achieve higher levels of agility, efficiency, innovation and growth. Riverbed’s new SteelConnect EX encompasses the scalability, performance, and security to meet the needs of the most complex networks,” said Dante Malagrino, Chief Development Officer at Riverbed. “With a proven track record of WAN expertise, world-class support and professional services, Riverbed sets the new standard for digital networking to propel and accelerate digital transformation with confidence.”

Zeus Kerravala, Principle Analyst at ZK Research

“The key to digital transformation is infrastructure modernization, and the networking industry is at an inflection point where we’re starting to see mainstream, enterprise organizations rapidly adopting SD-WAN as a way to deliver greater network agility and achieve significant cost-savings,” said Zeus Kerravala, Principle Analyst at ZK Research. “The new release of SteelConnect EX from Riverbed delivers the comprehensive SD-WAN capabilities that large scale organizations require in order to successfully compete in today’s cloud-based, complex digital environments.”

Riverbed’s combination of best-in-class SD-WAN and advanced network security with application acceleration will enable large organizations to confidently deploy and operate SD-WAN at high scale – the company says 5,000 sites.

Product solutions include:

  • SteelConnect EX SD-WAN enables enterprises to cost-effectively expand WAN capacity, accelerate the roll-out of new sites and applications and streamline operations for hybrid and Internet-based WAN topologies.
  • SteelConnect EX App Acceleration provides industry-leading application acceleration and optimization capabilities to boost app performance and end-user experience by up to 33x or more for on-premises, cloud and SaaS-based applications. SteelConnect EX interoperates directly with SteelHead physical and virtual appliances today. And with the availability of SteelConnect EX, Riverbed also announces plans to further integrate Riverbed’s industry-leading application acceleration and optimization capabilities into the SteelConnect EX platform in Q1 2020 for a converged SD-WAN Edge solution.
  • SteelConnect EX Security enables fully integrated and layered security services to deepen and simplify branch security. Provides a broad set of security functions, including Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW), Secure Web Gateway (SWG), Antivirus (AV), and Intrusion Detection and Protection Services (IDS/IPS).

SteelConnect EX is targeted to be generally available in November 2019.

In addition to AWS, SteelCentral AppResponse Cloud now extends its network and application visibility into AWS GovCloud West and Microsoft Azure environments.

Riverbed adds more flexibility, scale and power to SteelCentral NetProfiler Virtual and SteelCentral Flow Gateway Virtual for flow-based monitoring of virtualized, private and public cloud environments, giving customers the flexibility to choose the deployment model that best suits their needs without compromising capabilities.

SteelCentral NetIM 2.0, a completely re-architected infrastructure monitoring solution uses a modern containerized architecture to provide significantly better performance, massive scalability, and cloud-ready deployment.

AppResponse Cloud and SteelCentral NetProfiler work together to provide packet-based and flow-based monitoring for a consolidated and complete view of network performance across on-premises, virtual and cloud environments.

In short – this news is significant in that Riverbed has integrated SD-WAN into a solution that plays to its strengths in security and performance optimization. Quite often, digital transformation initiatives require far better network performance as applications are migrated to clouds. In addition – security is always front and center these days. Riverbed’s integration of SD-WAN, security and application acceleration is a game-changer for the market.

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