WAN Optimizer: Riverbed Steel Head CX

Today I am going to talk about the WAN Optimiser in which i will take the OEM Riverbed and their product Steel Head CX. Let's talk about the Steel Head CX in details.

Steel Head CX brings sophisticated optimization to hybrid networks. Steel Head software program promises accelerated performance throughout the complete community - as though the packages were acting regionally. while many commercial enterprise-essential programs are transferring to public clouds for SaaS, others, for compliance motives, remain on premise in company statistics centers or on non-public clouds. Steel Head CX is to be had in an expansion of shape elements/models, consisting of appliances, digital software, and cloud times.


"Optimisation solution that accelerates the transfer of data and applications over your hybrid network"



With SteelHead CX you get:
  • Subscription-based cloud solution that accelerates 90% of major cloud providers and has been certified for Microsoft Azure, and VMware vCloud Air
  • Multiple hybrid network optimization techniques, including data center consolidation, data reduction and application streamlining
  • Support for up to 1 million connections through an intelligent and scale-as-you-grow performance architecture
  • IT control with quality of service (QoS), path selection and secure transport features
  • Increased visibility with end-user monitoring for all optimized traffic on premise - now including optimized web and SaaS applications
  • Dynamic selection of the best application path based on network availability
  • Streamlined QoS configuration with per-site exceptions as needed, using centralized, business intent-based policies and application grouping
Fig 1.1 WAN Optimizer: Riverbed Steel Head CX-NB
Fig 1.1 WAN Optimizer: Riverbed Steel Head CX-NB


SteelHead CX:
  • Delivers application acceleration in every type of cloud environment, including the majority of public cloud environments with support for Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure (certified), and VMware ESX-based clouds and vCloud Air (certified)
  • Ensures the best performance for the largest number of applications on premise, in the cloud and SaaS
  • Increases application and data transfer performance up to 100x
  • Reduces bandwidth utilization by up to 99%, thus deferring costly network bandwidth upgrades
  • Secures all traffic between SteelHead solutions across private and Internet links with standards-based encryption
  • Increases throughput and the number of connections in a single box by up to 50%
  • Accelerates both replication and backup from the branch — or between data centers — by 10x or more
  • Eliminates the need for additional bandwidth or longer backup windows

Key Benefits

Increase performance up to 100x
  • Determine the optimal path for each application to speed delivery across the WAN and other networks
  • Reduce response times to make deploying virtual servers, desktops, and applications faster and easier than ever
Reduce costs and improve productivity
  • Reduce bandwidth utilization by up to 60-95%, thus deferring costly network bandwidth upgrades
  • Support up to one million connections
  • Increase throughput and number of connections in a single box by up to 50%
  • Balance traffic across private and public links
Gain visibility and control
  • Deploy in minutes without changes to applications, users, routers, or other IT infrastructure
  • Automatically discover and report on applications in use across your organization
  • Perform ongoing management through the powerful web-based and command line interfaces, including in-depth reporting and NetFlow exporting
  • Improve data protection efforts with a faster WAN. Eliminate your remote backup infrastructure and improve replication up to 10 times and more, while reducing the cost and complexity of your WAN infrastructure

SteelHead CX appliance Features

Multi-tiered optimization
  • Includes the Riverbed Optimization System (RiOS), which delivers LAN-like performance across the WAN
  • Accelerates all TCP applications to increase performance up to 100x
  • Combines data reduction, as well as TCP, UDP, and application-level protocol optimization across the WAN for an unparalleled multi-tiered optimization strategy
Support for large-scale deployments
  • Supports up to one million connections through an intelligent and scale-as-you-grow performance architecture
  • Improves ROI with up to 50% more connections and throughput from a single appliance
Faster, more cost-effective disaster recovery
  • Accelerates both replication and backup from the branch — or between data centers — by 10x or more
  • Eliminates the need for additional bandwidth or longer backup windows
Industry-leading performance
  • Features the highest-capacity all SSD-based WAN optimization controller
  • Includes a full range of SSD-based appliances ideal for large branch offices and data centers
Built-in visibility and packet capture
  • Turns on the embedded Cascade Shark to
 gather packet and flow data from the branch — with no additional instrumentation required
  • Provides remote-site troubleshooting and application-level visibility without affecting core WAN optimization — at no additional cost
Riverbed SteelHead CX Models and specifications:-

Branch Office and Mid-size Offices:-

Fig 1.2 WAN Optimizer: Riverbed Steel Head CX-NB
Fig 1.2 WAN Optimizer: Riverbed Steel Head CX-NB


Large and Data-center Offices:-
Fig 1.3 WAN Optimizer: Riverbed Steel Head CX-NB
Fig 1.3 WAN Optimizer: Riverbed Steel Head CX-NB


Will discuss every model later on.