Riverbed Steelhead Review

It's improved the stability and throughput of the WAN, especially for remote small branches with low link speed.


What is most valuable?

  • Easy deployment
  • Fantastic bandwidth optimization
  • Low maintenance requirements

How has it helped my organization?

It's improved the stability and throughput of the WAN, especially for remote small branches with low link speed. Reduced impact to network performance from Windows updates deployment on users PCs.

What needs improvement?

Better logic of the web GUI.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using it for three years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

We have had no issues with the deployment.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We had some stability problems with a few devices. Probably RAM leaking issue by some processes which caused problem with remote access to the devices trough SSH or web.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have had no issues scaling it for our needs.

How are customer service and technical support?

I haven't had much experience with Riverbed Technical Support since our devices are managed by outsourcing company.

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

We previously used Cisco WAAS solution.

How was the initial setup?

The deployment of the Riverbed products is very easy and straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

I implemented it myself. The advice is just to follow the vendor instructions.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

What other advice do I have?

Check your network requirements before deploying one of the Riverbed devices. CX255M is more than enough for most of the branch sites with 10-50 people.



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

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When you are have issues gaining access to the remote Steelhead, check the remote site WAN router for link saturation. This is the only time I have had a hard time connecting to a remote Steelhead. I found that by using Steelhead Inbound QoS to reduce Scavenger Traffic (YouTube, Facebook, ESPN, etc) to reasonable levels (10% or so) you will find a much more responsive remote Steelhead.