SD-WAN for the masses

This page is part of a series on Riverbed's SD-WAN solution, SteelConnect.

This is part 1 of 8 in the series: SD-WAN for the masses.

Disclaimer: I work for Riverbed, all views and expressions on this blog are entirely my own and don’t necessarily reflect the views of my employer.

Early 2016 Riverbed acquired Ocedo, a German company with software defined networking solutions. In a nutshell Ocedo built intelligent networking solutions consisting of WAN gateways, access points and switches using zero-touch provisioning and managed centrally through a cloud portal.

Ocedo’s solutions have evolved into Riverbed’s SteelConnect family, which consists of physical and virtual appliances suitable for customers with only a few branches as well as for customers with thousands of sites and large data centres.

SteelConnect is blurring the lines of SD-WAN and SD-LAN, as it neatly integrates both and provides native integration with Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure. Not only that, with the SteelHead-SD devices you can enable SD-WAN as a optional service on some members of the SteelHead family: the CX570, CX770 and CX3070.

It’s a no-brainer: all traffic to/from a site will have to traverse a router. All traffic that you want to optimise has to traverse a WAN optimisation device. Why not combine these functions and use just one device? Well, that’s exactly what the SteelHead-SD does.

This post is an introduction to the series and the SteelConnect product, next week I’ll go into more (technical) details on how to get started with SteelConnect.

If you want a head start, you can download a free trial here. SDxCentral is also doing a Demo Friday this week (June 9, 10am PDT) on SteelConnect, register here.

The complete series:
Part 1: SD-WAN for the masses
Part 2: Getting started with SteelConnect
Part 3: Native Amazon AWS & Microsoft Azure integration
Part 4: Intelligent traffic steering
Part 5: SD-LAN
Part 6: Application visibility
Part 7: REST API
Part 8: SteelHead integration

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