Riverbed SD-WAN delivers enhanced cloud connectivity, integrated Xirrus WiFi for powerful cloud-to-edge networking solution

San Francisco, 02 Mar 2018
Read time 5min 50sec

* Riverbed SteelConnect SD-WAN now supports AWS Direct Connect and Azure ExpressRoute, delivering more options for customers to securely connect to their cloud resources.
* Riverbed SteelConnect now allows simplified deployment and management of SD-WAN and WiFi from a single cloud console.
* Customers can now leverage LTE wireless uplinks with Riverbed SteelConnect for increased network reach and connectivity.

Riverbed Technology today announced major updates to its SD-WAN and cloud networking solution, SteelConnect, the first and only SD-WAN solution that provides unified connectivity and policy-based orchestration spanning the entire distributed network fabric - hybrid WAN, branch LAN/WLAN, data centres, and the cloud.

With the latest upgrades to SteelConnect, Riverbed is expanding the power of one-click connectivity and optimisation into AWS and Microsoft Azure with added support for AWS Direct Connect and Azure ExpressRoute.

Riverbed is also introducing seamless integration between SteelConnect and Riverbed Xirrus WiFi with zero-touch provisioning of Riverbed Xirrus access points, and is providing new deployment flexibility with the addition of LTE wireless options for SteelConnect SD-WAN gateways.

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Enterprises are striving to adopt more cloud-based applications and services in order to accelerate digital transformation, increase business agility and reduce costs. However, the resulting hybrid IT landscape often increases operational complexity and introduces new risk to security breach across the network. According to a recent ESG survey, 91% of companies surveyed agree that incorporating cloud-based applications into their portfolio of corporate applications has increased the complexity associated with managing remote and branch offices (ROBOs).[1] The pervasive use of mobile devices and the rise of IOT further challenges IT's ability to secure and manage network access with an exponential increase in the number of devices and end-points at the network edge.

To address these challenges, Riverbed SteelConnect helps businesses transform their approach to networking, with a new software-defined and cloud-centric approach that yields dramatic gains in agility, efficiency and flexibility so that businesses can reach their cloud and digital goals faster. Riverbed SteelConnect has gained significant momentum over the last couple years, with hundreds of enterprise customers across all industries benefiting from an innovative and more comprehensive approach to software-defined networking.

"Conventional approaches to networking are both out-of-date and out-of-sync with modern use cases, and are failing to provide the agility and efficiency that IT professionals need in order to support their businesses, especially as they embark on digital and cloud initiatives," said Paul O'Farrell, Senior Vice-President and General Manager of Riverbed's Cloud Infrastructure Business Unit. "Riverbed SteelConnect is helping organisations break through conventional limitations by taking the power of zero-touch provisioning and policy-based orchestration across the entire distributed fabric - WAN, LAN/WLAN, data centre and the cloud. With new enhancements for integrated WiFi, automated cloud networking and flexible connectivity options, Riverbed is once again raising the bar for networking in the cloud and digital era with the most complete and easy-to-use solution in the market today."

Enhanced automated cloud connectivity for greater flexibility. Riverbed SteelConnect now supports AWS Direct Connect and Azure ExpressRoute, providing customers with increased deployment flexibility. With this capability, customers can securely connect to their cloud resources over public Internet or dedicated private links for automated cloud connectivity and improved performance through single-click cloud automation.

Unified management of SD-WAN and WiFi. Riverbed SteelConnect SD-WAN now seamlessly integrates with Xirrus WiFi for simple deployment and management of cloud networks. Customers can manage SD-WAN and WiFi together through a centralised cloud console, including zero-touch provisioning of Riverbed Xirrus WiFi access points, creation of WiFi networks, and WiFi monitoring.

"As Australia's largest and most iconic lighting retailer, it is essential we keep pace with the digital age, and still provide an optimal in-store experience for our customers," said Mick Tan, CIO at Beacon Lighting. "Riverbed SteelConnect appealed to us because of the ability to simply deploy and manage WiFi and SD-WAN together from a single cloud console. With these capabilities, we can streamline and reduce the management cost of our nationwide store network infrastructure, and easily prioritize network traffic for point-of-sale, dynamic marketing, and stock management systems, ensuring business continuity and continuous revenue generation is maintained. SteelConnect also simplifies the roll out of new stores as Beacon Lighting's business expands, and provides reliable in-store WiFi for a modern, digital shopping experience that our customers demand."

Supported LTE wireless for maximum reach and connectivity. Riverbed SteelConnect now supports LTE uplinks for a variety of use cases including back-up network connectivity in retail stores, pop-up stores, rural sites, or mobile retail. By leveraging LTE, retailers can maximize reach and productivity while increasing resiliency and agility of the network.

Setting the pace for network innovation in the cloud era. SteelConnect, initially launched as an early access offering in April 2016, is the industry's first and only product that provides unified connectivity and policy-based orchestration spanning the entire network - LAN/WLAN (including cloud-based Riverbed Xirrus Wi-Fi), WAN, data centre and the cloud, with one-click connectivity and optimisation into AWS and Microsoft Azure. SteelConnect also enables zero-touch provisioning, allowing an enterprise to set up a global network and connect to the cloud in minutes, and easy ongoing network management that provides the ability to make network or business/application policy changes with a few clicks of a mouse.

Since the initial launch of SteelConnect, Riverbed has continued a rapid pace of innovation, introducing a broad set of unique capabilities, including integration with SteelCentral for visibility and insight, integration with the market-leading WAN optimisation solution (Riverbed SteelHead SD), and following the strategic acquisition of Xirrus (leading cloud-based WiFi company) in May 2017, enterprise-grade WiFi - bringing the power of policy-based network management out to the wireless edge. SteelConnect also seamlessly integrates with third-party network security services, such as Zscaler's cloud security platform, to help IT professionals achieve agility, performance and security across the distributed enterprise.

For more information on Riverbed's SD-WAN solutions, visit http://www.riverbed.com/sdwan.

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[1] ESG - The Digital Transformation Journey: Meeting the Management Challenges of Complex ROBO Environments, April 2017


Riverbed enables organisations to modernise their networks and applications with industry-leading SD-WAN, application acceleration, and visibility solutions. Riverbed's platform allows enterprises to transform application and cloud performance into a competitive advantage by maximising employee productivity and leveraging IT to create new forms of operational agility. At more than $1 billion in annual revenue, Riverbed's 28 000+ customers include 97% of the Fortune 100 and 98% of the Forbes Global 100. Learn more at www.riverbed.com.

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