Cloud Steelhead Cloud-intelligent WAN Optimization

By: Riverbed  11-11-2011
Keywords: Cloud Computing, Wan Optimization

The Riverbed® Cloud Steelhead® extends Riverbed's market-leading WAN optimization to a solution that is purpose-built for public cloud computing environments.

Public, private, and hybrid cloud environments all face the performance limitations inherent in today’s applications and networks. In order for enterprises to maximize the flexibility and cost savings of the public cloud they must overcome the same latency and bandwidth constraints that challenge distributed IT infrastructure environments. By overcoming application and network performance problems, Cloud Steelhead accelerates the process of migrating data and applications to the cloud, and accelerates access to that data from anywhere. Compatibility with Amazon Web Services and ESX-based cloud environments eliminate vendor lock-in by giving organizations the freedom to move between cloud providers with ease.

Cloud Steelhead offers a number of features to help ensure a smooth transition and user experience across the board.

Transparent cloud interception:

The Cloud Steelhead Discovery Agent simplifies the way in which WAN optimization can be integrated into the highly automated, virtualized environments of the cloud where the physical location of a company’s server might change at any time. With this new form of cloud interception, servers that are authorized to leverage WAN optimization will redirect connections to the appropriate Cloud Steelhead, even if server IP addresses or subnets change, allowing organizations to take advantage of the flexibility of the cloud without concern for performance.

Flexible cloud pricing model:

The Cloud Steelhead features a subscription-based pricing model to provide cloud-like economics for WAN optimization. Riverbed offers monthly subscriptions with term commitments as short as six months, which allows customers who utilize Cloud Steelhead to shift from high capital expenditures to operation expenditures for their WAN optimization requirements.

Simple, portal-based management:

Elastic sizing and easy cloning:

Cloud Steelhead instances can easily be upgraded between models and administrators can use their existing settings and configurations to bring new Cloud Steelhead instances online quickly and easily. This elastic sizing and easy cloning make it possible for organizations to take advantage of the scale-as-you-go infrastructure opportunity of the public cloud.

Cloud Steelhead instances interoperate with Steelhead appliances, Virtual Steelhead, and Steelhead Mobile to offer organizations the flexibility to provide “anywhere acceleration” of enterprise data and applications in private, hybrid, and public cloud environments

Keywords: Cloud Computing, Wan Optimization

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