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.


Valuable Features

  • MPLS through OSPF
  • VLAN

Improvements to 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.

Room for 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.

Deployment Issues

There have been no issues deploying it.

Stability Issues

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.

Scalability Issues

We have had no issues

Customer Service and Technical Support

7/10

Previous Solutions

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.

Initial Setup

It's straightforward to implement.

Implementation Team

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

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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