Riverbed, today announced the general availability of SteelConnect EX, an enterprise-class and carrier-grade WAN Edge Infrastructure solution with best-of-breed SD-WAN, integreated application acceleration and advanced network security services that can overcome the challenges of network transformation.
SD-WAN is largely viewed as the right approach to overcome the complexity of managing hybrid and Internet-only WANs, with the promise of boosting agility while reducing WAN circuit costs. But adoption of SD-WAN amongst larger enterprises has been quite limited to date, due in large part to the inability for SD-WAN solutions to interface directly with legacy networks during a phased SD-WAN rollout.
Riverbed SteelConnect EX sets a new standard for SD-WAN in large enterprise that will propel mainstream SD-WAN adoption across enterprises and organizations of any size. An enterprise-class and carrier-grade routing stack ensures that Riverbed’s SD-WAN solution can seamlessly co-exist and interoperate with legacy networks, while best-in-class SD-WAN services enable organizations to adopt hybrid and Internet-based topologies without compromise to operational efficiency or WAN reliability. In addition, industry-leading 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. And 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.
“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.”
When devising a strategy for modernizing the WAN, IT leaders must fully address the implications and requirements of expanded public cloud workloads and SaaS applications; pervasive connectivity for people, places, and things; and network traffic shifting from private links to the public Internet. This requires a radical shift from traditional networks to a next-generation network powered by Riverbed that is software-defined, performance-driven, analystics-powered and security-enabled.
Riverbed’s unique combination of best-in-class SD-WAN and advanced network security with industry-leading application acceleration will enable large organizations to confidently deploy and operate SD-WAN at high scale (5,000 sites) within the world’s most complex and secure networks.