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Riverbed Steelhead is the #4 ranked solution in our list of top WAN Optimization tools. It is most often compared to WAAS: Riverbed Steelhead vs WAAS

What is Riverbed Steelhead?

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.

Riverbed Steelhead is also known as RIverbed Steelhead, Steelhead.

Buyer's Guide

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Riverbed Steelhead Customers

Orasure Technologies, Energia Communications Inc., GHD, JLL, Northwest Pipe, Dudek & Associates, Lathrop & Gage, Carilion Clinic

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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about Riverbed Steelhead pricing:
  • "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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AkhileshMishra
Senior Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Reseller
Top 20
Scalable Data Referencing provides LAN-like speed over WAN

What is our primary use case?

You should buy SteelHead for WAN optimization because it delivers more. WAN optimization is the process of increasing data throughput and improving the network and application performance over the WAN. This is what Riverbed SteelHead helps with. If you face a latency issue or slow application performance, go for this solution.

Pros and Cons

  • "TCP optimization... caches a particular TCP connection and the next time a user uses that connection he will reach the destination easily."
  • "Application response time and network performance could be improved."

What other advice do I have?

I would 100 percent advise others to implement this product. When potential customers ask us why they should buy SteelHead instead of just increasing their bandwidth from 10 Mbps to 20 Mbps, we tell them that doing so does not eliminate protocol chattiness. The reason behind this is that the TCP three-way handshake will happen at 10 Mbps and at 20 Mbps as well. If you have 20 applications in your environment and your users are accessing those applications, there is a lot of protocol chattiness going on. Upgrading bandwidth will not eliminate it. If you buy SteelHead, you can eliminate the…
JO
Network Support Engineer at a government with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Easy to install, reliable, and offers responsive technical support

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for the optimization of our WAN.

Pros and Cons

  • "It is very easy to install the solution."
  • "The product should offer more integration capabilities."

What other advice do I have?

We are a customer and an end-user. We don't have a business relationship with the company itself. We are still using the CX 5070 across our sites. We have one in the system. I'd rate the solution at an eight out of ten. We've been very pleased with the solution and its capabilities over the years. I would recommend the product to others.
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Djurre Woudstra
Senior Network Engineer at a legal firm with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 10
User friendly, stable, and good exchange replication

What is our primary use case?

We use the solution to optimize traffic between our vastly geographically dispersed offices.

Pros and Cons

  • "I find the most valuable to be the compression and exchange replication."
  • "They should include a network switch in a future release."

What other advice do I have?

I would advise others to do tests and make sure they really need the product before purchasing it because it is expensive. I rateRiverbed Steelhead a seven out of ten.