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Gartner's recognises Riverbed in latest Magic Quadrant report

By Catherine Knowles
Fri 27 May 2016
FYI, this story is more than a year old

Riverbed Technology has once again been named a leader in the 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN optimisation. This is the ninth consecutive year that the vendor has made it to the leader’s position of the Magic Quadrant.

In February of this year, Riverbed was also named a leader for the Magic Quadrant for Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics, and in December of 2015 the vendor was named a Challenger in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Application Performance Monitoring Suites.

Paul O’Farrell, senior vice president and general manager of Riverbed’s SteelHead, SteelConnect and SteelFusion business units, says, “Riverbed is proud that it has been named a Leader for its SteelHead solution in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimisation for the ninth consecutive year."

“Providing superior application performance is more critical than ever to our customers, particularly as cloud adoption and digital transformation have become top priorities for their business and IT organisations.

“SteelHead plays a critical role in these efforts by providing fast, agile and secure delivery of business applications to on-premises locations, for mobile workers, and into cloud, SaaS & IaaS environments," O'Farrell says.

Riverbed Steelhead provides application visibility, optimisation and control to help manage application delivery across on-premises and cloud environments. 

Riverbed SteelHead is part of the Riverbed Application Performance Platform, which provides unified performance visibility with Riverbed SteelCentral and software-defined edge IT with Riverbed SteelFusion.

In April 2016, Riverbed took a major step to lead the SD-WAN market with the announcement of Riverbed SteelConnect, which enables application-defined networking through business intent policies focused on performance, agility and efficiency.

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), with a line of WAN gateways, LAN switches, and Wi-Fi access points managed centrally with an intuitive graphical management console. 

This new approach makes deploying and managing network services similar to downloading apps onto a smart phone or spinning up compute and storage resources into a public cloud.

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