Riverbed SD-WAN Delivers Enhanced Cloud Connectivity and Integrated Xirrus Wi-Fi

It now supports AWS Direct Connect and Azure ExpressRoute, delivering more options for customers to securely connect to their cloud resources

Riverbed Technology announced major updates to its SD-WAN and cloud networking solution, SteelConnect, the first and only SD-WAN solution that provides unified connectivity and policy-based orchestration spanning the entire distributed network fabric – hybrid WAN, branch LAN/WLAN, data centers, and the cloud.

With the latest upgrades to SteelConnect, Riverbed is expanding the power of one-click connectivity and optimization into AWS and Microsoft Azure with added support for AWS Direct Connect and Azure ExpressRoute.

Riverbed is also introducing seamless integration between SteelConnect and Riverbed Xirrus Wi-Fi with zero-touch provisioning of Riverbed Xirrus access points, and is providing new deployment flexibility with the addition of LTE wireless options for SteelConnect SD-WAN gateways.

Enterprises are striving to adopt more cloud-based applications and services in order to accelerate digital transformation, increase business agility and reduce costs. However, the resulting hybrid IT landscape often increases operational complexity and introduces new risk to security breach across the network. According to a recent ESG survey, 91 percent of companies surveyed agree that incorporating cloud-based applications into their portfolio of corporate applications has increased the complexity associated with managing remote and branch offices (ROBOs).

The pervasive use of mobile devices and the rise of IoT further challenges IT’s ability to secure and manage network access with an exponential increase in the number of devices and end-points at the network edge.

To address these challenges, Riverbed SteelConnect helps businesses transform their approach to networking, with a new software-defined and cloud-centric approach that yields dramatic gains in agility, efficiency and flexibility so that businesses can reach their cloud and digital goals faster.

Riverbed SteelConnect has gained significant momentum over the last couple years, with hundreds of enterprise customers across all industries benefitting from an innovative and more comprehensive approach to software-defined networking.

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