Riverbed SteelHead

Riverbed SteelHead

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What is Riverbed SteelHead?

San Francisco based Riverbed Technology offers Steelhead, a WAN optimization solution, which includes the SteelHead CX/GX delivering optimization for Hybrid WANs, accelerating the performance of applications to improve productivity and reduce costs, and SteelHead SD combining SD-WAN and WAN…

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What is Riverbed SteelHead?

San Francisco based Riverbed Technology offers Steelhead, a WAN optimization solution, which includes the SteelHead CX/GX delivering optimization for Hybrid WANs, accelerating the performance of applications to improve productivity and reduce costs, and SteelHead SD combining SD-WAN and WAN Optimization, providing a single, unified orchestration and connectivity fabric across the entire distributed enterprise network with embedded security, optimization, and visibility.

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September 23, 2021

Trusted Steelhead

Score 10 out of 10
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When COVID hit we really felt we were remote ready. Although our remote options were good, our Riverbed Steelhead allow our large files to be workable where they were not before. A 20 minute file opening time was cut to only 1.5 minutes bringing us back to office like work conditions. Since then it has only helped to streamline our operations.
  • Data Reduction
  • Increase Speed
  • Make Large CAD Files Workable
  • Even More Speed
  • Greater and Faster Data Reduction
  • Increased Dashboard Capabilities
If you are dealing with large CAD files on a daily basis "remotely", Riverbed Steelhead makes your home office feel just like the office.
Score 10 out of 10
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We use Riverbed Steelheads at all of our sites (around 10). They are mainly used to optimise SMB traffic from file servers. This allows us to have near local performance for opening word documents and PDFs. It also helps with Exchange Mailboxes, with a handy feature that continues to sync mail onto the Riverbed Unit even when the client is turned off.
  • File and Folder Optimisation
  • Microsoft Exchange Optimisation
  • Data Bandwidth Reporting
  • We found that the Citrix optimisation wasn't as fast as we had hoped
We found that Riverbed Steelhead is especially good at optimising SMB traffic (Windows File and Folders).
Ralf Richter | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Riverbed Steelhead is used within our organization for the global acceleration of all applications and additionally for our customers as a managed service. For this reason, we designed a product based on Riverbed and named it Managed WAN Acceleration Service. Our customers are buying that service and we keep the hardware up and running and in service.
  • Remote sites to datacenters
  • Performance over long distances
  • Security over WAN
  • Integration of public clouds with their licensing
  • All hardware in one controller like Steel-Connect
Riverbed Steelhead is very stable and integrates into applications easily, especially Microsoft and Azure or AWS.
If there is a new Windows version available, the Riverbed version is not far away. The remote locations can work like they are located near the data center. For this reason, you can reduce your global data centers to a minimum. Some customers have just one!
Tim Slater | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Our organization uses Riverbed Steelhead devices between our Production site and our Disaster Recovery site. It has drastically improved the throughput of our WAN connection between these locations. Our 100mb connection is often able to carry 800+mb of compressed and optimized data. Additionally, with 11 remote locations, we use the steelhead mobile controller to optimized traffic between our Production site and remote users. This dramatically improves the end user experience over VPN connections.
  • Effectively improves data throughput over VPN WAN connections.
  • Seamless operation.
  • Optimizes a variety of applications. Including, HTTPS, Citrix, Netapp SM and SV, Exchange, etc.
  • It would be great if Riverbed extended these capabilities to cellphones and tablets.
WAN optimization and compression, and Mobile VPN optimization.
Score 6 out of 10
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Steelhead is used to limit the bandwidth usage for our remote offices.
  • For many protocols, Steelhead does not need any tuning to provide benefit.
  • In our offices that are using SnapMirror replication we've seen over 90% optimization.
  • We've had a recurring issue with SPORT errors causing Steelhead to crash across our environment. This has been an issue across several versions of code.
  • Steelhead will randomly drop out of the AD domain thus disabling SMB2/3 optimization and encrypted MAPI optimization.
Steelhead does a good job reducing WAN traffic, but recent instability of code has made the product less desirable than previously.
Score 9 out of 10
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We have Riverbed Steelhead deployed across our global organization. We use it to optimize traffic, which allows us to use lower MPLS bandwidth than otherwise needed, saving us thousands of dollars. We also use it to analyze traffic flows.
  • Optimizes traffic, reducing bandwidth needs
  • Gives insight into traffic
  • Simple to set up and deploy
  • A reduction in price is always welcomed
  • Simplify and streamline advanced features and add-on pieces for more detailed traffic analysis
  • Getting granularity into traffic behavior becomes confusing and very expensive
Riverbed Steelhead significantly helps with bandwidth optimization for Microsoft file sharing and Microsoft Exchange. If these services are centralized, Riverbed Steelhead makes sense. Less suitable areas where I might not implement Riverbed Steelhead would include SAP and Web based optimization/bandwidth reduction.