By 11 November 2014 | Categories: Press Release



Next-generation SteelHead 9.0 optimizes, automates, and secures delivery of any application over hybrid networks while SteelCentral AppResponse 9.5 provides the only solution to monitor and troubleshoot end-user experience for optimized SaaS apps

Riverbed Technology, the leader in application performance infrastructure, announced at Riverbed FORCE 2014 the next-generation of two Riverbed flagship products – Riverbed® SteelHead™ 9.0 and Riverbed® SteelCentral™ AppResponse 9.5–to deliver the most complete visibility, control, and optimization solution to accelerate performance of on-premises, cloud, and SaaS applications.

The new solution provides optimization for any app, unmatched visibility from the data center to the cloud, and simplified control across hybrid networks with network path selection capabilities that make it easy to group applications via business-intent policies. These new innovations and tighter integrations between SteelHead and SteelCentral enhance the Riverbed Application Performance Platform™–the most complete platform that enables CIOs to deliver, control, and optimize all IT resources across the hybrid enterprise.

 “This announcement offers breakthrough innovations, and Riverbed is now poised to do for cloud and SaaS applications what we’ve done for more than 1100 applications across the wide area network for the last decade,” said Jerry M. Kennelly, Riverbed Chairman and CEO. “With these new solutions, Riverbed is continuing to deliver on our vision of enabling hybrid enterprises to transform application performance into a competitive advantage by maximizing employee productivity and leveraging IT to create new forms of operational agility.”  

Hybrid architectures and SaaS applications bring significant benefits to organizations, however at the same time, create challenges for CIOs who need full visibility across all networks and applications and must deliver an optimal and consistent end user experience – regardless of where the application or network resources reside. 

“In this new paradigm of anywhere and anytime connectivity, enterprise IT is struggling to control and monitor this new level of connectivity, and effectively maintain critical SLAs,” said Brad Casemore, Research Director for Datacenter Networks, IDC. “As the level of complexity continues to grow, enterprise IT must invest in solutions, which allow them to achieve the same level of control and visibility for all connections, whether they originate from the datacenter, the branch, a mobile device or a SaaS application."

SteelHead 9.0 extends Riverbed’s decade-long industry leadership in WAN optimization, delivering up to 100x performance improvements, with new levels of visibility, control, and optimization for hybrid enterprises.

Provides unmatched visibility from the datacenter to the cloud – SteelHead 9.0 integrates with SteelCentral AppReponse 9.5 to provide visibility of on-premises, cloud, and SaaS apps. Bringing deeper visibility into the end-user experience, SteelCentral AppResponse 9.5 is the only solution to measure end-user experience for both SteelHead-optimized and non-optimized enterprise web and SaaS applications for faster, more effective monitoring, and troubleshooting.

Simplifies application and network control– SteelHead 9.0 makes it easy to group applications according to their type and business priority to automate SLA activation for different types of apps. And, it brings centralized, application-driven control of hybrid networks with “business intent”-based policies that make it easy to configure and manage path selection, quality of service (QoS), and secure transport. With Path Selection, SteelHead 9.0 intelligently derives all network paths and, based on business needs then prioritizes, secures and delivers business-critical applications over the fastest networks, while less critical applications are sent over the Internet.For example, Microsoft Lync voice traffic can be delivered over MPLS, while Lync video traffic is directed to the Internet. With these new capabilities, enterprises can deliver applications with the appropriate SLAs to meet their business needs, using a mix of networks to balance cost and speed for apps and data of differing priorities.

Optimizes, automates, and secures delivery of additional SaaS apps–To optimize applications to their maximum potential, the solution has to be able to recognize them. SteelHead 9.0 identifies over 1,100 applications – on-premises, cloud, and SaaS – which can be optimized for maximum productivity. Riverbed is rapidly expanding the number and type of applications that SteelHead recognizes, with a particular focus on SaaS apps.

Geo IQ for Microsoft Office 365–The latest release of SteelHead 9.0 also offers Geo IQ for Microsoft Office 365, which ensures users are always connected to the native mailbox for optimal performance no matter where the Office 365 mailbox or the user is located.

“Today, enterprises are challenged by the complexity of multiple clouds, networks, service providers, SLAs,end users everywhere,and application sprawl, all of which is resulting in lack of visibility to ensure a consistent experience for end users,” said Paul O’Farrell, Senior Vice President and General Manager, SteelHead Products Group at Riverbed. “With the announcements of SteelHead 9.0 and SteelCentral AppResponse 9.5, Riverbed is providing visibility and control for applications to end users anywhere they’re located, enabling CIOs to fully enjoy all the business benefits of the hybrid enterprise.”

Riverbed SteelHead 9.0 and SteelCentral AppResponse 9.5 are both expected to be generally available in Q4 2014. For more information on Riverbed SteelHead 9.0 and SteelCentral AppResponse 9.5 visit:

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements relating to the ability of Riverbed to meet the needs of distributed organizations. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions that, if they do not fully materialize or prove incorrect, could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties that could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include our ability to react to trends and challenges in our business and the markets in which we operate; our ability to anticipate market needs or develop new or enhanced products to meet those needs; the adoption rate of our products; our ability to establish and maintain successful relationships with our distribution partners; our ability to compete in our industry; fluctuations in demand, sales cycles and prices for our products and services; shortages or price fluctuations in our supply chain; our ability to protect our intellectual property rights; general political, economic and market conditions and events; and other risks and uncertainties described more fully in our documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. More information about these and other risks that may impact Riverbed's business are set forth in our Form 10-K filed with the SEC for the period ended December 31, 2013, and our subsequent quarterly reports filed with the SEC. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to us as of the date hereof, and we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements. Any future product, feature or related specification that may be referenced in this release are for information purposes only and are not commitments to deliver any technology or enhancement. Riverbed reserves the right to modify future product plans at any time.

About Riverbed

Riverbed, at more than $1 billion in annual revenue, is the leader in Application Performance Infrastructure, delivering the most complete platform for the hybrid enterprise to ensure applications perform as expected, data is always available when needed, and performance issues can be proactively detected and resolved before impacting business performance. Riverbed enables hybrid enterprises to transform application performance into a competitive advantage by maximizing employee productivity and leveraging IT to create new forms of operational agility. Riverbed’s 25,000+ customers include 97% of both the Fortune 100 and Forbes Global 100. Learn more at

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