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Riverbed, OPNET partner to enhance WAN visibility


OPNET Technologies and Riverbed Technology have announced their intention to
deliver capabilities for real-time monitoring and troubleshooting of wide
area network (WAN) applications accelerated by Riverbed.

The combination of Riverbed Steelhead appliances and OPNET's ACE solutions
for application performance management will provide customers with a
complete offering for enhanced visibility into applications accelerated by
Riverbed. It will allow customers to more effectively optimise network
performance by identifying problem areas for applications, measuring
end-to-end application delivery, and enhancing troubleshooting and problem
The combination of OPNET's intelligent analytics and reporting with Riverbed
WDS will allow customers to maximise bandwidth allocation, plan
server/storage deployments and ensure SLAs are met. Through their
partnership, Riverbed and OPNET will collaborate to enhance the scope of
capabilities that can be leveraged by users to more effectively optimise and
manage their WAN environments.
The two companies are also engaging in joint sales and marketing efforts.
OPNET has joined the Riverbed Technology Alliance (RTA) programme, a group
of complementary technology companies who share a common vision of
accelerating data and application performance and delivering significant
savings as customers increasingly use WANs to enable global business.
Riverbed Steelhead appliances help organisations overcome the problems of
poor application performance and insufficient bandwidth by accelerating all
TCP-based applications over the WAN. By speeding up the performance of
applications up to 100 times, award-winning Steelhead WDS products from
Riverbed enable companies to consolidate IT, improve backup and replication
processes to ensure data integrity, and improve staff productivity and
OPNET's ACE solutions provide integrated real-time end-user experience
monitoring and deep-level troubleshooting for networked applications. ACE
Live delivers an end-to-end solution that spans monitoring, measurement, and
detection of application performance violations, providing visibility of all
transactions and users across the enterprise. OPNET's ACE Analyst
complements ACE Live with expert knowledge about network protocols and
application behaviour as seen from a network perspective.
The combination of ACE Live and ACE Analyst enables IT organisations to
detect performance issues, perform triage across all transactions, and
pinpoint and remedy specific issues before they severely affect business
"Our respective customers have chosen solutions from OPNET and Riverbed
because they want to invest in best-in-class technologies for network and
application performance," says Marc Cohen, OPNET chairman and CEO. "Our
collaboration promises to deliver even greater benefits for our customers."
Says Christo Briedenhann, country manager: South Africa, Riverbed: "This
partnership will help Riverbed better meet the needs of its customers by
providing enhanced visibility and management of applications over the WAN.
By obtaining true visibility, our customers are better able to make
strategic decisions about IT projects, such as consolidation efforts. We're
looking forward to our ongoing work with OPNET to provide our customers with
solutions that meet their ever-changing needs."