Riverbed to ship with McAfee firewall
Riverbed Steelhead appliances to include virtualised McAfee Firewall Enterprise
McAfee and Riverbed Technology have reached an agreement to integrate McAfee's firewall software on Riverbed's Steelhead WAN optimisation appliances.
McAfee Firewall Enterprise software will ship as a virtualised instance on a range of the award-winning Steelhead appliances, to deliver enhanced security to branch offices running the solution.
Customers will gain the benefit of device consolidation and reduce complexity of their administration, according to the companies.
Riverbed's virtualized, extensible data services platform, the Riverbed Services Platform (RSP), allows customers to deploy services such as the McAfee firewall that previously would require dedicated servers, while virtualised applications can further minimize the hardware infrastructure footprint.
"Riverbed's customers are consolidating their IT infrastructure and moving data farther from users, which has negatively impacted the response times of business-critical applications. Our WAN optimization solutions help enterprises overcome these issues and deliver LAN-like application performance to distributed employees," said Venugopal Pai, vice president of alliances at Riverbed. "In addition to accelerating performance over the WAN, it is a logical extension to partner with companies like McAfee whose best-of-breed network security solutions are essential for a reliable distributed IT infrastructure."
"Customers are demanding simplified management and security that's integrated into critical network infrastructure platforms, such as the Riverbed Steelhead appliance," said Dan Ryan, executive vice president and general manager of the Network Security business unit at McAfee.