This week at the Microsoft Ignite Conference, Riverbed introduced a series of powerful Microsoft product integrations, enabling mutual customers to leverage their Riverbed and Microsoft investments together to maximize digital performance.
With Riverbed’s SD-WAN solution, SteelConnect, customers can automate local branch path steering for Microsoft Office 365 via conventional broadband. By using the SteelConnect Manager policy engine and intuitive graphical interface, users can extend software-defined policies for steering traffic for selected applications or digital services, users or entire locations. SteelConnect Manager can also be used to connect to Microsoft Azure Virtual WAN, a global network backbone for managed site-to-site and branch-to-Azure connectivity.
This solution is already having an impact with early adopter customers and partners, the company says. Sword Group, an international consulting, services and software enterprise is one such company that is using the integration between Riverbed SteelConnect and Azure Virtual WAN.
“As a multi-national company, Sword needs to connect all around the world and provide interconnectivity and digital services. With Riverbed’s SteelConnect and Microsoft Azure Virtual WAN, we are able to deploy locations in minutes easily in a few steps, control the access, and remove complex and expensive scenarios — all while delivering cloud workloads close to the users,” said Guillaume Mottard, COO at Sword Group. “This capability will allow Sword to engage in new markets with greater speed and agility.”
This announcement builds on Riverbed’s broader vision to enable unified connectivity and orchestration across the entire distributed network. Riverbed SteelConnect is the industry’s first and only SD-WAN product that provides unified connectivity and policy-based orchestration spanning the entire network – WAN LAN/WLAN, data center and the cloud, with one-click connectivity and optimization into Microsoft Azure. Earlier this year, Riverbed announced that SteelConnect supports Azure ExpressRoute with automated “single-click” connectivity. SteelConnect also enables zero-touch provisioning, allowing an enterprise to set-up a global network and connect to the cloud in minutes, and easy ongoing network management that provides the ability to make quick and easy network or business/application policy changes.
Riverbed SteelFusion is alsl extending its offering for Microsoft Hyper-V customers, further expanding on its ability to provide enterprises with flexible and secure architectures, dramatically simplifying operations at the edge of the network. Enterprises and organizations who have selected Hyper-V as their hypervisor of choice will be able to leverage SteelFusion for distributed IT, and fully realize its software-defined value, with the flexibility and agility to instantly deploy and centrally manage edge services, data and applications to any number of remote branches and sites.
SteelFusion is an extensible services platform that uniquely converges an Intelligent Storage Cache, industry-leading WAN Optimization, and industry-standard virtualization into a streamlined and centrally-managed platform for edge IT. The solution replaces all traditional edge infrastructure and enables enterprises and organizations to modernize remote IT infrastructure and operations for the digital age, delivering unprecedented IT agility, data security and application performance while allowing the most data-sensitive organizations to meet compliance standards required for their industry. To date, enterprises and organizations across all industries have replaced older, more complex edge architectures with SteelFusion for a more modern approach to edge IT, including global law firm, Paul Hastings.
“As Riverbed’s first SteelFusion customer, and since our earliest implementations, we have seen substantial savings with our global operations expenditures. We’ve accomplished this while meeting our performance, security, and protection requirements at our remote edge office locations,” said Searl Tate, managing director IT Infrastructure at Paul Hastings, LLP. “As an early adopter of Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtualization platform, we are happy to see the additional flexibility and continued innovation of this upcoming edge solution.”