Riverbed Steelhead Review
Efficient wan optimizer


Valuable Features

Mainly "generic features" used for data reduction and TCP window optimization. Some applicative specific optimizations used.

Improvements to My Organization

Great added value for replication flows between far away datacenters : => Data to transfer dramatically reduced, lowering WAN links costs. => TCP window scalling permitting to accelerate WAN transfers for old systems not using this feature natively and also for recent systems using less optimized TCP window scalling.

Room for Improvement

Applicative specifics optimizations shall always be improved.

Use of Solution

2 years

Deployment Issues

Regarding system, upgrades issues occurs with old generations (XX20) but they are now fixed. Regarding hardware, disks sometimes crash on long time installed appliances when it is powercycled but it is the bad side of using magnetic disks to lower big storage space.

Stability Issues

Not really.

Scalability Issues

Not really.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service: Customer service is really efficient. Riverbed TAC access is quick and easy.Technical Support: Sometimes, TAC responses must be challenged but the service is globally valuable.

Previous Solutions

No.

Implementation Team

In-house implementation after a vendor team POC and an in-house lab.

Other Solutions Considered

Cisco WAAS
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.

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