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WAN Automation–Not Just Another New Release, but a Game Changer - http://blogs.cisco.com/sp/wan-automation-not-just-another-new-release-but-a-game-changerCisco WAN Automation Engine (WAE) is enabling real-time network planning and the latest release, WAE 7.0 is now available.

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Windows 10 Migration—the Role of End User Experience Monitoring: Part 3 - https://www.riverbed.com/blogs/win10-migration-the-role-of-end-user-experience-monitoring-part-3.htmlWith 400 million Windows 10 devices already running, Microsoft is well on the way to the goal of 1 billion. The benefits of Windows 10 are clear—a return to the user interface familiar to Windows 7 users, improved security, and an approach to providing seamless user experience across tablets, PCs, and large display screens.
Despite these benefits, many companies are still running Windows 7, as discussed in this ZDNet article. Why? Part of the reason is that Windows 7 is supported until 2020, so there is plenty of time to migrate. Part of the reason is that IT change is inherently risky. IT change can impact customers, the workforce, and business results.
To mitigate that risk, enterprises can benefit from a systematic approach to change, such as the Plan-Do-Check-Act methodology of the Deming Cycle. The first post of this series covered how to use SteelCentral Aternity End User Experience Monitoring in planning for Windows 10 migration. The second post addressed key steps of the “Do” phase—monitoring the performance of devices and apps as you begin your Windows 10 migration. This post addresses the “Check” phase—how to ensure that your initial Windows 10 upgrade has a positive impact on user experience, before committing to wider scale deployment.
3 ways to check the impact of Windows 10 migration on user experience
Now is the time to perfect your process of validating the impact of IT changes on your workforce. For Windows, this is the last full upgrade cycle. After this, Microsoft plans smaller, more frequent updates to Windows OS. So, the three techniques discussed here will come in handy on a regular basis, not only for Windows OS changes, but for any kind of IT change.
1. Compare user experience before and after a change
Aternity enables you to compare the performance of multiple applications before and after you make changes that can have a widespread impact. Watch the short video below to see how you can compare user experience, app performance, and device health between devices running Windows 10 and those running earlier OS’s.
 
Aternity provides other methods to validate the impact of IT change on user experience. Changes could be limited to a single location, such as changing firewall or router settings, or larger changes such as data center consolidations.
2. Verify your apps meet business expectations for performance
Business executives don’t measure app performance in terms of technical parameters such as server up-time, latency, or errors. They measure the impact of IT in terms of whether or not employees can do their jobs. What counts is what the end user experiences as they use applications in the context of a business workflow. Aternity calls this Business Activity Analytics, and this capability helps you verify that your applications continue to meet expectations for performance after you upgrade to Windows 10.
The Monitor SLA dashboard tells you when application performance is slower than the service level agreement (SLA) thresholds you’ve negotiated with the business. The dashboard enables you to 1) identify normal app performance for groups of users; 2) set SLAs for key business activities based on customer expectations; 3) compare each instance of every user’s execution of these activities to the SLA; and 4) display SLA compliance by department, geography, or device type.

To learn more about establishing SLAs based on business processes, see the short video here.
3. Drill down into the performance of any individual application
Before deploying Windows 10 throughout the organization, application owners should compare the performance of their app on various operating systems in order to validate the impact of change. Aternity uses two different metrics for assessing application performance and analyzing trends over time.
The first metric is User Experience Index (UXI) (1), a value between 0 and 5, which measures the overall performance and health of an application, based on the number of crashes per hour, the percentage of hang time, and the percentage wait time of out the total usage time. For web applications, it also uses the percentage of web page errors out of all page loads, and the average page load time. Aternity automatically calculates UXI for every application in the enterprise with no configuration required.

For applications with business activities defined, the Activity Score (2) is the second metric. The activity score is a color-coded value between zero and 100 calculated with a formula based on Apdex. The Activity score aggregates the performance of business activity response time relative to performance targets. Since Aternity provides business activities out of the box for the most important Microsoft Productivity Suite applications, you get the Activity Score for these apps with absolutely no configuration required. Of course, further investigation can be done with SteelCentral AppInternals, which provides deep-dive analysis and troubleshooting of the application, down to the line of code.
SteelCentral Aternity—end user experience monitoring for troubleshooting and validating change for Windows, Office, and Surface tablets
Upgrading to Windows 10, migration to Microsoft Office 2016 and Office 365, and the increased usage of Surface tablets require IT to have visibility into End User Experience to ensure these initiatives deliver the expected gains in workforce productivity. SteelCentral Aternity delivers faster insight into the actionable information that enables IT teams and the business to keep up. Aternity adds value to the device and infrastructure monitoring capabilities of Microsoft System Center Operations Manager by automatically monitoring and correlating together the three streams of data that constitute true user experience—user productivity, device health and performance, and application performance, including out of the box business activities for the most important Microsoft Productivity Suite applications. Watch this short video to see SteelCentral Aternity in action, and learn more about Riverbed’s solutions for Windows 10. Watch the 30 minute on-demand webinar or download the free 15 step Windows 10 Migration Guide to see how SteelCentral Aternity can help you ensure a successful Windows 10 Migration. 
The last post in the series will cover how Aternity can be used in the “Act” phase of the Deming cycle. Stay tuned! And in the meantime, to start your free trial of Aternity, register here.


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Alternative Fax - https://www.riverbed.com/blogs/alternative-fax.htmlAlternative facts, are we underestimating the number of fax machines still in production?

There was a time when fax machines ruled the world, well maybe not ruled the world but they were definitely the primary means to “swiftly” transport important documents between locations. Hollywood even found a way to work fax machines into the movies. Remember the unforgettable scene at the end of The Usual Suspects where Verbal walks down the street to his getaway car, unfortunately the fax comes in from the hospital just a little too late and he gets away. Where faxing and its limited speed may have failed to help catch Keyser Söze, the current Riverbed cloud solutions portfolio has the ability to accelerate applications at lightning fast speeds, avoiding slow application delivery miscues.
Just the facts ma’am, not the fax.
Let’s take a look at just the facts. Since 2004, Riverbed has been, and continues to be the leader in delivering industry-leading solutions that make application delivery as streamlined as possible. What started with WAN optimization has grown to be an application performance portfolio providing customers with optimization, monitoring, hyper-convergence and just recently an SD-WAN solution. All these solutions combine to provide the best application acceleration and visibility offerings in the marketplace today.
It’s 2017 and Riverbed is ready to rock n roll the cloud taking center stage with application acceleration solution packages ready to deploy in AWS and Azure:

Get ready to rock!
SteelConnect: Cloud-enabled branch connectivity with a single click.  This is the hottest application defined SD-WAN solution available, period.
SteelHead: Cloud-enabled WAN optimization. The industry’s #1 optimization solution to accelerate application delivery across a hybrid/cloud WAN, there is no better WAN-op.
SteelFusion: Cloud-enabled Software-Defined Edge solution. Designed to deliver a hyper-converged, hands-off, zero-branch IT environment, there’s nothing else like it.
SteelCentral: Cloud-enabled, end-to-end monitoring solution. Engineered to get you detailed insight on what your cloud apps are doing and how your cloud packets are flowing, see what you’ve been missing.
With cloud-ready Riverbed solutions, you’ll be safe from the likes of Keyser Söze, your cloud transition will be smooth and you will be working with the most advanced cloud-ready technology in the industry. Riverbed, here to accelerate your applications and make your ongoing journey into the cloud fast, secure and efficient. We are ready when you are!
About those fax machines.
Crazy but true, the fax machine is still in use. Granted, not like in the faxing heyday though. Underestimated, well maybe. I don’t have the ‘complete’ information on current fax machine usage so I won’t get too overly dramatic over it. For you fax history buffs check out:  https://jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/content/faxed
For more information on what we are doing at Riverbed to rock the cloud visit us at www.riverbed.com
Cloud-Ready and Rock Steady, Riverbed.


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New SteelCentral AppResponse 11 Provides Virtual Network Visibility and Integration with NetProfiler - https://www.riverbed.com/blogs/new-steelcentral-appresponse-11-provides-virtual-network-visibility-and-integration-with-netprofiler.htmlSteelCentral AppResponse 11, powerful, flexible network and application analytics and workflows which speeds problem diagnosis and resolution, was originally introduced to the market in November 2016. It combines network forensics from SteelCentral NetShark with historical network analysis, application analytics and end-user experience monitoring from SteelCentral AppResponse 9 in a single solution that was redesigned from the ground up so you have everything you need at your fingertips to identify and resolve network and application performance issues quickly and easily. 
In addition to providing that broad set of capabilities in one box, the thing that sets SteelCentral AppResponse 11 apart from its competitors it that it’s designed for troubleshooting. It captures and stores all packets with 1-second index resolution and microsecond granularity. No sampling so that the data is always there when you need it.
With AppResponse 11, the engineering team has adopted a quasi-Agile approach to development, coming out with new releases every three months or so. The team released SteelCentral AppResponse 11 and SteelCentral Packet Analyzer Plus, versions 11.0.1 in mid-January. It is available now for upgrade for all existing NetShark xx70 customers on active maintenance on the Riverbed support site.
NetShark, Cascade Sensor, and AppResponse customers not on the latest hardware can trade up to SteelCentral AppResponse 11 and gain advanced processing and anlytics to resolve network and application problems even faster and keep their businesses humming. Find out about our very attractive trade up offers!
With this release, AppResponse 11 can now send flow data to SteelCentral NetProfiler, SteelCentral NetExpress or SteelCentral Flow Gateway. Naturally, any data sent from an AppResponse 11 can be accessed via the click-to-packet feature from NetProfiler reports. As a result of this feature, NetProfiler users can auto-recognize more than 1300 applications and they have some of the fastest troubleshooting available, allowing them to go from high-level dashboard views to packets (I.e. answers) in just a few clicks. In addition, AppResponse 11 can synchronize with NetProfiler application definitions.
Being able to monitor virtual network performance and seamlessly integrate it into your physical network environment is critical for a complete network visibility. SteelCentral AppResponse now offers four virtual models, ranging from a 100GB version, a 2TB to an 8TB version. We also offer the Virtual Flow model for those folks who are less interested in packet capture and more interested in high-speed flow-export to SteelCentral NetProfiler. All versions are currently available on VMware ESXi 5.5 and 6.0. Full details are in the chart below:

Finally, we’ve added support for precision time stamps and pre-sliced packet length analysis from the following network packet brokers: Arista, cPacket, Gigamon, and IXIA/Anue. Network Packet Brokers passively direct out-of-band network packets and flow data from multiple access points—SPAN, TAPs, Virtual TAPs to SteelCentral AppResponse 11 for analysis. Traffic is aggregated from all needed access points in the network and the packets deduplicated to provide comprehensive visibility.
Not a current NetShark or AppResponse user and want to give it a try? Download your free 30-day trial of SteelCentral AppResponse 11 with SteelCentral Packet Analyzer Plus for free now.


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Twice Hawaiian Punch - https://www.riverbed.com/blogs/twice-hawaiian-punch.htmlThe ability to keep remote office, branch office (ROBO) operations running smoothly is probably a critical part of maintaining your successful business operations. ROBO outages disrupt those smooth operations and can be very costly. What is the financial impact of severed connectivity or failed technology at your ROBOs? Maybe in the thousands per minute, perhaps even in the millions per hour.
How about those ROBO manual crash kits? My past includes managing several IT environments where we had manual processes in place for technology outages. More times than I can count on my hand I can tell you that the ROBO crash kits never came out, the ROBOs closed down until technology at the branch was fully operational again. The days of manual ‘crash kits’ for remote sites to continue business operations when technology fails seems to have the relevance of using token ring networking in modern day infrastructures.
We all have backup though, right? Even with sound backup practices, business continuity strategies and disaster recovery procedures in place, your exposure to prolonged ROBO downtime and potential data loss is very possible.
When dealing with your ROBO operations, don’t feel like you are the only one stranded on an isolated tropical Island in regards to minimizing losses due to technology outages. The potential for loss at the ROBO is an industry-wide issue that until recently has been addressed by implementing expensive and redundant internet connections combined with costly and administrative intensive hardware and software products.
Several questions to ask yourself:
What is the potential loss-factor associated with technology downtime at your branch locations?
What is the downtime threshold that would cause an emergency board meeting?
When was the last time you tested and evaluated your Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO)?
What if you had an easy to deploy solution that could provide you with a branch office to data center redundant architecture that included the ability to recover in a fraction of your current RTO and have an almost instantaneous RPO?

Welcome to a beautiful sunrise!
Riverbed SteelFusion is the first and only hyper-converged infrastructure purpose-built for the efficient management of ROBOs. SteelFusion combines storage delivery, server virtualization and industry-leading hybrid WAN optimization technologies into one, eliminating the need for physical servers, storage and backup infrastructure at ROBO locations. Only SteelFusion can centrally protect 100% of a company’s data in the secure data center, while still delivering the application performance required by remote workers to get business done. SteelFusion also delivers the unique ability to instantly provision new services, and entirely new branches, as well as the ability to recover from remote outages, all from the central data center. All of this ultimately leads to dramatic increases in data security, business continuity, agility and operational efficiency.
To learn more, Riverbed, Hyper-converged Edge.

The waves come a crashing
When the unforeseen happens, with SteelFusion you will be able to restore your branch operations wikiwiki. SteelFusion has the built in resiliency to recover from data center outages as well as disasters at ROBO locations.
The following video demonstrates how branch operations can continue as normal when failing over from a SteelFusion Core at one data center to another geographically diverse data center as well as how quick and easy it is to recreate a branch environment SteelFusion Edge at an entirely different geographic location.
How about a twice Hawaiian Punch
 
For more information on SteelFusion and disaster recovery please see my colleague's shaka (excellent) blog.

A day at the beach with friends
SteelFusion and hoaalohas (friends) gives you a reason to celebrate. With all the Riverbed solutions attending it’s bound to be one heck of a luau.
SteelHead: The premier destination for WAN optimization, reduce your network traffic by up to 97%. When SteelFusion and SteelHead work in tandem, the end users have an amazing experience and your WAN has abundant waves available for digital surfing.
SteelCentral: Gain visibility into all your application and networking traffic including the end user experience.  Think of it as digital snorkeling for humuhumunukunukuapuaa.
SteelConnect: Easily connect your ROBOS and data centers together with the industry leading SD-WAN solution no matter what island you are on.
SteelFusion is built to withstand a one-two punch and keep on delivering data to your ROBO at incredible speeds. Volcanoes and tropical storms, we’ve got you covered. So kick back Hawaiian style, and enjoy a beautiful trip on the SteelFusion highway. At Riverbed we like things fast, sometimes though, it’s nice just to hang loose.
SteelFusion, a ‘Wickid’ ROBO Solution
 
*Photos credit: Olivia Varga, 2017



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Riverbed & SAP: Certified! - https://www.riverbed.com/blogs/rvbd-sap-certified.htmlTrees are the biggest plants on the planet— they give us oxygen, store carbon, stabilize the soil, and give life to the world's wildlife. When we hear the word “sap” we think of that sticky fluid contained in these trees—the mechanism used to transport water and nutrients throughout the plant. Well, there is another kind of sap, capitalized and not read as an acronym. SAP (Systemanalyse und Programmentwicklung) is a German multinational software corporation that makes enterprise software to manage business operations and customer relations. Together with Riverbed, SAP applications will have LAN-like speeds over your WAN, whether you are transferring data to/from a physical Data Center or one in the cloud.  
A better end-user experience for HTTP-based applications? How does Riverbed do it?

Riverbed’s Optimization System (RiOS®), the software that powers SteelHead, utilizes a combination of four technologies to boost WAN performance:

Data streamlining – removes bytes from the WAN that have been sent in previous transactions
Transport streamlining – makes TCP more efficient, which means fewer round trips and data per trip.
Application streamlining – designed to reduce chattiness of each protocol
LZ compression – payload compression for any traffic sent out over the WAN

As an SAP PartnerEdge for Application Development Partner, Riverbed was certified in April 2016 for integration with the following SAP integration scenario:
Wide Area Network Connectivity - Network Performance for SAP On-Premises and Cloud Solutions (NETWK-PERF 2.0)
This certificate confirms the existence of product features in accordance with SAP certification procedures and covers the following certified general functions:

Functional correctness
Performance preservation
Secure, encrypted communication
Performance Enhancement

During the certification process, Riverbed’s four optimization technologies were shown to reduce HTTP traffic over the WAN by over 98%. These numbers represent a huge savings in terms of productivity when employees are working over the wide area with inherent latency and/or bandwidth restrictions…but it doesn’t end there.
Can’t see the forest for the trees? Let SteelCentral help!

Trees are beautiful objects but only if you can see them! Visibility is paramount, and that goes for your network as well. With SteelCentral, Riverbed offers integrated visibility, which in turn enables faster and more effective troubleshooting with end-user experience visibility into SteelHead-optimized and non-optimized applications​. In addition to application visibility, you can generate reports on network infrastructure, compute, and transaction behavior analytics. With SteelCentral, pinpoint trouble areas in your network faster and increase business efficiency along the way.
Money does not grow on trees
Riverbed delivers application acceleration, network optimization, and visibility into detailed performance information spanning all areas of the application environment including a real-time detailed picture of the state of underlying components, end-user experience and benchmarks of overall quality. While SteelHead will speed up your applications over the wide area, SteelCentral will mitigate performance constraints better and faster. All this results in saving you time, and time is money.
There is an old saying about that asserts, “He who plants a tree, plants a hope.” Consider SAP the tree and Riverbed the hope. With SteelHead WAN optimization appliances, SAP’s HTTP-based applications can be optimized for a better overall end-user experience. Let Riverbed “give life” to your SAP applications via WAN optimization.
For a better understand of WAN optimization, please watch this video. Click here for more information about the Riverbed/SAP certification.
 


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Windows 10 Migration — the Role of End User Experience Monitoring, Part 4 - https://www.riverbed.com/blogs/win10-migration-the-role-of-end-user-experience-monitoring-part-4.htmlWelcome to the final post of the Windows 10 Migration series, which aims to help enterprises leverage SteelCentral Aternity End User Experience Monitoring (EUEM) to plan and execute a successful Windows 10 migration using the Plan-Do-Check-Act approach of the Deming Cycle.
Of course, the beauty of any continuous improvement approach is that it is just that – continuous. So, although this post covers on-going operations of the “Act” phase, the process of improving IT performance never really ends. To get a complete picture of how to leverage Aternity throughout the cycle, review the posts on the “Plan” phase, the “Do” phase, and the “Check"  phase.
Incorporating end user experience monitoring into your daily operational activities
Once your Windows 10 migration is complete, you can leverage SteelCentral Aternity in your operational processes to ensure excellent end user experience of your business critical apps. Here are four examples.
1. Prioritize problem resolution to where the impact is greatest
With Aternity, you can 1) monitor the recent performance of any app, 2) understand the severity and impact of app problems by location or department, and 3) identify open incidents by severity and number of impacted users, so you can focus first on the most urgent problems.

2. Proactively identify and resolve problems
IT Ops can use Aternity to 1) automatically receive alerts of incidents, classified by severity; 2) analyze the impact by location, office, department, or subnet; and 3) proactively identify affected users and address their issues before they call the Help Desk.

3. Rapidly identify the likely cause of problems
Troubleshooting problems can be a complex process in today’s converged IT infrastructures. Aternity helps you address this challenge by correlating the three streams of data that determine end user experience - device health and performance, application performance as seen by the end user, and user interactions.
The Commonalities Analysis dashboard performs automatic and intelligent troubleshooting on an activity, by finding the common elements of a problem. It checks through hundreds of possible culprits (like the location, or time of day, laptop model, etc.), and displays only the highest concentration of poor performers for that activity.
With the Commonalities Analysis dashboard, you 1) analyze the characteristics shared by affected users; 2) identify the users most impacted by the problem; and 3) drill down into details of the application or device to troubleshoot individual user issues.

4. Hold IT vendors accountable to SLAs that mean business
Whether it’s Office 365, or any other cloud-delivered app, cloud providers’ service level agreements (SLAs) won’t help you guarantee excellent app performance. Although cloud providers’ SLAs cover infrastructure uptime, incident response time commitments, and penalties, these are insufficient to guarantee excellent end user experience. IT management tools like traditional APM products, synthetic monitoring products, and Application Aware Infrastructure Performance Monitoring all fail to accurately measure actual end user experience.
With its Business Activity Analytics, Aternity enables you to augment cloud providers' overall availability metrics with SLAs based on business processes, which reflect actual end user experience as cloud-hosted apps render on users' devices. Watch this short video to see how this works in Aternity:
 
SteelCentral Aternity–end user experience monitoring for troubleshooting and validating change for Windows, Office, and Surface tablets
Upgrading to Windows 10, migration to Microsoft Office 2016 and Office 365, and the increased usage of Surface tablets require IT to have visibility into End User Experience to ensure these initiatives deliver the expected gains in workforce productivity. SteelCentral Aternity delivers faster insight into the actionable information that enables IT teams and the business to keep up. Aternity adds value to the device and infrastructure monitoring capabilities of Microsoft System Center Operations Manager by automatically monitoring and correlating together the three streams of data that constitute true user experience—user productivity, device health and performance, and application performance, including out of the box business activities for the most important Microsoft Productivity Suite applications. Watch this short video to see SteelCentral Aternity in action, and learn more about Riverbed’s solutions for Windows 10. Watch the 30 minute on-demand webinar or download the free 15 step Windows 10 Migration Guide to see how SteelCentral Aternity can help you ensure a successful Windows 10 Migration. 
This concludes the Windows 10 Migration series. As discussed, Aternity EUEM can help you ensure a successful migration, so register here to start your free trial.


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Networking for the Cloud Era - https://www.riverbed.com/blogs/cloud-networking-solutions.htmlCloud. Mobility. Applications.
These are the drivers in today’s digital world that are reshaping the business and enterprise IT. Today, the enterprise network is complex and unpredictable. Networking has missed the cloud revolution and is still stuck in the traditional and hardware-centric world. Networking needs the same agility that is provided by the cloud to deliver on the promised business outcomes. This calls for a fundamental rethink of networking.
Riverbed Cloud Networking disrupts legacy hardware-based approaches to branch networking with a software-defined and application-centric solution that delivers the agility, visibility and performance that businesses need to succeed in the digital age.
Today, we are launching the Cloud Networking Solution with two major announcements:

Riverbed SteelHead SD – Combines industry-leading WAN Optimization with SD-WAN and Cloud Networking, powered by SteelConnect, into a single device
Riverbed SteelConnect SDI 5030 – Dramatically simplifies the implementation of large scale SD-WAN deployments with non-disruptive network integration

Watch the “Networking for the Cloud Era” webcast
SteelHead SD: With SteelHead SD, our innovative SD-WAN and industry-leading WAN Optimization work together and are seamlessly integrated into a single device. What does this mean to enterprise IT you might ask? You can now can get superior performance and increased agility without any compromise. You have the capability to maintain application centricity with simplified deployment and management. Contrast that to the alternative – a dual-vendor solution that compromises the fidelity of application identification with increased complexity to deploy and manage multiple appliances.
Three new SteelHead SD models are available – 570-SD, 770-SD and 3070-SD. More details can be found here.
SteelConnect SDI 5030: When I talk to the customers that have large global networks and data centers, simplifying large scale SD-WAN deployment is at the top of their minds. The new SteelConnect SDI-5030 does just that. While other SD-WAN solutions can require thousands of lines of config updates and/or firmware updates to the core data center routers, SteelConnect, along with Riverbed Interceptor, integrates in a non-disruptive method to orchestrate SD-WAN and WAN Optimization services into data center networks.
We are thrilled to see the development and market momentum of SteelConnect. Last month, we announced the “one-click” cloud networking solution for secure connectivity to Microsoft Azure cloud networks. Now, Riverbed’s SD-WAN solution boasts seamless platform integration with the market-leading SteelHead WAN optimization solution, and streamlined data center integration for large-scale deployments..
Try out SteelConnect for yourself with our free trial.
Stay tuned, there’s more to come as we continue this exciting journey in 2017!


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Keep Your Cloud-Based Apps Running Smoothly - https://www.riverbed.com/blogs/keep-your-cloud-based-apps-running-smoothly.htmlToday more and more business transactions are built on distributed systems, most sitting in PaaS/IaaS environments. Supporting and maintaining those communications is not always easy without the right tools. In my day-to-day work I get more and more requests from customers to support them by making those communications in the cloud visible.
Their requests are pretty simple: their business is based on apps in the cloud and every minute it takes to troubleshoot a problem costs them not only money, but more importantly, their customers’ trust.
What happens when an app breaks down?
Here’s an example of what can happen if just one gear of your business isn’t turning as it should, and how the Riverbed Application Performance Platform can save the day.
Imagine you’re working in the car sharing business. You build an app that helps your customers to find the nearest car, by knowing their location and then comparing it with a map of available cars, all done in the cloud. Your customer arrives at the car, your app checks if their credit card has been accepted, and done, your customer can pay. Everything is fine and the only step missing is to ask the car manufacturer to open the car.

The manufacturer has to open it, you say? Yes, that’s how it works—a BMW car will only speak to BMW server; a Mercedes Benz car will only speak to a Mercedes Benz server, and so on. Every car manufacturer allows their cars to speak to their servers and their servers alone.
Your business isn’t finished until the car is open and you can take the customer’s payment. In this case I learned the business was not running for two days and no cars could be opened due to a breakdown of communication in the cloud. There were customers ready and willing to use the service, but they were left disappointed.
Why two days? Well, to troubleshoot the app, which was distributed in different clouds because of all the different manufacturers, it was pretty hard to narrow down the problem. It took two days to identify the cause and implement a solution.
This shows how digital transformation can radically change the way we do business, but also how it important it is to implement the right technology to minimize root cause analysis time which is directly affecting your bottom line
To maximize productivity, you need to ensure that business apps perform as expected, that data is always available when needed and that performance issues are quickly resolved. The Riverbed Application Performance Platform transforms app performance into a competitive advantage by giving you the tools to leverage hybrid IT for new forms of operational agility.
Take a closer look at how Riverbed can keep your apps on the road here.


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SteelCentral AppResponse 11 Receives USGv6 Certification - https://www.riverbed.com/blogs/steelcentral-appresponse-11-receives-usgv6-certification.htmlAs agencies modernize their IT systems and embrace an array of digital platforms, applications are being asked to perform at quicker rates than ever before. However, a recent Riverbed survey revealed unreliable federal applications are impeding agency effectiveness, frustrating federal employees, and jeopardizing the success of IT modernization efforts.
When it comes to improving application performance issues, end-to-end visibility across your agency’s infrastructure—from the networks, to apps, to  end users—is crucial. That’s why we’re happy to announce USGv6 Certification for SteelCentral AppResponse 11, a single solution that combines network forensics and historical analysis, application analytics, and end-user experience monitoring to speed problem diagnosis and resolution for application issues.
USGv6 certification ensures Riverbed’s powerful application performance solution can now be safely deployed in the growing number of environments where IPv6 is in use, enabling Federal agency core missions and the applications they rely on.
Embracing IPv6
IPv6 increases the number of Internet addresses, allowing more computers and devices to be connected online, which will support continued innovation in how government delivers services. The use of IPv6 has doubled every year for the past three years and support for IPv6 is now required by many governments, service providers, and enterprises.
While the move to IPv6 is now critical for U.S. government agencies with the exhaustion of IPv4 addresses, IPv6 also enables government networks to scale for new initiatives like cloud computing and mobile. As a way to future-proof network infrastructure and embrace digital transformation initiatives, all civilian agency networks are now required by law to be IPv6-capable and to only procure products that are USGv6-certified.
USGv6
The United States Government IPv6 Conformance Certification (USGv6) is a set of technical standards for the acquisition of IPv6 capable hosts, routers, and network security devices. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) created the USGv6 conformance standards to support adoption of IPv6 in the U.S. government.
The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) tested Riverbed SteelCentral AppResponse on all fields—including the USGv6 Basic, Stateless Address Auto-Configuration (SLAAC), and Addressing Architecture—confirming SteelCentral AppResponse is now in full conformance with mandatory fields and can support deployment of secure, end-to-end, IPv6-enabled network services.

Fig 1. SteelCentral AppResponse 11 can mix and match IPv6 and IPv4 addresses in the same charts.
The UNH-IOL is the only North American laboratory offering ISO/IEC 17025 accredited testing designed specifically for the USGv6 Test Program. The test program designated by NIST provides proof of compliance to IPv6 specifications outlined in current industry standards for common network products. It is meant as a strategic planning guide for USG (United States Government) IT acquisitions to help ensure the completeness, correctness, interoperability and security so as to protect USG investments in the technology.
Download the Riverbed SteelCentral AppResponse SDOC here.
Start your free 30-day trial of SteelCentral AppResponse here.

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