Riverbed Technology has extended its relationship with Microsoft through the delivery of a comprehensive best-of-breed secure Web gateway and WAN optimisation solution for organisations with remote offices. The joint solution combines Riverbed WAN optimisation technology with Microsoft’s Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 solution into a single appliance.

This offering enables customers to virtualise their branch office infrastructure and deliver LAN-like application performance for branch users while protecting corporate networks from Web security threats such as malware and spam.
With this offering, Riverbed and Microsoft customers have the ability to further virtualise IT resources at the branch in a cost-effective manner while delivering end-to-end security. The solution takes advantage of the capabilities of the Riverbed Services Platform (RSP), a virtualised platform capable of running branch services, integrated with the Steelhead appliance software.
RSP allows customers to deploy up to five best-of-breed branch services on a single device, enabling organisations to consolidate the hardware infrastructure at the branch office, resulting in easier IT management and lower operational overhead and power costs.
In addition to the TMG security platform, Riverbed customers have the ability to virtualise and run other Microsoft services on the RSP, including Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Active Directory and DNS/DHCP.
“Microsoft has a long history of working with Riverbed to help our mutual customers achieve strategic initiatives, such as virtualisation,” says Zakie Mashiah, principal group manager in the Server and Tools Business at Microsoft. “This joint solution enables organisations to realise what we call Business Ready Security through Riverbed best-of-breed WAN optimisation solutions fully integrated with our comprehensive Web security solution in a way that is simple to manage and deploy.”
Customers deploying Microsoft’s TMG security platform on RSP are able to protect their businesses from malware and other threats and enable employees to safely and productively use the Internet. TMG provides multiple layers of continuously updated protections that are integrated into a unified, easy to manage gateway, reducing the cost of Web security at the branch office. Forefront TMG 2010 running on RSP provides multiple inspection technologies, including application and network-level firewalls, intrusion prevention and malware filtering, to keep users safe from Web-based attacks and prevent malware outbreaks on the enterprise caused by inadvertent employee visits to malicious sites or by downloads of infected files.
Additionally, RSP integration with the Forefront TMG Web Protection Service enables customers to enforce a consistent Web security policy for application protection, malware inspection and URL filtering within the branch. When taking advantage of TMG on the RSP, enterprises are able to obtain all of these security benefits and WAN optimisation, while simplifying the management and lowering the costs of its edge services.
“Customers are increasingly looking to virtualise IT resources at the branch office in order to reduce costs and simplify management,” says Christo Briedenhann, country manager: Africa at Riverbed. “RSP offers customers the flexibility to virtualise their key edge services such as Microsoft’s TMG secure Web gateway while realising the benefits of Riverbed best-of-class WAN optimisation solutions.  By partnering with companies like Microsoft, Riverbed is the only vendor to offer a single appliance that combines WAN optimisation with a complete end-to-end security offering.”