Riverbed Overview

Riverbed® Technology is the IT infrastructure performance company with a family of wide area network (WAN) optimization solutions that give businesses an order-of-magnitude increase in value and performance of their existing networks, applications and storage. Riverbed liberates enterprises from common IT constraints by offering optimization solutions that accelerate application performance, enable consolidation, and provide enterprise-wide network and application visibility — while eliminating the need to increase bandwidth, storage or servers.

Thousands of companies with worldwide operations trust Riverbed to make their entire IT infrastructure faster, less expensive and more responsive.


Riverbed products are powered by the Riverbed Optimization System (RiOS®) software platform, which is based on patented technologies that address four main solution areas in a variety of simple-to-deploy IT appliances and software products:

  • Application Acceleration – Riverbed accelerates all TCP traffic — Mail, file transfers, FTP, Web, Notes, databases, ERP, backup applications, and other key enterprise applications — delivering LAN-like performance and improved application visibility that dramatically improves collaboration, file sharing and productivity for distributed enterprises.
  • Bandwidth Optimization – Riverbed eliminates redundant WAN traffic, effectively expanding bandwidth by a factor of 10 or more. This reduces congestion, makes room for other applications, and enables network managers to delay or avoid WAN bandwidth upgrades, or even de-provision their current bandwidth.
  • IT Infrastructure Consolidation – Riverbed enables network architects to consolidate file servers, email servers, NAS and tape libraries from remote offices to data centers — without degrading end user performance. Successful site consolidation cuts IT CapEx, maintenance and management costs dramatically.
  • Backup & Replication Acceleration – Riverbed reduces backup windows and transfer times for applications like NetApp SnapMirror, EMC SRDF/A, and IBM Tivoli — enabling organizations to quickly and securely back up and replicate data across the WAN from systems that are hundreds, or even thousands of miles from the data center.

The award-winning Riverbed Steelhead® appliances and Steelhead Mobile software speed the performance of applications between distributed sites up to 100 times, enabling companies to consolidate IT, improve backup and replication processes to ensure data integrity, and realize significant capital and operational cost savings. By providing optimizations that are orders of magnitude greater than what users experience today, Riverbed is changing the way people work — enabling enterprises to meet the growing needs of a distributed workforce while managing the economic demands to accomplish more with existing IT resources.

Infrastructure Management

Isolate and correct the root cause of network problems automatically. Thousands of customers worldwide depend on EMC Smarts solutions to optimize network performance and availability. We deliver by using patented technologies to automate the end-to-end management of complex infrastructures.

  • ATM/Frame Relay Manager: Effectively manage data networks and WANs.
  • Discovery Manager: Automatically map and evaluate IP network elements.
  • IP Availability Manager: Automate root cause and impact analysis in IP networks.
  • IP Performance Manager: Sustain infrastructure performance.
  • MPLS Manager: Meet the challenge of MPLS management.
  • Multicast Manager: Critical intelligence for delivering multicast services.
  • Network Protocol Manager: Root cause analysis of routing protocol events.
  • Optical Transport Manager: Assure carrier-grade services over fiber.
  • Server Performance Manager: Proactive monitoring of server performance.
  • oIP Manager: Manage networks and applications that deliver VoIP services.
Riverbed Technology delivers performance for the globally connected enterprise

Riverbed is the product that provides technology for WAN optimization, network performance management & cloud storage solutions. With Riverbed®, enterprises can successfully and intelligently implement strategic initiatives such as virtualization, consolidation, cloud computing, and disaster recovery, without fear of compromising performance.

When organizations consolidate IT and move to cloud environments, the distance created between users and their data often results in high-latency and reduced bandwidth. Riverbed enables enterprises to overcome these drawbacks. At Riverbed we make it easy to understand, optimize, and accelerate IT, so that organizations can build a fast, fluid, and dynamic IT architecture.

The award-winning line of WAN optimization solutions gives businesses an order-of-magnitude increase in the performance and value of their existing IT infrastructure and mission-critical applications. The applications Riverbed accelerates include file sharing, email, backup, document management systems, IT tools, and ERP and CRM solutions.

The Riverbed Steelhead® product family — including physical appliances, Cloud Steelhead, Virtual Steelhead, Steelhead Mobile, and Steelhead Cloud Accelerator — boosts network throughput and application performance by up to 100 times. Riverbed Granite™ appliances extend WAN optimization capabilities to allow for consolidation and management of all edge servers in the data center. Riverbed Cascade®provides application-aware network performance management and analysis for both enterprise customers and service providers. Riverbed Stingray™ product family is application delivery software designed to make applications faster, reliable, and secure. And Riverbed Whitewater® cloud storage gateways modernize data protection and streamline operations by eliminating tape, improving DR readiness, and reducing costs by 30 to 50 percent.