Riverbed Steelhead for global centralized datacenters
Ralf Richter | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 24, 2019

Riverbed Steelhead for global centralized datacenters

Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Riverbed Steelhead

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
  • Has to be integrated into the total cost, e.g. WAN
  • High costs in startup for hardware & service
  • Cloud Steelhead available, too
We tested Cisco eleven years ago in parallel with Riverbed in a PoC. The Cisco configuration was very complex and sticky based on the location. The Riverbed configuration is flexible based on the whole storage. A software client for devices like laptops or tablets is not available for Cisco WAAS, therefore we selected Riverbed based on a PoC.
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!