ThinkPiece: Cloud Field Day: Can an old dog, learn new tricks?

At Cloud Field Day Michelle Laverick saw some encouraging sign from established companies adapting to the reality of the cloud. NetApp, Oracle, and Veritas all showed that despite being incumbent companies, they have identified how to be competitive against newer cloud-focused startups. This often involved spinning up entirely new teams that can operate with agility. Not every company was convincing in their cloud play, but Michelle was definitely impressed to see older companies making moves to stay competitive with the cloud giants.

Riverbed extends into the cloud

The cloud provides challenges for applications, as different tiers may be running in part on infrastructure an organization doesn’t own. Tim Crawford got a look at Riverbed’s portfolio of products to help address these problems at Cloud Field Day earlier this month. While not the most clear cloud story, Tim is encouraged that Riverbed keeps end-user experience, rather than simply network performance, as their primary focus.

Cloud Field Day 3; Day 2 – That One Thing….

Day two of Cloud Field Day was the busiest of the event. Delegates were treated to see Droplet Computing come out of stealth, followed by presentations from Rubrik, Riverbed, and NetApp. In this post, Chris Porter runs down what he saw from each, and what stood out in each presentation.

Cloud Field Day 3 Preview: Riverbed

Chris Evans previews another of the Cloud Field Day presenters, this time focusing on Riverbed. For Chris, he’s looking forward to learning more about the company, which he generally associates them with their WAN optimization portfolio. Seeing how they are extending into the cloud should make for an interesting presentation.

CFD3 Prep Post: Riverbed

Justin Warren continues his preview posts for the upcoming presenters at Cloud Field Day, turning now toward Riverbed. He reviews how the company has grown from one focused on WAN optimization solutions, to SD-WAN and acquiring Xirrus. He’s looking forward to hearing their cloud story, including how they can extend their unified network fabric as an extension of their SD-WAN implementation.

Still Backhauling All Internet-Bound Traffic To Your Data Center?

Many organizations depend on a hub-and-spoke model for performing enterprise-grade traffic inspections, but in this post James Green illustrates why this can prove insufficient for cloud first branch networks. He then highlights how a recent partnership between Riverbed and Zscaler allows for better overall WAN management and branch security. James originally saw this at Riverbed’s Tech Field Day presentation.

Simplify Remote Offices

At Tech Field Day last year, Mark May heard from Riverbed about their SteelFusion appliance. This combines a remote appliance with an appliance in a datacenter to accelerate access to centralized data. For Mark, this simplifies a lot of remote office IT, by providing local performance at the remote site but while keeping all the advantages of centralizing management and data.

Riverbed Steel Fusion: A New Approach to Remote Office Infrastructure

Remote and edge sites are exploding in the enterprise. But as organizations span across countries and legal jurisdictions, managing and securing data can become onerous. In this piece, Paul Woodward takes a look at Riverbed’s Steel Fusion solution, something he saw at Networking Field Day last year. This offers administrators simplified automated deployments, centralized management, and helps organizations prepare for issues that might otherwise be overlooked when planning a remote location.

Tech Field Day 15 @Riverbed (#TFD15) (with images, tweets)

Michael Sheehan put together a Storify page around Riverbed’s presentation at Tech Field Day earlier this year. This gathers together the best tweets, pictures and posts from the event, displayed in a chronological timeline. Make sure to watch full video of their presentation a follow along!

How to quickly deploy Riverbed’s Xirrus wireless solution

Brandon Carroll reviews how to get up and running quickly with Riverbed’s Xirrus solution. This is a cloud-based wireless system, which impressed Brandon with its overall ease of use. He walks through creating a network, as well as adding and configuring access points.

Riverbed’s Xirrus offers more than just connectivity

Matt Crape got to hear from Riverbed at Tech Field Day last month, where they demonstrated how they are integrating their Xirrus assets post acquisition. Matt found their approach to secure wireless deployment makes them stand out in a crowded market.

Taking Complexity Out of the Distributed Enterprise—Tech Field Day 15

Michael Sheehan shares his thoughts on Riverbed’s presentation from Tech Field Day last month. The talk centered around the companies solutions for the business edge, which is where they see IT shifting. They demonstrated how their SteelFusion edge solution can deliver a “cloud-like” experience for deploying and managing on the edge, providing simplicity while still being centrally managed by a data center.

Riverbed Tech Field Day 15 Recap

In his video recaps of last month’s Tech Field Day, Keith Townsend looks at what Riverbed presented. He came away impressed by their solution to project VMs to remote sites.

Meeting of the Tech Minds – Tech Field Day at Riverbed

Michael Sheehan of Riverbed gives a preview of their Tech Field Day presentation. They focused on how their SteelFusion and SteelConnection solutions can help centrally manage the modern distributed enterprise without losing any business agility. They particularly focused on applications for edge locations. Make sure to watch their full video coverage for a technical deep dive.

PQ Show 106: Whitebox, SD-WAN & More – An NFD14 Wrapup

It’s a Networking Field Day delegate super show on the latest episode of the PQ Show podcast! Greg Ferro, Drew Conry-Murray, Eyvonne Sharp, and Kevin Myers all give their impressions from Networking Field Day from January. SD-WAN, Whitebox networking, analytics, and orchestration are all on the table. Give it a listen and check out our video coverage for more details.

SD-WAN Series Part 2: Riverbed SteelConnect

Eyvonne Sharp posted a second video in a series on SD-WAN. This time, she goes into her thoughts on Riverbed’s SteelConnect. She sees this as an elegant implementation, integrating the SD-WAN assets from Ocedo into their existing WAN optimization portfolio. Eyvonne was also really impressed by their policy configuration tools, which have simple on-off switches and allow for easy rollback. It’s a great look at the product, and we can’t wait to see more in the series!

Introduction to SD-WAN

So you’ve heard about SD-WAN, but you still have some questions? Eyvonne Sharp made a video just for you. In this introduction, she lays out what the requirements of a complete SD-WAN solution are. Once you’ve got the fundamentals down, she includes links to some specific company implementations from Networking Field Day!

Riverbed SD-WAN – The Simplicity  of Automation in SDN

Do network engineers need to be programmers too? Greg Ferro thinks this doesn’t always need to be the case, especially with SD-WAN solutions like he saw from Riverbed at Networking Field Day. They demoed the ability to push security rule across the entire WAN with a few simple steps, making it far easier for engineers to actually manage their networks. It’s a really great insight into the exciting implications SD-WAN and Riverbed can have on the entire IT networking space.

Simplify SD-WAN with Riverbed

At Networking Field Day last week, Rich Stroffolino came away impressed with Riverbed. Their SD-WAN solution is based around making things as simple as possible. They showed in real time how to get an SD-WAN site online with just a few simple clicks and an IP address. All of this is while still providing comprehensive policy based tools to make it easy to give specific apps, users and locations the correct priority. Their guiding principle is that a network exists to move a packet from one place to another, how it’s managed should be as simple as possible. As Riverbed said in their presentation, “you can either make the sausage or enjoy the sausage.”

Sorting Through SD-WAN

The SD-WAN landscape can be a little tough to navigate. While the basic idea is easy enough to understand, every company out there seems to have their own implementation and market focus. Tom Hollingsworth thinks the moment of SD-WAN maturity is finally upon us. If anything, Tom thinks there might not be any more room for differentiation for new companies. Overall though, the space is really exciting, as it can only get easier to deploy and extend. 2017 may indeed be the year of SD-WAN!