Riverbed updates SteelApp ADC

Version 9.7 to address challenges posed by hybrid infrastructure models

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Riverbed updates SteelApp ADC ElKhayat: Companies are going hybrid in droves, extending their data centres to the cloud
By  Tom Paye Published  September 29, 2014

Riverbed Technology has added new features to its SteelApp Traffic Manager application delivery controller (ADC), the company announced on Sunday.

Version 9.7 of the ADC will address the challenges companies face as they move towards hybrid models, with parts of the infrastructure on the cloud and parts on-premise, Riverbed said. The vendor claimed that the updates will solve the issues around greater complexity and blind spots for support, management and security.

"Companies are going hybrid in droves, extending their data centres to the cloud, and then often struggling with complexity and performance challenges," said Taj ElKhayat, regional managing director at Riverbed.

"Customers buy Riverbed's SteelApp ADC for the intelligent load balancing of app traffic across the hybrid enterprise and for web optimisation to accelerate applications in the cloud. Riverbed SteelApp Traffic Manager 9.7 now delivers greater protection against the latest app-level attacks and simpler manageability in the cloud."

There are two main updates to SteelApp Version 9.7, Riverbed said. One includes a standalone web application firewall (WAF), which can be integrated without changing the application or upgrading existing load balancers, the company claimed. Riverbed said that this would enable organisations to quickly apply baseline security policies, to help support PCI or HIPAA compliance, and to protect against SQL injection, XSS, CSRF and other external attacks.

The second main update is that SteelApp now provides support for Microsoft Azure VHD deployments. Riverbed said this would allow users to deploy Microsoft workloads in the optimal cloud platform for Windows workloads and any applications in Microsoft Azure.

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