Riverbed integrates Cascade Shark functionality into the Steelhead appliance for on-demand packet capture and analysis.
performance specialist Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD) announced new
features and capabilities for its Optimization System (RiOS) that broaden the
company's support for enterprise applications. With RiOS 7.0, Riverbed has
expanded its set of optimizations to include native support for HTTP video,
User Datagram Protocol (UDP) and IPv6, and has extended its existing
optimizations for virtual desktop infrastructure.
addition, in RiOS 7.0 Riverbed has integrated Cascade Shark functionality into
the Steelhead appliance to deliver on-demand packet capture and analysis,
allowing businesses to use their Steelhead appliance for branch monitoring and
troubleshooting. Riverbed offers optimization for delivery of video content
with native stream splitting capabilities over HTTP. With stream splitting
technology, also known as application layer multicasting, a single video stream
can serve a large number of viewers in a particular location.
increasing adoption of technologies such as live video, UDP and IPv6 are
helping change the way organizations do business," said Lucinda Borovick,
research vice president for the enterprise communications and data center
networks services at IDC. "With this release, Riverbed is raising the bar even
further by adding to its already robust list of optimizations for its Steelhead
appliance by tackling these technologies that are often times
bandwidth-intensive. By also adding embedded Cascade Shark functionality into
the Steelhead appliance and quality of service (QoS) enhancements, customers
have the tools to troubleshoot performance problems quickly and prioritize
applications that are critical to business success."
on-demand streaming, customers can combine data streamlining to store on-demand
videos in branch locations, QoS to prioritize bandwidth utilization and
prepositioning to proactively improve users' video experience. The live and
on-demand optimization capabilities also leverage current partnerships with
video content management solutions providers such as Polycom, Adobe, Qumu and
MediaPlatform. In addition, Riverbed offers native stream splitting for Adobe
Flash over HTTP. With stream splitting capability, organizations using Adobe
Flash Media now have the option to deliver multimedia communication and
collaboration solutions to remote employees for live broadcasts as well as
videos on demand. Riverbed also offers stream splitting for Microsoft
Silverlight for creating and delivering Internet business applications and
media experiences on the Web.
Riverbed Steelhead product family helps businesses optimize traffic. Currently,
Riverbed customers can utilize Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop, VMware View, and
Microsoft RDP and RemoteFX. To further enable organizations to adopt a virtual
desktop infrastructure and enhance end-user productivity, Riverbed is
delivering new capabilities in RiOS 7.0 with optimization for ICA (independent
computing architecture) over Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). Additionally, a new
client drive mapping feature enables organizations to optimize content accessed
directly from a thin client, including thumb drives. The Cascade family of
application-aware NPM solutions deploys in networks and provides integration
with the Steelhead product family. With RiOS 7.0, Riverbed has extended that
integration, allowing customers with Cascade Pilot to leverage Steelhead
appliances in branch offices for on-demand packet capture and remote analysis.
integration of on-demand packet capture capabilities in RiOS 7.0 enables our
organization to get more out of our investment in Steelhead appliances," said
Tim Kokes, systems engineer at Rudolph Technologies, a provider of process
characterization equipment and software for wafer fabs and advanced packaging
facilities. "We can now respond faster to performance issues at our remote
sites without having to expand our hardware footprint, which also translates to
secondary benefits including cost savings and fewer nodes to manage across our
network. Also, some of the new optimizations in RiOS 7.0 provided us with improved
performance for critical applications such as Microsoft Outlook."