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SILICON100 2017

Redefine Your Network with Riverbed


Computer network technology is continuing to develop in new and interesting ways. Networking has been developed from past few years- For example: The growing popularity of cloud computing and cloud storage. Instead of buying physical copies of movie, music and game media, consumers increasingly buy digital licenses and download (or stream) their content over the Internet.

Riverbed is the leader in Application Performance Infrastructure, delivering the most complete platform for Location-Independent Computing for huge number of customers globally.

Inception of Riverbed

Founded in 2002 by Jerry M Kennelly holds post as chairman for Riverbed, Headquartered at Folsom St. San Francisco, California, United States.

A storied company with a long legacy of market leadership, Riverbed pioneered WAN optimization. Since then they have expanded solutions for the software-defined era. We’re at the center of hybrid networking, the cloud, SD-WAN, SaaS, mobile, big data, and infrastructure visibility. In short, we’re building a software-defined architecture for digital business- says Team.

Today, business performance depends on IT performance. That’s why 28,000 customers run to Riverbed- says CEO

With the company, IT can ensure applications and data are always available and performance issues are taken care of proactively. Location and distance are no longer geographical barriers–instead, they’re a competitive advantage by allowing IT the flexibility to host applications and data in the most optimal locations while ensuring applications perform as expected, data is always available when needed, and performance issues are detected and fixed before end users notice.



Riverbed's SD-WAN (software-defined WAN) solution provides an intelligent and intuitive approach to designing, deploying and managing distributed networks for today's hybrid enterprise Software-defined WANs are quickly replacing traditional Wide Area Networks (WANs) as more enterprises realize the need to rethink networking for today’s cloud-centric world.

Today’s SD-WANs are providing organizations:

  • Lower costs by eliminating reliance on expensive MPLS connections to interconnect remote sites
  • Higher performance by leveraging multiple network paths and faster broadband connections for certain applications including cloud
  • Increased network agility by decreasing manual configuration steps through increased programmability and automation. 

Deploying SD-WAN ensures your wide-area network is future-proof for cloud computing and can adapt to rapidly changing application and business requirements.

Software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) is an agile, software-driven approach to wide area networks (WANs). It replaces traditional WAN networking hardware such as command-line interface (CLI) configured routers with centralized management, applying software-defined networking (SDN) technology to wide area network (WAN) connections to most effectively deliver applications to users across long distances.

The goal of SD-WAN is to reduce the costs of private WAN links, increase performance, and make networking more agile for the cloud.

Riverbed SD-WAN capabilities:

Path control or selection directs traffic based on application priority to the appropriate network links

It enables business-critical traffic to be directed on high-performance links while less critical traffic is directed to the remaining (cheaper) resources

If a high-performance link fails, performance SLAs are unaffected because traffic is automatically redirected to remaining healthy links

 Zero-touch provisioning zero touch provisioning is a basic requirement for any realistic SD-WAN solution

This is a basic requirement for any realistic SD-WAN solution

Setting up a new branch should be able to be performed remotely. Once the setup is complete, appliances can be shipped to the branch location and anyone can simply plug them in.

Once plugged in, the appliances discover themselves automatically, download configurations and begin functioning.

Intuitive administration workflowsSD-WAN includes intuitive administration workflows

This is dependent on business priorities, such as performance, data security, users, and branch locations

Global or local policies should be easily set up on a management console with simple rules such as: send video traffic over the highest-capacity circuits; send software updates over Internet broadband circuits; or send all business traffic over secure VPNs.

This allows for routing replacement and/or integration with network services for consistent performance.

Selecting an SD-WAN Vendor selecting an SD-WAN vendor or SD-WAN company

The vendor selection process will show you that many vendors have not been able to quickly evolve to produce more effective software-defined platforms. Small vendors do not offer a holistic platform for WAN management and rarely have the necessary years of experience in the WAN market. An ideal vendor will recognize and resolve your specific pain-points as well as be a leader in the WAN market. This ensures that they will have the capability to meet your current and future requirements for the entirety of your SD-WAN project.

SD-WAN is very secure

SD-WAN can increase your network security with encrypted network traffic, network segmentation, the use of a central provisioning system, increased visibility into the WAN, and optimized performance overall. Segmenting your network limits any attack damage to a manageable area. A central provisioning system provides a piece of software that controls all of the separate nodes interdependently which gives better communication and connection between your networks, very different from the traditional WAN setup.

Meet the Ingenious

Jerry M Kennelly, Chairman and CEO: In 10 years Jerry helped guide Riverbed from start-up to market leader in application performance, infrastructure, surpassing $1 billion in annual revenue. Prior to founding Riverbed Jerry spent six years in Inktomi corporations, an infrastructure software company, where he served as Executive vice president, chief financial officer and secretary. Prior to joining Inktomi, Kennelly held several executive position finance, operations, sales and marketing for companies including Sybase, Oracle and HP.  

“Riverbed makes applications, websites, networks, data centers, the cloud, and remote offices work better. We bring the promise of digital transformation to life”.