Riverbed Accelerated Video, VDI and UDP in RiOS 7
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The new RiOS 7 release comes as Riverbed continues to build out a broader portfolio of network optimization and visibility solutions beyond just the RiOS powered Steelhead WAN optimization appliances. Riverbed's Cascade division is the lead sponsor of the open source Wireshark network analysis tool. With RiOS 7, Wireshark integration gets even tighter.
"We've integrated the packet capture and analysis functionality from our Cascade line of network performance monitoring products directly onto a Steelhead appliance," Naveen Prabhu, senior product marketing manager at Riverbed told InternetNews.com. "What this means is that Steelhead appliances now have onboard capture and analysis capabilities and this is fully integrated with Wireshark."
The new RiOS release also improves video delivery capabilities with stream splitting technology. Parbhu explained that when an enterprise has, for example, a hundred users all logging into the same live video event it's not efficient to have 100 separate streams coming across the WAN.
"What stream splitting does is the Steelhead appliance pulls the original live video stream and then serves the hundred requests locally, essentially splitting the original stream," Prabhu said. "So you're not stressing your WAN infrastructure and consuming more bandwidth than is absolutely necessary."
While most enterprise WAN traffic goes over TCP, there is an increasing volume that is now moving over the UDP protocol, as well. Because of this, RiOS 7 now includes optimization capabilities for UDP.