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

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"The content that we are getting is very good. Content caching is also supported.""It's a stable solution.""The solution is scalable.""It is easy to use, and it is stable and scalable. You don't need a large team for deployment and maintenance.""The most valuable feature is the caching."

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"They should include a network switch in a future release.""The product should offer more integration capabilities.""Application response time and network performance could be improved."

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"There are performance issues with all of the proxies.""The solution could improve by having better documentation.""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.""The user interface could be improved, and the price could be lower as well.""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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"It's expensive. Clients often go to other products.""The price is too expensive compared with that of another solution.""Licensing is based on a subscription.""In terms of cost, it is expensive. Its pricing has been a challenge for us since its acquisition by Broadcom."

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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: It is very easy to install the solution.
Top Answer: We would like the solution to be less expensive. If the solution was more secure, that would be ideal. The product should offer more integration capabilities.
Top Answer: It is easy to use, and it is stable and scalable. You don't need a large team for deployment and maintenance.
Top Answer: The price is too expensive compared with that of another solution. We have a three-year licence.
Top Answer: The user interface could be improved, and the price could be lower as well.
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Also Known As
RIverbed Steelhead
Blue Coat Encrypted Traffic Management, ProxySG Appliance
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Riverbed SteelHead CX is the industry's #1 WAN optimization solution. SteelHead CX is proven to dramatically speed up the performance of applications anywhere in the organization while delivering the best end-user experience even under sub optimal network conditions. Reduce bandwidth utilization by up to 95%, deferring costly network bandwidth upgrades. Increase performance by up to 100x for on-premises applications.

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
ElAraby, SFK Leblanc, Bobst Group, Northwest Pipe Company, Halkbank, Tradebridge, EFG Hermes
Top Industries
Energy/Utilities Company21%
Construction Company7%
Media Company7%
Comms Service Provider26%
Computer Software Company26%
Financial Services Firm8%
Manufacturing Company5%
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider22%
Financial Services Firm14%
Company Size
Small Business13%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise63%
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Find out what your peers are saying about Steelhead vs. Symantec Proxy and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Steelhead is ranked 4th in WAN Optimization with 3 reviews while Symantec Proxy is ranked 5th in WAN Optimization with 5 reviews. Steelhead is rated 7.6, while Symantec Proxy is rated 7.2. The top reviewer of 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". Steelhead is most compared with WAAS, Citrix SD-WAN, Silver Peak VX, Silver Peak NX and Peplink SpeedFusion, whereas Symantec Proxy is most compared with Fortinet FortiProxy, Cisco Umbrella, Exinda and Citrix SD-WAN. See our Steelhead vs. Symantec Proxy report.

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