Riverbed Technology, an application performance company, has launched Riverbed SteelConnect, a software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) solution for networking in a cloud environment.
Riverbed says SteelConnect is designed to enable business-intent policies for applications to provide the performance and agility enterprises need today.
According to Riverbed, SteelConnect is the industry’s first and only product to unify network connectivity and orchestration of application delivery across hybrid WANs, remote LANs and cloud networks such as AWS (available today) and Microsoft Azure (later this year).
Jerry M. Kennelly, Riverbed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer says that “the market is going through one of the largest transformations ever, with organisations moving quickly to adopt more digital and cloud services and hybrid networks.”
According to him, “legacy approaches to managing distributed networks and routing, which are hardware-bound, hard-coded, inflexible and error-prone, have not changed much in 20 years. We believe SteelConnect has the potential to disrupt the multi-billion dollar branch office router market and re-define networking as we know it today.”
He went further to say that “with SteelConnect, we’re delivering an application-defined networking solution that leverages Riverbed’s application DNA and integrates industry-leading visibility, to provide the agility, simplicity and speed enterprises need to manage today’s complex cloud and hybrid architectures.”
The company adds that SteelConnect simplifies and streamlines the process of designing, deploying and managing distributed networks, enabling organizations to modernize their network architecture to realize the full potential of digital transformation, with a fully integrated line of secure WAN gateways, remote LAN switches and Wi-Fi access points, all managed centrally through a cloud console with an intuitive and graphical user interface.