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Five Reasons Your Digital Experience Management Strategy Could Fail

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You can be sure your CEO has digital experience on his or her radar. According to Gartner’s 2017 CEO Survey, CEOs are more focused this year on how technology and product innovation drive company growth. In the last few years of Gartner’s CEO survey, technology has never ranked so high on the list of CEO priorities. So the pressure is on IT to deliver excellent digital experiences. But this is easier said than done. Here are five reasons why your digital experience management strategy could fail.

1. Application complexity

Although Gartner’s survey shows that CEOs are relying on technology to drive growth, it also shows that they rank technology impediments as the #2 internal constraint to growth. How can technology be both a driver of growth and an impediment to it? Application complexity is one major reason. Application performance management is more challenging than ever before.

  • Applications must scale based on demand and remain highly responsive 24/7 across geographies. Innovative applications interact with legacy applications, so IT must support the full portfolio—web, mobile, apps running in the cloud, on virtual infrastructure, and legacy client-server environments.
  • End users and customers no longer interact with static applications at discrete times. They interact continuously with applications whose architectures have evolved to become modular, distributed, and dynamic.

2. The expanding population of end users

End User Experience Management is also more complex. Customers aren’t the only ones whose digital experience matters. The Gartner definition of Digital Experience Monitoring also includes employees, partners, and suppliers. If that weren’t enough of a challenge, the advent of IoT requires IT to ensure an excellent digital experience for machines as well!

 

3. Different teams have different goals

According to a recent EMA Digital Experience Management report, 59% of enterprise leaders agree that IT and the business share the responsibility for Digital Experience Management. Although they share responsibility for ensuring excellent digital experience, groups within IT and the business have specific needs which vary greatly, depending on their roles.

  • Business executives must ensure they meet goals for revenue, customer satisfaction, and workforce productivity.
  • IT executives need to staff their teams efficiently to architect and support digital business initiatives, ensure technology investments are made appropriately, and hold IT vendors accountable to SLAs that meet customer objectives.
  • IT and Network Operations teams must ensure the network and infrastructure can support new services, identify and resolve issues quickly, and understand the impact of problems on digital experience.
  • DevOps teams must release new apps and digital services quickly, identify and resolve issues in test and QA, and ensure excellent application performance perform in real-world environments.
  • Cloud architects need to plan, design, and implement the infrastructure to support new services, and scale up and down as demand changes.
  • End User Services teams require visibility into the digital experience of customers, employees, partners, and suppliers to identify and triage issues before users call to complain.

4. A variety of analytics are required to measure success

“You can’t manage what you can’t measure.” Management expert Peter Drucker’s famous saying applies equally well to tracking the success of a Digital Experience Management initiative. With varying responsibilities, each group in IT and the business requires different metrics and analytics to indicate their progress in achieving their Digital Experience Management goals.

Digital Experience Monitoring tools must therefore supply a broad set of business and technical analytics, such as application performance, network performance, infrastructure capacity analysis, and end user productivity across the extended enterprise.

5. The IT monitoring visibility gap

IT-Monitoring-Visibility-GapAs IT organizations respond to CEO priorities and roll out new services to drive growth, they need a cross-domain understanding of applications, the networks and infrastructure on which they run, and the impact they have on end user experience.

But the typical enterprise has from 4-15 different network monitoring tools, which complicates troubleshooting, change management, and other aspects of service level management. While these tools provide insight into the performance and availability of their particular domain, they lack visibility into the actual digital experience of customers, the workforce, partners and suppliers.

Addressing Digital Experience Management challenges

An effective Digital Experience Management approach closes this visibility gap and enables you to measure the end user experience of the entire population of end users. Each group within IT and the business gets the metrics and analytics they need to ensure a successful digital experience outcome.

When it comes to meeting or exceeding your CEO’s expectations for driving growth, the key is to ensure you have an effective Digital Experience Management strategy. Failing to do so could mean lost revenue, lost productivity, and even irreparable damage to a company brand. In the next few weeks, we’ll extend this Digital Experience Management series to show you how Riverbed SteelCentral can help.

Source: https://www.riverbed.com/blogs/five-reasons-your-digital-experience-management-strategy-could-fail.html?utm_campaign=steelcentral&utm_content=mikem&utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin&sf91954046=1

Author: Mike Marks


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SteelCentral Release Assures Your Digital Transformation Initiative

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According to IDC, the percentage of enterprises creating advanced digital transformation initiatives will more than double by 2020.[1]  With increasing frequency companies are undertaking digital business to create differentiation with end users: employees, partners, and of course, customers.  They seek to create value for the applications and services that are, quite literally, the face (and in some cases the body) of the business.  With these initiatives, they differentiate on speed, features sets and, hopefully, overall experience. SteelCentral’s latest release provides the Digital Experience Management capabilities to help companies succeed.

Few companies are effective at Digital Experience Management

Despite the focus on digital transformation, few companies are able to actually understand the digital experience of their customers or their workforce.  Customers complain about web load times, app performance, network speed, yet IT has no line of sight to the problem. Performance is impacted, customer satisfaction plummets and the IT’s reputation is seen as lagging the market.

At the same time, IT has instrumented a great deal.  We monitor, apps, end user experience, networks, databases, infrastructure … all with a myriad of point solutions, but the tools don’t talk, the groups don’t talk and, most importantly, none of these elements help to manage the critical question: what is the end user’s experience?

On Tuesday, June 20, we announced the next significant release of the SteelCentral platform, the most complete, modular and integrated Digital Experience Management solution in the market. The solution empowers our customers to measure and troubleshoot all parts of the digital experience, from the user’s experience on the device to the back-end network, infrastructure, cloud and applications.

Specifically, this release will benefit our customers by providing them with:

Enriched End-User Experience Monitoring and integrated visibility into digital experience

This new release features the integration between SteelCentral PortalSteelCentral Aternity, and SteelCentral AppInternals. This means that SteelCentral users can now incorporate the device-based view of end-user experience providing IT and business executives with a single-pane-of-glass view of IT performance and its impact on end users. In addition, the integrated workflow between SteelCentral Aternity End-User Experience Monitoring and AppInternals Application Performance Management provides an integrated monitoring system for the entire end user service and allows IT to rapidly troubleshoot business-critical applications across devices and applications. This results in a one-stop-shop for the variety of teams involved in Digital Experience Management, from end user services, to app developers and operations, to IT and business executives.

Reduced risk for application migrations to the cloud

As companies continue to migrate applications to the cloud, understanding the impact on network performance is challenging. Network performance as it relates to the cloud, is a common blind spot for most enterprises. With this release, SteelCentral NetPlanner introduces application migration planning and prediction. It enables network planning and architecture teams to simulate and predict traffic behavior and impact on the network prior to application migrations—from data center to data center, from data center to cloud, and between cloud providers. As a result, companies are able to leverage data, not hunches, when planning cloud migrations for applications.

Manage outcomes across the application lifecycle

As organizations adopt DevOps, Development, QA and operations teams are streamlining, integrating and automating processes to increase agility and quality of application releases. SteelCentral AppInternals now enables IT teams to consume performance insights and diagnostics across the application lifecycle. Leveraging new REST API’s, development and QA teams can add performance testing to their build tool chain.  This will ensure that releases are optimized for production.  Operations teams can consume alerts on popular collaboration tools like Slack and HipChat.  And support teams can automatically open tickets on incident management tools to log issues, their root causes and diagnoses. In addition, teams can use the API to extract metrics and enrich existing reports and tools.

Learn more about the latest SteelCentral updates.

Source: https://www.riverbed.com/blogs/delivering-on-digital-transformation.html?utm_campaign=steelcentral&utm_content=erikh&utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin&sf89698182=1

Author: ERIK HILLE

 

 


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Five Reasons Your Digital Experience Management Strategy Could Fail

Category : Riverbed

You can be sure your CEO has digital experience on his or her radar. According to Gartner’s 2017 CEO Survey, CEOs are more focused this year on how technology and product innovation drive company growth. In the last few years of Gartner’s CEO survey, technology has never ranked so high on the list of CEO priorities. So the pressure is on IT to deliver excellent digital experiences. But this is easier said than done. Here are five reasons why your digital experience management strategy could fail.

1. Application complexity

Although Gartner’s survey shows that CEOs are relying on technology to drive growth, it also shows that they rank technology impediments as the #2 internal constraint to growth. How can technology be both a driver of growth and an impediment to it? Application complexity is one major reason. Application performance management is more challenging than ever before.

  • Applications must scale based on demand and remain highly responsive 24/7 across geographies. Innovative applications interact with legacy applications, so IT must support the full portfolio—web, mobile, apps running in the cloud, on virtual infrastructure, and legacy client-server environments.
  • End users and customers no longer interact with static applications at discrete times. They interact continuously with applications whose architectures have evolved to become modular, distributed, and dynamic.

2. The expanding population of end users

End User Experience Management is also more complex. Customers aren’t the only ones whose digital experience matters. The Gartner definition of Digital Experience Monitoring also includes employees, partners, and suppliers. If that weren’t enough of a challenge, the advent of IoT requires IT to ensure an excellent digital experience for machines as well!

3. Different teams have different goals

According to a recent EMA Digital Experience Management report, 59% of enterprise leaders agree that IT and the business share the responsibility for Digital Experience Management. Although they share responsibility for ensuring excellent digital experience, groups within IT and the business have specific needs which vary greatly, depending on their roles.

  • Business executives must ensure they meet goals for revenue, customer satisfaction, and workforce productivity.
  • IT executives need to staff their teams efficiently to architect and support digital business initiatives, ensure technology investments are made appropriately, and hold IT vendors accountable to SLAs that meet customer objectives.
  • IT and Network Operations teams must ensure the network and infrastructure can support new services, identify and resolve issues quickly, and understand the impact of problems on digital experience.
  • DevOps teams must release new apps and digital services quickly, identify and resolve issues in test and QA, and ensure excellent application performance perform in real-world environments.
  • Cloud architects need to plan, design, and implement the infrastructure to support new services, and scale up and down as demand changes.
  • End User Services teams require visibility into the digital experience of customers, employees, partners, and suppliers to identify and triage issues before users call to complain.

4. A variety of analytics are required to measure success

“You can’t manage what you can’t measure.” Management expert Peter Digital Experience AnalyticsDrucker’s famous saying applies equally well to tracking the success of a Digital Experience Management initiative. With varying responsibilities, each group in IT and the business requires different metrics and analytics to indicate their progress in achieving their Digital Experience Management goals.

Digital Experience Monitoring tools must therefore supply a broad set of business and technical analytics, such as application performance, network performance, infrastructure capacity analysis, and end user productivity across the extended enterprise.

5. The IT monitoring visibility gap

IT-Monitoring-Visibility-GapAs IT organizations respond to CEO priorities and roll out new services to drive growth, they need a cross-domain understanding of applications, the networks and infrastructure on which they run, and the impact they have on end user experience.

But the typical enterprise has from 4-15 different network monitoring tools, which complicates troubleshooting, change management, and other aspects of service level management. While these tools provide insight into the performance and availability of their particular domain, they lack visibility into the actual digital experience of customers, the workforce, partners and suppliers.

Addressing Digital Experience Management challenges

An effective Digital Experience Management approach closes this visibility gap and enables you to measure the end user experience of the entire population of end users. Each group within IT and the business gets the metrics and analytics they need to ensure a successful digital experience outcome.

When it comes to meeting or exceeding your CEO’s expectations for driving growth, the key is to ensure you have an effective Digital Experience Management strategy. Failing to do so could mean lost revenue, lost productivity, and even irreparable damage to a company brand.

Source: https://www.riverbed.com/blogs/five-reasons-your-digital-experience-management-strategy-could-fail.html?utm_campaign=steelcentral&utm_content=mikem&utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin&sf86548224=1


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Networking for the Cloud Era

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Simplified Cloud Connectivity with SD-WAN

Join Microsoft and Riverbed for a discussion and demonstration of enhancements to SteelConnect.

Announced in April 2016, Riverbed SteelConnect is a revolutionary SD-WAN solution that makes deploying and managing network services very simple and intuitive. SteelConnect is built for the cloud and brings enterprise networking to the cloud era.

Join us to see the power of SteelConnect in the Azure environment and discover the business value to your organization.

Topics

  • One click orchestration & Cloud connectivity in Azure environments
  • Tight integration of SD-WAN and WAN Optimization capabilities
  • Data center level scalability and resiliency

Source: https://www.riverbed.com/networking-for-the-cloud-era.html?utm_source=homepage_banner&utm_campaign=cn-webcast&utm_medium=website


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The End of “Pure-Play” SD-WAN. Market Consolidation Begins.

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Cisco has announced its intent to acquire Viptela, Inc. for $610 million. Viptela was one of the earliest entrants in the SD-WAN space. But despite early traction with a few marque brands, they saw their business decelerate in recent months.

Almost certainly, we will look back at this announcement and recognize it as the moment when the relevance or notion of “pure-play” SD-WAN officially came to an end. And we believe it will also be recognized as the point at which a broader vision for the future of networking emerged, representing a second wave of innovation and disruption that has already made itself felt in the market.

At Riverbed, we think this new vision for the future of distributed networks is anchored in three simple but powerful tenets:

  1. Policy & orchestration – where the madness of “configuring boxes” with arcane commands and scripts finally comes to an end.  Centralized policy-based management and orchestration takes its place along with a modern set of network management primitives which align to the natural language of business: Application, User, Location, Performance & Security.
  2. A distributed fabric that connects it all – Users, Branches, Data Centers and The Cloud—is managed and orchestrated together as one network with cloud-grade agility, simplicity & power.
  3. A unified management approach that guarantees the performance & security of business applications through the seamless integration of visibility, optimization and network security.

If you believe, as we do, that the market demands something bigger than a “pure-play” approach to SD-WAN, then it should come as no surprise that Viptela peaked early and sought an acquirer before it could really break out. For anyone who’s been tracking Cisco’s own SD-WAN saga, it’s also no surprise that Cisco is pursuing yet another option to retool its offering. Cisco’s ISR, re-spun as “iWAN”, it’s low-end Wi-Fi solution Meraki repackaged as SD-WAN, an investment in Velocloud, and now Viptela – it’s a perfect example of what inevitably happens when an incumbent takes its eye off the ball, fails to address the evolving needs of its customer base in the face of a disruptive new technology and ends up trying buy its way into a new market, like SD-WAN.

For those of us with longer memories, this deal brings to mind another acquisition in 2004, when Cisco bought start up called Actona for $82M (Start-ups were cheaper in those days!)

Cisco relaunched Actona as a product called WAAS, into to the then nascent WAN optimization market.  This was around the same time another start-up called Riverbed released its first SteelHead product.  Fast forward to the present day, Riverbed is now a $1B+ company that has lead the WAN optimization market for years, while WAAS is a footnote in networking history, essentially offered for free in the ISR router.

It feels like we might be about to see this movie for a second time with the Viptela transaction. Cisco will in all likelihood try to fold Viptela into its ISR product and try once again to tap into a new market that it has struggled to respond to with an organic strategy. History will tell if Viptela experiences the same fate as Actona, disappearing forever into the ISR black hole.

At Riverbed, we continue to work diligently to make a new vision for networking a reality, and we challenge other vendors, Cisco or otherwise, to think big, think bold and “Think fast!” in their approach so we can truly bring networking out of the 1990s and into the cloud era. Businesses across all verticals are experiencing the need to digitally transform. But in order to be successful, they need a new approach to networking …not just another router refresh.


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SteelHead SD is the full HD WAN optimisation platform

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There was a time when you went to buy a new TV you would have to face the dilemma of “should I buy HD ready or Full HD?”.

Where a HD ready set allowed your new TV to accept 1080p HDMI input, it relied on an external HD TV receiver. But Full HD allowed you to simply plug in your aerial or cable feed and immediately gain access to the wonder of 100s of channels of high def TV… But what pressure! Having to decide, should I pay now for something I may never need or save money now and pay extra for the receiver later and have the hassle of two remote controls…

The same was also true for Riverbed SteelHead WAN Optimisation appliances not so long ago, but that has changed.

When Riverbed announced the new SD-WAN platform SteelConnect it brought with it the promise and ability to simplify the design, deployment and management of your Wide Area Network. All through an intent-driven, intuitive user interface. It’s the new world of networking!

But what about the overlay WAN optimization (WAN Op) network that has been in place for years that’s due to refresh? Do you go with two appliances? After all SteelHeads can be swapped 1-for-1 but the SD-WAN edge boxes will be new and will require more planning, likely resulting in a phased roll out.

Unlike back when you were buying a TV, with the release of the SteelHead-SD variant, you can deploy a single platform that can replace your WAN Op like-for-like today and then in the future simply add the SteelConnect SDWAN gateway by way of a software-only update.

When choosing to refresh your existing SteelHead WAN Op network, or even planning to replace alternative WAN Op technologies with SteelHead, by selecting SteelHead-SD you can relax in the knowledge that your network will be SD-WAN capable without the need for extra hardware. A much more elegant solution than my HD TV, set top box, digital receiver rats’ nest currently behind my TV…

Take a closer look at SteelHead-SD here


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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About SD-WAN Architecture (But Were Afraid to Ask)

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Woody Allen directed and starred in a film with a similar name in 1972 that got a lot of attention and was a commercial success.1

Like SD-WAN (software-defined wide area networking), the benefits of this topic (e.g. agility, performance) were well marketed. And many of the functional aspects were generally understood: single-click setup and simple yet powerful workflows, for example.

As with new products and technologies, many potential adopters were keenly interested but hesitant to commit to a proof of concept without learning more. So, they went to the movie.

I’ve been curious about the architectural underpinnings of SD-WAN for some time. But afraid to ask. Eventually, I got up the nerve and went looking. Here’s what I found. Brace yourself.

“I mistakenly assumed that control planes and data planes would always be wedded in monogamous relationships and reside happily together in suburban network nodes.”

Liberation of the control plane

A key architectural feature of SD-WAN is that the control plane is, shall we say, divorced from the data plane of the network element (i.e. router). This unshackles the control plane to function in a centralized manner and direct the flow of packets through many, many network nodes.

Take a moment to let this sink in if you mistakenly assumed, like I did, that control planes and data planes would always be wedded in monogamous relationships and reside happily together in suburban network nodes. Don’t get me wrong, though. I’m not saying the control plane is operating promiscuously. It’s just liberated.

With SD-WAN, the control plane lives in a luxury IT flat where it “has a broader perspective of the resources under its control, and can potentially make better decisions about how to deploy them,” according to the SDN Architecture Overview published by the Open Network Foundation. “Scalability is improved both by decoupling and centralizing control, allowing for increasingly global but less detailed views of network resources.”2

Not something most of us would say in polite company, eh?

Software-defined dating

SD-WAN data plane devices live by a list of dos and don’ts. In the normal course of operation, they route traffic according to rules previously passed from the controller. Packets will be forwarded down one path or another depending on the associated application, users, etc. as coded into the rules.

When an unfamiliar packet arrives at an SD-WAN device, like the odd bloke or woman chatting it up in a pub, a data plane will issue a route request to its controller as if consulting with a friend.

“It’s a charming packet but I’m concerned about security and not sure whether I should forward it. / You know the family? Well, that makes me feel better. / I’ll get a phone number and send it through an Internet connection.”

The SD-WAN controller also keeps tabs on network capacity and demand. When a link gets congested it will direct the data planes to re-route packets to keep traffic flowing smoothly.

“Hello VoIP. It’s data plane. / About our dinner date this evening… The MPLS Bistro won’t have a table until 8:45 PM. Let’s go to Café Broadband instead. It has an excellent menu and a low-latency atmosphere. / Wonderful! Ta-ta for now…”

In the dominant position

At this point, you might think the control plane is calling the shots in the SD-WAN architecture but there’s a third layer, the application plane, that actually dominates the hierarchy. SD-WAN applications direct management, security and other specific functions through the control plane. So, while the data plane is entirely submissive, the control plane switches between dominant and submissive roles.

Information collected by a controller from network devices, including statistics and events, is passed up to applications that build an abstracted view of the network for reporting and decision making purposes.3

“Researchers found that SD-WAN enables much quicker “hook-ups” between nodes and increases the likelihood that full-mesh topologies will be deployed.”

Network data can also be used to facilitate academic research. Analytics software running in the application plane provided key insights to a pair of pioneering scientists. They developed a four-stage model of network response during the business day: network arousal, traffic plateau, peak activity, and resolution. Some WANs, like those associated with securities trading, can experience multiple peaks of activity without a refractory period.

The researchers also contrasted behavior of network nodes with/without SD-WAN in various configurations. They found that SD-WAN enables much quicker “hook-ups” between nodes and increases the likelihood that full-mesh topologies will be deployed.

Climbing down from the ivory tower

That’s enough about academic research. In the real world, an administrator can use an SD-WAN management application to visualize what is happening on the network and make changes as needed.

For example, he may configure the SD-WAN policy engine to give unified communications traffic a high priority and forward it along low-latency paths throughout the network. A second policy could be established to protect confidential information by sending packets associated with financial applications or executive users through only the most secure pathways. These business intent policies are translated into rules sent to a controller and then to physical network devices.

Another example of an SD-WAN application is an analytics engine that crunches through network data looking for suspicious activity. This intrusion detection system recognizes malware traffic based on the flows tracked by a controller and sends instructions to automatically isolate those packets before they can infect the network.4

Other things you always wanted to know

The functional separation of application, control, and data planes is just the architectural starting point for SD-WAN. Technologies needed to make it all work include protocols for inter-layer (inter-plane) communication, network virtualization, automation and orchestration through programmability, and others.5 Network virtualization is an especially interesting subject with tunneling in virtual privacy, overlays, etc. But those topics will have to wait for another day, another blog post, and another quirky theme.


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Riverbed SD-WAN Solution Connects OpenEye to Its Pharmaceutical-Design Cloud Platform in Minutes

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Riverbed SteelConnect is delivering cloud-grade agility and scalability to support OpenEye Scientific expanded SaaS offerings. OpenEye Scientific, a developer of large-scale molecular modeling applications and toolkits, is using Riverbed SteelConnect to quickly connect its team members and global biopharmaceutical community to its Orion cloud-based drug discovery platform. SteelConnect, Riverbed’s software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) and cloud networking solution, allows OpenEye to establish a new network connection in minutes, compared to the weeks or months required previously.

This cloud-bursting strategy eliminates the time and cost constraints of buying and managing legacy networking infrastructure. Learn more: http://rvbd.ly/2pyij3y


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Salsa is to Chips as Riverbed is to AWS

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One of my favorite sayings with some of my favorite people is, “You are the salsa to my chips!” I am sure there are many who would beg to differ with a “You are the guac to my chips!” Really just depends on what you prefer (I definitely go back and forth). But the saying goes that one without the other is nothing great at all. Plain tortilla chips? Mediocre. Chips and salsa? Best thing ever.

Bringing this into the corporate world for a minute, so bear with me.

Amazon Web Services (AWS). Ever heard of them? They are only the largest provider of cloud infrastructure-as-a-Service and own 45% share of the worldwide market,according to a quarterly analysis by Synergy Research Group. Well, Riverbed brings a cloud-centric SD-WAN solution that goes hand-in-hand with AWS. What does this mean for you? It means that you can securely connect branch locations to the AWS Cloud with a single click. And this is why I am bringing it into the corporate world.

Riverbed is the salsa to AWS’ tortilla chips. Or the guac, whatever you prefer.

We all know that leveraging the AWS Cloud can increase IT agility and reduce operational expenditures. But, your ability to get the most out of these benefits is often dependent on your networking capabilities. For instance, is there any real added agility if it takes you a few minutes to set up a handful Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs), and a month to set up full mesh connectivity between branch locations and those VPCs? And what about control? Which users should access what VPCs? What does the performance look like?

Riverbed, a proven leader in the WAN market with over 28,000 customers, provides a robust software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) solution that extends agility and performance across your complete network and helps securely and efficiently connect users to the AWS resources they need. Riverbed SteelConnect comes with an intuitive, centralized management console, which accelerates the pace of network management and shifts organizational focus to innovation an additional benefits such as:

  • High performance – even if network conditions change
  • Agility – simple workflows with intelligent automation
  • Efficiency – seamless connectivity to the cloud

This means you get the most of your networking capabilities, and some!

I encourage all of you chips and salsa lovers (or guac), to come learn more at our live webinar with AWS on May 16 at 10am PT. During this webinar, you’ll learn through a super interactive demo (no boring slides, well maybe just a few) how Riverbed’s SD-WAN solution enables cloud migration and performance, all managed via quick and simple workflows.

In addition, you will hear an actual customer, Craig Bruce from OpenEye Scientific, show you how he was able to save time and money, gain better performance, and install Riverbed SteelConnect in their VPCs in minutes


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Redefine the Future of Networking

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Riverbed has announced a definitive agreement to acquire Xirrus, a leading provider of next-gen, cloud-enabled Wi-Fi networks. While this will surely expand the power of Riverbed’s own SD-WAN solution SteelConnect with an industry-leading Wi-Fi solution for Enterprises and Service Providers, I believe the bigger impact will be in setting a new bar for how distributed networks should be deployed and managed overall.

Networking is clearly moving away from configuring boxes and moving toward policy, orchestration and automation. SD-WAN is a great example of this transition, enabling an efficient and agile way to manage hybrid WAN circuits in remote locations. However, the power of orchestration and automation should not only apply to WAN routers in branch offices. Orchestration is only as powerful as its reach. And that’s why automated enforcement of policies that dictate important things such as the priority of business critical applications or that of enforcing security constraints should not begin and end at the WAN’s edge. The power of policy and orchestration should extend further.

That’s why, when we introduced SteelConnect last year, we were so excited to take the concepts of SD-WAN and extend them to wireless & wired LANs, as well as cloud infrastructure networks. Today, we’re taking that one step further by adding a robust enterprise-grade Wi-Fi solution, delivering an unmatched SD-WAN offering that provides unified connectivity and policy-based orchestration spanning the entire network—WLAN/LAN, WAN, data center and the Cloud.

It’s true that unified connectivity and orchestration is critical—because in a world of cloud, digital, mobility, and IoT—the one thing that connects everything together is, the network. As digital transformation continues to drive disruption across all industries, businesses must rethink their approach to networking in order to successfully manage hybrid apps, hybrid networks, mobile users and the cloud, together.

With our market-leading SD-WAN solution, SteelConnect, and now with Xirrus, we continue our mission to transition from legacy hardware to a new software-defined and cloud-centric approach to managing distributed networks based on global policies, automation and orchestration.

With more than 300 SD-WAN customers spanning a wide range of industries globally—we’re just getting started! We hope that you’ll join us moving forward as we continue to push the boundaries and redefine networking for the cloud era.

To learn more about this news, read the press release or to try it for yourself and download a free SteelConnect 30-day trial.


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