Review: Riverbed closes the WAN gap
Riverbed Steelhead with RiOS 7 takes a huge bite out of UDP, video, and VDI traffic over the WAN, adding to its excellent TCP and file access optimizations
Keys to the cloud
RiOS 7 includes two more important updates: end-to-end Kerberos support and IPv6. With the explosion of software as a service (SaaS), preserving secure authentication is imperative. RiOS 7 allows Kerberos tokens to pass unmolested between users and cloud-based offerings such as Microsoft Office 365. Previous versions of RiOS required security tokens to be downgraded to NTLM in order to pass through a Steelhead.
The coming commitment to IPv6 at the provider and enterprise level necessitates its addition into RiOS 7. All network devices will need to speak IPv6, and WAN optimization appliances are no different. IPv6 is now native to RiOS for both the management interface and for optimized traffic. All IT has to do is enable IPv6 support -- no other configuration is needed.
Reporting has always been a strong suit in RiOS, and RiOS 7 takes it another step further with the integration of Cascade Shark. Previously available as an add-on virtual server package, Cascade Shark allows admins to capture traffic at the packet level for in-depth analysis. It's a big plus for network diagnostics and troubleshooting, and it takes network reporting to its logical conclusion.
UDP optimization, video stream splitting, IPv6 and Kerberos support, and VDI-related enhancements all add to a proven WAN optimization solution that not only makes slow, congested WAN links run better, but also provides VMware-based server virtualization in a separate partition, easing deployment of other services at the branch office. With each new release, Riverbed continues to define what a WAN optimization solution should be.
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