Riverbed Steelhead Review

Through this product, we can easily find the bottlenecks and where the traffic occurs or generated in the network. Not all devices are available for creating the topology.


What is most valuable?

  • MPLS through OSPF
  • VLAN

How has it helped my organization?

Through this product, we can easily find the bottlenecks and where the traffic occurs or generated in the network. It also helps to find the shortest path to send our data from source to destination through the MPLS network. Then, we can handle it through this technology.

What needs improvement?

Not all devices are available for creating the topology as per the need on your network, such as the three switch router or firewall in this product. Nor do they provide help for putting actual and exact data for creating devices as per requirement.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

There have been no issues deploying it.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have had some issues with licence acquisition following a hanging server or power issues. Sometimes it can take a long time to resolve the issue with Riverbed support.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have had no issues

How are customer service and technical support?

7/10

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We also use OPNET Modeller Academic v14.0 which is free and is easily downloaded and installed on our system. With it, there is no proper way to create the topology unlike in OPNET SP Guru Network Planner 17.0. Things missing from it are the ability to create devices and the inability to create access permissions to upload to the network configuration to my existing network. These need to be uploaded though Wireshark tools, the router or other methods.

How was the initial setup?

It's straightforward to implement.

What about the implementation team?

We had some issues but they were resolved with the help of the vendor team.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Its licensing is for a single machine. If we want to use it on more than one machine, it doesn’t work following the install installed. This should be improved as the cost for a licence is very high and we are unable to purchase this product for using each user.


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

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