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Riverbed Looks to Demystify WAN Traffic

For all the sophisticated networking gear out there, the innumerable applications and protocols running on WANs can make the contents something of a black box.

Riverbed thinks it's got an answer. With the release of its Cascade 8.4 product, the firm looks to make the job easier for network managers. Enterprise Networking Planet hears from the company about how the latest version of Cascade works, and what it can do for you.

What's running on your network?

It may seem like a simple question, but it's not always an easy one to answer for large networks running dozens of applications and myriad protocols. Where it gets particularly challenging is for networks running WAN optimization gear that wants to peek into the packet stream. It's a challenge that WAN optimization vendor Riverbed (NASDAQ: RVBD) is meeting with the new release of its Cascade 8.4 application visibility and monitoring solution.

With the Cascade 8.4 release, Riverbed is integrating application visibility technology with its Steelhead WAN optimization appliances to provide overall network optimization. The Cascade technology was originally acquired by Riverbed as part of its acquisition of Mazu Networks in 2009, for $25 million. Rival WAN acceleration vendor Blue Coat made a similar technology acquisition with Packeteer, adding WAN visibility to its mix.

Now that it has Cascade 8.4 in place, Riverbed's network administrator customers will now be able to accurately identify if application acceleration is actually being experienced by their users -- a level beyond Mazu's previous capabilities.

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Riverbed Expands WAN Optimization Visibility