Riverbed Technology, the application performance company, announced that it has been named a “Value Leader” by the Enterprise Management Associates report for Application-Aware Network Performance Management.

The Riverbed Performance Management solution achieved the highest aggregate score in total ANPM functionality for its richly integrated, scalable and proactive application and network performance monitoring, analysis and troubleshooting solutions.

The EMA Radar for Application-Aware Network Performance Management report focuses on assessing and analysing the landscape of ANPM solutions available to the marketplace today.

The report looks specifically at core capabilities that network engineers, managers and operators need in order to recognise, characterise, troubleshoot and communicate application performance as they transit the network.

EMA’s report singled out Riverbed with “Best Virtualisation Support” recognition for its solution’s support of virtual computing and virtualised application environments. Cited as “leading edge” by EMA, a key differentiator for the Riverbed solution is the ability to maintain visibility despite highly virtualised environments.

According to the report, competing ANPM offerings require both additional features and significant configuration to provide the same level of visibility into virtualised compute environments and architectures that Riverbed Performance Management solutions deliver natively.

“The span of capabilities within the Riverbed Performance Management solution is among the best in the ANPM sector,” says Jim Frey, VP of research, EMA.

“Riverbed has put itself at the leading edge and offers one of the stronger analytics engines in the industry with real-time views for advanced performance monitoring. It’s exciting to see the progress Riverbed has made as the company continues to integrate and advance the performance management suite with Cascade and OPNET solutions.”

“Maintaining availability to critical applications while delivering peak network performance is a challenge our customers and channel partners face on a daily basis. As the number of applications increases and virtualisation expands across the environment, the need for an integrated, efficient and value-based solution becomes even more urgent.

“The combination that Riverbed Performance Management brings with the Cascade and OPNET product lines allows us to deliver that single solution for monitoring, troubleshooting and actually fixing the application and network performance problems,” says Paul Brady, senior VP and GM, Riverbed Performance Management business unit at Riverbed.

“We’re thrilled to be recognised by EMA for our innovation and leadership in the Application-Aware Network Performance Management market and our industry-leading virtualisation support. This momentum will continue to support both enterprise and the mid-market customers and expand our channel partner success.”

Riverbed Performance Management solutions, which include the Cascade application-aware network performance management (NPM) and OPNET application performance management (APM) product portfolios, deliver a unique combination of end-user experience monitoring, transaction tracing, deep component monitoring, and IT infrastructure/network management.

With the acquisition of OPNET, Riverbed is now able to offer customers performance management solutions that diagnose and cure both application and network issues. These solutions help application and network teams identify the problem, deliver actionable insight for solving the issue and maximise the performance, availability and productivity of critical applications.