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"TCP optimization... caches a particular TCP connection and the next time a user uses that connection he will reach the destination easily.""I find the most valuable to be the compression and exchange replication."

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"The content that we are getting is very good. Content caching is also supported.""The most valuable feature is the caching.""It's a stable solution."

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"Application response time and network performance could be improved.""They should include a network switch in a future release."

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"Activating the SSL inspection is one of the challenges. We are currently moving to the O365 cloud, and one of the challenges is the performance when all of our users are connected to O365 by a proxy.""There are performance issues with all of the proxies.""Technical support is an area that requires some improvement."

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"The solution is expensive and the service contacts are costly too. The cost of the device makes the value proposition borderline acceptable for us. The service contract fees we pay is approximately $30,000 annually."

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"In terms of cost, it is expensive. Its pricing has been a challenge for us since its acquisition by Broadcom.""It's expensive. Clients often go to other products.""Licensing is based on a subscription."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: We just did an assessment for our 47 datacenters around North America. The top two enterprise-level network monitoring solutions were ExtraHop first, Riverbed SteelCenter second. Their negotiated cost… more »
Top Answer: I find the most valuable to be the compression and exchange replication.
Top Answer: They should include a network switch in a future release.
Top Answer: Licensing is based on a subscription. Currently, we have a subscription for three years.
Top Answer: The technical support should be improved.
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Also Known As
RIverbed Steelhead, Steelhead
Blue Coat Encrypted Traffic Management, ProxySG Appliance
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Riverbed SteelHead is the industry's #1 optimization solution for accelerated delivery of all applications across the hybrid enterprise. SteelHead also provides better visibility into application and network performance and the end user experience plus control through an application-aware approach to hybrid networking and path selection based on centralized, business intent-based policies for what you want to achieve as a business.

A Symantec secure web-filtering proxy empowers you to: Control web and cloud usage with fast app performance. Establish negative-day threat defenses. Implement multi-authentication realm support. Gain visibility into encrypted web traffic.

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Sample Customers
Orasure Technologies, Energia Communications Inc., GHD, JLL, Northwest Pipe, Dudek & Associates, Lathrop & Gage, Carilion Clinic
Top Industries
Energy/Utilities Company23%
Construction Company8%
Media Company8%
Comms Service Provider28%
Computer Software Company24%
Financial Services Firm6%
Real Estate/Law Firm5%
Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider14%
Financial Services Firm12%
Company Size
Small Business7%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise71%
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Find out what your peers are saying about Riverbed Steelhead vs. Symantec Proxy and other solutions. Updated: May 2021.
502,104 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Riverbed Steelhead is ranked 4th in WAN Optimization with 2 reviews while Symantec Proxy is ranked 6th in WAN Optimization with 3 reviews. Riverbed Steelhead is rated 7.0, while Symantec Proxy is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Riverbed Steelhead writes "Scalable Data Referencing provides LAN-like speed over WAN". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Symantec Proxy writes "Stable, with good caching for better performance and web isolation". Riverbed Steelhead is most compared with WAAS, Citrix SD-WAN, Silver Peak NX, Silver Peak VX and Versa FlexVNF, whereas Symantec Proxy is most compared with F5 Traffic Management Operating System, Citrix SD-WAN, Exinda, Fortinet FortiProxy and Fortinet FortiGate SWG. See our Riverbed Steelhead vs. Symantec Proxy report.

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