Riverbed SteelCentral AppResponse Overview

Riverbed SteelCentral AppResponse is the #21 ranked solution in our list of APM tools. It is most often compared to SolarWinds NPM: Riverbed SteelCentral AppResponse vs SolarWinds NPM

What is Riverbed SteelCentral AppResponse?

AppResponse Xpert is a unique application performance management, monitoring and troubleshooting solution that approaches performance from the end-user's perspective. The solution is a Riverbed OPNET product, and gives a proactive, in-depth analytical view of any application performance issues, whether web-based or non-web based.

AppResponse Xpert is flexible, customizable and fully automated, enabling network users to focus on the bigger IT picture, giving business users maximum productivity, and providing end-users with an optimal application experience.

Riverbed SteelCentral AppResponse is also known as OPNET SteelCentral AppResponse, ACE Live, OPNET, AppResponse Xpert.

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Riverbed SteelCentral AppResponse Customers

Gartner, Swiss Post, WestLB, Turner, Samlink, RGIS, NetJets, SITA, Mobistar, Lehigh Valley Health Network, and Trafigura.

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APM Specialist at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
The application response time is user-friendly.

Pros and Cons

  • "With some APM solutions, it can take a long time to check a periodic report, but you can get all the necessary details quickly with AppResponse."
  • "They need to better integrate with products and solutions from different vendors."

What other advice do I have?

The implementation is very easy. Business application and server logic can show the root cause of issues and provide service assurance through end-to-end business relations. Every service assurance and monitoring team should try the product. It can probably improve your internal business relationships.
IT Admin at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Easy interfacing with Wireshark or Riverbed Transaction Analyzer to view detailed packet data.

Pros and Cons

  • "Ability to see end to end user, application, server, and network response time and throughput data."
  • "Need to bring back the NetFlow module for AppResponse."

What other advice do I have?

Creating a functional network map before implementation will insure you are getting the correct view of you network and applications.
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BDE Cloud Services with 51-200 employees
AppResponse Xpert is a great solution for whoever is looking to for infrastructure troubleshooter.

What other advice do I have?

It's a great solution and we think it could be used in many different ways.
BDE Cloud Services with 51-200 employees
It's not able to monitor SAP transactions but it is a complete solution portfolio for monitoring and solving issues.

What is most valuable?

End-user experience monitoring for web and non-web applications at the user transaction level.

How has it helped my organization?

Simply moving the focus from the IT infrastructure components to the end user with the result that it drastically reduces the time spent on troubleshooting performance issue.

What needs improvement?

It's not able to monitor SAP transactions.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for two years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Absolutely not and it's easy and fast. Within a few minutes you can see what you didn't see before.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No, we haven't gotten any problems so far.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

User with 51-200 employees
Excellent for strategic metrics and as a troubleshooting/analysis tool, but needs better integration with AppInternals Xpert

Valuable Features:

Appliance passively monitors network traffic. Ability to group transactions, great charts and correlation capabilities. Excellent for strategic metrics and as a troubleshooting/analysis tool. Thresholds and trap generation. Excellent protocol analytics out-of-the-box. Traffic capture warehouse. Good integration with AppTransaction Xpert (transaction analysis like wireshark) and Wireshark. Publishes reports. Some data accessible though API - can be integrated with existing management systems.

Use of Solution:

I began using ARX in 2008. I use it frequently as an APM analytic tool.

Stability Issues:

I've found these appliances to be very stable

Scalability Issues:

Although the Director provides some centralized…
Consultant with 1,001-5,000 employees
Efficient network troubleshooting and application performance solution
Senior Network Planner at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Great trouble shooting tool. Isolation of problem points is key.
I have used AppResponse Xpert for several years. It's a great trouble shooting tool. Isolation of problem point(s) is key. Use it for initial high level capacity planning exercise and input to models for detail or discrete performance and capacity metrics.
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
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Perfect for seeing the impact of SOA and complex applications

What other advice do I have?

Use Cases: SOA brings a whole new meaning to the word distributed processing. Finding where work is really happening when an application is using SOA concepts is a challenge. In some cases, multiple traces are required as each trace reveals other servers and services that are engaged that were unknown to the original calling program of the SOA service. These are buried within the process of calling the first SOA service.
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