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San Francisco based Riverbed Technology offers Steelhead, a WAN optimization platform.https://media.trustradius.com/product-logos/Bt/yn/4QICOZS4827A.pngRiverbed Steelhead for global centralized datacentersRiverbed 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,10,Has to be integrated into the total cost, e.g. WAN High costs in startup for hardware & service Cloud Steelhead available, too,Cisco Wide Area Application Services,Riverbed SteelCentral AppInternals, Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure, Cisco Application Control EngineGreat WAN compression and optimization productOur 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.,8,Great cost savings for expanded WAN connections. The maintenance cost of the devices is high.,Riverbed Steelhead - Makes your network speedy!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,8,Files now open a lot quicker, at near local speeds. We are able to respond to customers quicker as we can get access quicker.,,Zendesk, Microsoft 365 BusinessUps and downs of RiverbedSteelhead 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.,6,We've been able to increase the amount of data we are replicating and thus increasing our recover ability in the case of DR.,,Infoblox IPAM, Cisco Cloud Web Security, Cisco ASASteelhead Riverbed - a solid performerWe 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,9,We have been able to keep our MPLS expenses to a minimum The ease of management and deployment keeps our IT personnel costs down,Aerohive Wireless WAN, Cisco Wide Area Application Services and Silver Peak NX,SolarWinds Network Bandwidth Analyzer, Statseeker, PRTG Network Monitor
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June 24, 2019

Review: "Riverbed Steelhead for global centralized datacenters"

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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!
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March 29, 2019

Riverbed Steelhead Review: "Great WAN compression and optimization product"

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.
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April 23, 2019

Review: "Riverbed Steelhead - Makes your network speedy!"

Score 8 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).
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May 01, 2017

Riverbed Steelhead Review: "Ups and downs of Riverbed"

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.
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September 02, 2016

Riverbed Steelhead Review: "Steelhead Riverbed - a solid performer"

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.
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San Francisco based Riverbed Technology offers Steelhead, a WAN optimization platform.
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