Riverbed Portal Gives Users Holistic View of Application
The SteelCentral Portal gives IT administrators a cross-domain view of the performance of their applications and networks.Riverbed Technology officials are rolling out a software tool they say will give businesses the complete and single view they need to effectively manage the performance of their applications. IT administrators currently are able to get performance data from the network end-user experience and application domains, but that data tends to be contained in silos, according to Nik Koustsoukos, Riverbed's senior director of product marketing for SteelCentral. Managing the data can be challenging, and doesn't give them the holistic view they need of the application's performance, Koustsoukos told eWEEK. SteelCentral Portal will serve as a single and central place for bringing together the data from all those domains to give businesses a complete view of what's happening with their applications. In today's increasingly complex and hybrid IT environment, that broad visibility is important, according to Mike Sargent, senior vice president and general manager of SteelCentral at Riverbed. "The world has shifted, and now it's all about the application," Sargent said in an interview with eWEEK. "You need to see every aspect of the application performance. … You need that visibility so you can look both broad and deep."
SteelCentral Portal, which is available now, blends application performance data from the company's SteelCentral visibility product and its SteelHead optimization and control tools, creating a single view of the information that can be dug into and analyzed in myriad ways, according to the Riverbed officials. It pulls data from a variety of sources throughout the environment, including Riverbed's SteelCentral AppInternals and AppResponse application performance management information and NetProfiler and NetSensor, which are focused on network performance management data.