Riverbed SteelConnect Overview

Riverbed SteelConnect is the #12 ranked solution in our list of SD-WAN tools. It is most often compared to Cisco SD-WAN: Riverbed SteelConnect vs Cisco SD-WAN

What is Riverbed SteelConnect?

Riverbed SteelConnect is the cornerstone of Riverbed’s strategy for next-generation, application-defined enterprise networking. SteelConnect is a complete SD-WAN system for securely connecting users and the business to the applications they need, wherever they reside—on a remote LAN, in a data center, or in the cloud.

SteelConnect offers several differentiators—ubiquitous and unified connectivity across LAN, WAN and the Cloud; business aligned orchestration for fast, agile, and secure application delivery; and unique cloud-centric workflow, easy menu-driven network design of sites, zones, uplinks, and rules, and centralized, business intent-based policy management—all within a simple graphical user interface—for ease of use and greater business agility.

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Riverbed SteelConnect Customers

SimplePay, GHD, OpenEye Scientific

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Riverbed SteelConnect Reviews

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Senior Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Top 10
May 17, 2020
Analytics feature is very granular and comprehensive, although complicated to use

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case was to link about a hundred sites globally for a large company. The idea was essentially for cost-saving. They've got a large MPLS network with different providers with MPLS links and the idea was that in the first phase we would remove one of the MPLS links and then create a sort of centralized overlay that they could then have additional services to the remote sites and also give them a level of visibility globally across all their sites around the world. The orchestrator was in the cloud but other parts like the hub site and data centers were obviously on-site and… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "The analytics is the most valuable feature because it was very granular and very comprehensive, although a little complicated to use. If you're really interested in knowing what's happening on your network, it's a very good solution. That was the .NET Profiler part of the solution."
  • "The routing scalability needs improvement. We have run into a lot of limitations and also primarily from a routine perspective, things like RSPs line support. It was supportive but not really supportive."

What other advice do I have?

It's like an SD-WAN project basically. You really need to make sure that the product matches the needs of what the customer's trying to achieve and their overall strategy to meet their core business requirements. I think a certain customer made a mistake in choosing this solution because a large part of their network was Cisco and they had firewalls that were from Fortinet. I think they would have been better off and it would have been better from a CAPEX, OPEX point of view. It would've been more advantageous for them to have maybe chosen a Cisco or Fortinet solution based on their existing…