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  • 25 January 2017 14:04

Riverbed Delivers “One-click” Cloud Networking Solution for Secure Connectivity to Microsoft Azure Cloud Networks

Riverbed SteelConnect offers instant and automated provisioning of SD-WAN connectivity into Microsoft Azure cloud networks

SAN FRANCISCO – January 24, 2017 – Riverbed Technology, the application performance company, today announced that Riverbed® SteelConnect™, an app-defined SD-WAN solution that simplifies networking for the cloud-centric enterprise, now offers instant and easy provisioning of SD-WAN connectivity into Microsoft Azure cloud networks. SteelConnect is transforming legacy hardware-based approaches to networking with a software-defined and application-centric solution that delivers the agility, visibility, and performance that businesses need to deliver real business impact in a cloud-first world.

As applications continue to move to the cloud, performance and security remain critical concerns for the enterprise. SteelConnect delivers automated, secure connectivity to Azure cloud networks with a single click. As a result, enterprises can be more agile, while maintaining the same level of performance delivered from the cloud across the entire hybrid network.

“Riverbed has a long-standing relationship with Microsoft to provide fast and secure access to users’ applications and data, wherever it resides,” said Paul O’Farrell, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Riverbed’s SteelConnect, SteelHead, and SteelFusion business units. “With the seamless integration of Microsoft Azure with Riverbed SteelConnect, we’re taking this a step further, ensuring that connectivity to the cloud itself is simple, instant and secure.”

“Today’s enterprises continue to take advantage of Microsoft Azure to achieve increased efficiency, scalability and cost savings,” said Ross Ortega, Partner PM Manager in Microsoft Azure. “Riverbed SteelConnect is a differentiated SD-WAN solution which automates more secure connectivity, increases agility and improves the overall customer experience.”

SteelConnect provides an intelligent approach to designing, deploying, and managing distributed networks, with single-click provisioning into cloud environments such as Azure. SteelConnect is the industry’s first and only SD-WAN solution to ensure seamless performance for all users by unifying and optimising application delivery across hybrid WANs, remote LANs, and cloud networks.

Following a successful early access launch of SteelConnect in April 2016, Riverbed launched the general availability of SteelConnect 2.0 in September 2016, which offers richer integration with SteelHead WAN optimisation, integration with SteelCentral for visibility, dynamic routing, and greater scale for large enterprise deployments.

Riverbed also announced today that it has attained a Microsoft Gold Cloud Platform Competency, demonstrating a “best-in-class” ability and commitment to meet Microsoft customers’ evolving needs in today’s cloud-first world and distinguishing itself within Microsoft’s partner ecosystem.

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Riverbed SteelConnect and the Riverbed Application Performance Platform Riverbed is delivering solutions to help companies transition from legacy hardware to a new software-defined and cloud-centric approach to networking, and improve end user experience, allowing enterprises’ digital transformation initiatives to reach their full potential. The Riverbed Application Performance Platform™ delivers the agility, visibility, and performance businesses need to be successful in a cloud and digital world. By leveraging the Platform, organisations can deliver apps, data, and services from any public, private, or hybrid cloud across any network to any end-point. A key part of the platform, Riverbed SteelConnect™ is a revolutionary application-defined SD-WAN solution that provides an intelligent and simplified approach to designing, deploying and managing distributed networks.

About Riverbed Riverbed, at more than $1 billion in annual revenue, is the leader in Application Performance Infrastructure, delivering the most complete platform for the hybrid enterprise to ensure applications perform as expected, data is always available when needed, and performance issues can be proactively detected and resolved before impacting business performance.

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