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Riverbed SteelCentral Amps up Visibility in the Cloud

By CIOReview | Friday, May 20, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO, CA: The application performance company, Riverbed Technology has announced new features to Riverbed SteelCentral that enhances the troubleshooting capabilities and improved monitoring across the cloud while improving ease of use and scalability at the same time. These improvements continue to aid a common theme of improved SteelCentral platform integration while enhancing several important capabilities.

“This new release provides substantial enhancements in cloud-based performance monitoring, along with new features that will help accelerate business execution and improve productivity,” said Mike Sargent, SVP, General Manager of SteelCentral, Riverbed. “As more enterprises espouse digital and cloud services; SteelCentral provides the high definition visibility that is important to enabling and assuring the success of these transformational initiatives.”

Extended visibility into the cloud, PaaS and containers: In its pursuit to increase dexterity, IT is embracing cloud services and technologies like PaaS, micro-services and containers to deliver applications faster and to make sure that they can scale as usage increases. With this new release, IT can scale monitoring across applications that use these technologies.

“While a large number of companies have organized IT around specially designed teams that concentrate on elements of application infrastructure, they depend on cross-functional collaboration to ensure smooth operation,” said Julie Craig, Research Director, Application Management, Enterprise Management Associates.

Large-scale virtualized network performance monitoring: IT organizations have increasingly adopted server virtualization as a result of its widely accepted benefits of cost savings and ease of deployment; however, as the datacenter turns more and more virtualized, it leads to visibility blind spots. With this new release, Riverbed immensely enhances the ability of companies to monitor and keep a check on virtualized server traffic.

Expanded unified communications monitoring: As companies move towards unified communications applications, distinguishing the main causes of network degradations, user mistakes or device errors is time-taking and repetitive. SteelCentral keeps a tab on performance across multiple UC solutions, which includes Microsoft Skype for Business in alignment with Avaya and Cisco UC traffic – with a multi-vendor dashboard that gives a complete picture of overall UC performance.

Next-generation diagnostics and troubleshooting: As application performance takes the central role to the business, proactively monitoring and troubleshooting the application infrastructure has become a  critical element in managing the business – whether that application is deployed in the cloud or on-premises. With this release Riverbed has drastically improved the ability for IT managers to troubleshoot network and application issues.

“We drive better business performance and keep in mind the flexibility for organizations to work across Microsoft platform,” says Judy Mirkin, Director- Microsoft Alliance, Riverbed Technology.