Riverbed Steelhead Review

It compresses more than 50% of the daily throughput​.


Valuable Features

The WAN optimization feature is the most valuable.

Improvements to My Organization

It helps to save a lot of money in terms of buying bandwidth from a network provider due to the fact that it compresses more than 50% of the daily throughput.

Room for Improvement

The RIOS upgrade/download process must be overhauled to be a direct step process instead of the multiple stage procedure that currently take place.

There are lots of bugs detected in each release which give the assumption that it is not being thoroughly tested.

Use of Solution

I've been supporting it for seven years.

Deployment Issues

We had no issues with the deployment but there are bugs in each release.

Stability Issues

We have no issues with the stability.

Scalability Issues

We have had no issues with scaling it for our needs.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Technical support is very good in the WAN optimization department, needs a little more expertize in the steelcentral department.

Previous Solutions

I used Cisco WAAS, Juniper WX, and Ipanema. Riverbed are way ahead overall.

Initial Setup

It was straightforward.

Implementation Team

I work for a network provider so we are the people who do the implementation. I find that the implementation is very easy in this solution.

Other Advice

This product is far way ahead from its competitors.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We are the biggest reseller of Riverbed product
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