Riverbed extends virtual services to remote offices

by Sohini Bagchi    Oct 09, 2012

riverbedEarly this year, Riverbed Technology integrated a VMware server hypervisor into its Steelhead WAN optimization appliance that packed storage and virtualization capabilities in a single box. Currently, the company has revamped its offering by integrating VMware’s vSphere virtualization platform into its Steelhead EX model appliances.

According to the company, the new capabilities would offer enterprises a more centralized management for their distributed virtualized environments and enable them to manage virtual machines from VMware’s vCenter management suite to branch offices and remote campuses.

Speaking specifically about the Indian market, Robert Healey, Marketing Evangelist, Riverbed Technology, told CXOtoday that the increased number of ways to connect with the corporate network has led to a change in the entire enterprise environment and this often makes it difficult for the CIO to manage the IT environment. Virtualized WAN optimisation can help enterprises overcome the various mobility challenges by reducing the cost of supporting the mobile workers while at the same time boosting enterprise productivity.

Healy believes enterprise mobility will continue to evolve as enterprises are realising the benefits of a mobile workforce that leads to more effective customer relations, lower cost and improved productivity. At the same time mobility will continue to be driven by affordable smartphones, laptops and tablets that are fast becoming powerful mobility devices to support this remote mobile workforce.

“With the increase in the number of remote and mobile workers, the demand of corporate data and applications residing outside the corporate offices is also on the rise, as the workers have access to the web, email and a whole lot of other databases,” he said.

However, without adequate IT performance, companies are likely to lose business by accessing key IT systems and data from remote location. Healy said for example India is marked by challenges of low bandwidth and higher latency. when applications are delivered to remote or mobile workers, it reduces their application performance tremendously.

Keeping several of these challenges in mind, the company has recently introduced an enhanced Steelhead Mobile 4.0 that makes it easier for businesses to manage and provision mobile users. The new version is also equipped with improved user interface in the Steelhead Mobile Controller that enables businesses to seamlessly configure policies and scale to meet the growing needs of an increasingly mobile workforce.

Healy believes that Indian enterprises are increasingly following the global trend by making WAN optimization a mandatory part of their corporate IT architectures and the trend is here to stay.