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Riverbed, the digital performance company, announced significant enhancements and new subscription pricing for its SD-WAN solution, which claims more than 1,000 customers worldwide. With this latest release, Riverbed is delivering the most powerful and complete WAN Edge solution in the market, integrating advanced SD-WAN functionality with application acceleration, security, and visibility capabilities in a single streamlined device.

The solution enables businesses to experience fast, agile, and secure access to all applications across the hybrid IT landscape with efficiency and reliability. The announcement marks the next major step for Riverbed in delivering a next-gen infrastructure that is software-defined and empowers customers to take advantage of the cloud and to maximize digital performance.

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“Organizations across every industry are striving to digitally transform their business in order to stay competitive. Consequently, limitations of legacy networks have become roadblocks to truly fulfilling these digital strategies,” said Paul O’Farrell, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Riverbed’s Cloud Infrastructure Business Unit. “By delivering a next-gen architecture with new flexible subscription pricing and enhanced routing capabilities, Riverbed has raised the bar in helping businesses accelerate their digital transformation initiatives and implement a software-defined networking approach for increased agility, greater efficiency and ultimately, better financial results. And now with 1,000 SD-WAN customers worldwide, Riverbed has established itself as a true leader in the SD-WAN market.”

With this release, Riverbed’s SD-WAN solution delivers the following enhancements:

  • Enterprise-class routing: Major enhancements to the core routing stack enables support for large and complex enterprise networks where high-availability and advanced interoperabilitybetween SD-WAN and legacy networks is crucial.


  • Subscription-based pricing: Riverbed is introducing disruptive OpEx friendly, subscription-based pricing for SD-WAN-only and SD-WAN + WAN Optimization customers. Now customers have added flexibility with a fit-for-purpose and future-proofed solution at every branch location to meet their specific needs.


  • In-field upgrades: Existing customers have access to an enhanced in-field upgrade to expand the capabilities of prior investments to include advanced SD-WAN, network security services and industry-leading WAN Optimization.


  • Simple and complete integration: Comprehensive WAN Edge solution combines SD-WAN, application acceleration, visibility and security capabilities into a single device.


Riverbed offers a WAN Edge solution that provides unified connectivity and policy-based orchestration spanning the entire distributed network – SD-WAN, SD-LAN, data centres and both public and private clouds, with easy-to-use, one-click automated connectivity into Microsoft Azure and AWS. Its SD-WAN provides customers with the flexibility to steer traffic to any network or point of presence (PoP) of their choice.

The solution also enables zero-touch provisioning, allowing an enterprise to set-up a global network and connect to the cloud in minutes. Simplified ongoing network management provides the ability to make network or business/application policy changes with just a few clicks. Additionally, Riverbed’s SD-WAN solution natively and seamlessly integrates with third party network security vendors, including the Zscaler cloud security platform to streamline networking and security, providing the level of agility required for the modern enterprise.

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Citing a recent spending intentions survey by ESG, Alex Arcilla, Validation Analyst, at Enterprise Strategy Group said that 68% of responding IT organizations reported having a more complex IT environment driven by many factors – higher numbers of remote and mobile users, increase in the number and types of applications accessed and the need to connect to both on-premises and public cloud data centres. This increased complexity makes it difficult for digitally-driven organizations to maintain their business agility, and they need to ensure that they are supporting business demands with a modern network infrastructure to enable secure application delivery.

“The latest SD-WAN release from Riverbed seamlessly addresses these issues of network complexity, delivering both advanced SD-WAN and enterprise-class routing capabilities. This allows organizations to easily define and implement policies as well as automate connectivity across their entire network in order to maximize network agility from the data centre to the edge to the cloud,” he said.

Riverbed, offers organizations cloud networking and cloud edge solutions with modern IT architecture for the digital enterprise, delivering operational agility for accelerating business performance and outcomes. At more than USD 1 billion in annual revenue, Riverbed’s 30,000+ customers include 98% of the Fortune 100 and 100% of the Forbes Global 100.


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