Riverbed today announced a number of product updates to its Digital Performance Platform, Digital Experience Platform, SteelConnect, and SteelHead SD-WAN platforms to improve both network performance and platform performance.
The main update was to the Digital Performance Platform, to which the company added a cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) performance management tool meant to boost the reliability of and access to SaaS applications. The tool, called SaaS Accelerator, allows users to measure and monitor SaaS-based applications in real-time and improves performance by 10 times.
The SaaS Accelerator leverages Riverbed’s end-user experience management service to monitor user experience on their applications at scale. It’s targeted at distributed enterprises that require always-on access to SaaS applications where the users are located far from the SaaS servers. According to a spokesperson from the company, the tool “can dramatically improve user experience and business performance by eliminating performance gaps and disruptions that interfere with an employee’s ability to stay connected, satisfied, and productive.”
The company also updated both of its SD-WAN offerings. SteelConnect, which is based on a unified orchestration and connectivity fabric, and SteelHead, which is made for secure optimization on applications, are both better prepared for multi-cloud network automation; better service chaining for on-premises and cloud-based security services; greater flexibility for deploying and managing SD-WAN in global environments; and one-click registration support for Zscaler’s security platform.
The final update to the SD-WANs is a new way to architect the services. Now, customers can architect the SD-WAN across both traditional hubs and new virtual service hubs, which are flexible aggregation points that have more capabilities and can better serve complex, enterprise SD-WAN architectures and support larger-scale deployments.
The last of the product updates from Riverbed are to its Digital Experience Management platform, which measures and manages end-user experience on networks, applications, devices, and infrastructure. The company added an automated remediation feature that will detect and resolve issues before they impact experience. It does so by leveraging the company’s “Inspector,” which searches across the company’s environment to identify issue-related elements.