Riverbed: Enhancing Application Performance across Microsoft Stack

Judy Mirkin, Head of Microsoft Global Alliance
The cost-effective infrastructure and scalability of cloud has become a must for organizations to survive the highly competitive marketplace. A recent report by Gartner and Harvard Business Review revealed that the proportion of companies moving to the cloud has risen to over 70 percent. However, with infrastructure and apps both in the cloud and on-premises –and data moving globally across private and public networks –it is a big challenge for organizations to effectively convert their traditional on-premises IT model into a new hybrid model. Riverbed Technology, a San Francisco-based company, assists these companies with a platform that gives unparalleled visibility across the hybrid enterprise.

The Riverbed Application Performance Platform gives organizations visibility, optimization, and control over hybrid infrastructures including Azure, and SaaS applications like SharePoint and Office 365. “This drives superior business performance and ensures flexibility for organizations to work across the Microsoft platform,” said Judy Mirkin, Director-Microsoft Alliance, Riverbed Technology. “Developed on a set of three enterprise solutions—SteelCentral, SteelHead, and SteelFusion—these solutions can be delivered as software, appliances, or services,” added Mirkin.

The advantage of deploying Riverbed SteelHead in a Microsoft environment is manifold: faster diagnosis of network and application challenges, cost-savings, and improved end-user experiences. The IT team can expect deep, application-level optimization for Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365 by Riverbed’s ability to address distance, bandwidth, and latency issues. SteelHead optimizes applications across the private Wide Area Network (WAN) and the public Internet, boosting Office 365 productivity up to 33x faster. Additionally, SteelHead drastically improves bandwidth reduction up to 97 percent, eliminating costly network bandwidth requirements.

Furthermore, Riverbed offers world class professional services to help customers and partners receive the best from Riverbed’s Application Performance Platform.
The company has consistently worked with a broad and diverse ecosystem of partners to extend the value of its platform to customers in terms of delivering a range of implementation, integration, and value-added services.

For instance one of Riverbed’s clients, MTC Australia, was looking for a strategy to upgrade the organization’s aging infrastructure with a “cloud first” approach. Riverbed’s cloud first strategy for Office 365 and other business critical applications became the key to realizing MTC Australia’s business vision.

The company deployed Riverbed’s SteelHead SaaS Accelerator covering hardware, software, vendors, process, and production information. The transformation was for the infrastructure upgrades, data center consolidation, adoption of new applications, and site expansion. Additionally, the migration included Microsoft Office and Lync, which were moved from Exchange running on local servers to cloud-based Office 365. This accelerated MTC Australia’s app delivery 300 percent—from the cloud—improving business processes and expanding application-based competencies.


We drive superior business performance and ensure flexibility for organizations to work across Microsoft platform


As a thought leader with over 26,000 global enterprise clients, including 97 percent of the Fortune 100 and 98 percent of the Forbes Global 100, Riverbed is constantly driving business objectives focusing on the “innovation pedal” with employees centered on customers’ needs. “We are also looking forward to ‘doubling down’ on cloud environments as well as increasing our portfolio of solutions on Azure and other new Microsoft solutions,” concludes Mirkin.

Company
Riverbed Technology

Headquarters
San Francisco, CA

Management
Judy Mirkin, Head of Microsoft Global Alliance

Description
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