Steelhead Appliance Features
Accelerate the Applications that are the Most Important to You
Steelhead appliances are built on an application-independent architecture that optimizes all TCP traffic for bandwidth and TCP behavior. On top of this architecture, Riverbed has built a series of Application Streamlining modules that further optimize applications like Windows, Exchange, HTTP, NFS, and MS SQL.
Transparent Deployment in 15 Minutes or Less
Steelhead appliances do not require any client or server reconfiguration in standard deployment mode. Your applications will continue to work just as they did before the Steelhead appliances were deployed only faster. There is no proxy configuration required, nor do any routing tables need to be adjusted.
Steelhead appliances are designed to be deployed quickly and easily, often in just ten to fifteen minutes. The boxes can be pre-configured at the factory to your requirements. Then you can literally open the box and plug your new Steelhead appliance into the network. Once deployed, Steelhead appliances can use auto-discovery to automatically find all other Steelhead appliances on the network. This avoids all tedious tunnel configurations often required by other products.
Flexible Deployment, Reporting, and Management
Web GUI and CLI Management and Reporting
Each Steelhead appliance can be managed through a rich GUI or command-line interface. This way, appliances can be set up, configured, and managed remotely. All Steelhead appliances can report traffic and network optimization, and segment reports by port, protocol, or IP address range.
Enterprises can also deploy the optional Central Management Console (CMC) appliance, which allows you to configure and manage many Steelhead appliances simultaneously. The CMC allows group management of devices, dynamic reporting, scheduled operations, over-the-wire software upgrades, and automatic touchless setup of new Steelhead appliances in your network.
Highly Configurable, Flexible Deployment
The default state for Steelhead appliances is to intercept and optimize all WAN traffic. However, administrators have the option to restrict or specify optimization by protocol, port, or IP address range.
Steelhead appliances can be deployed in many places in the network. They can be deployed in-path, out-of-path, in various high-availability configurations, near specific servers, or virtually anywhere that meets your needs.
Designed for Reliability and Availability
Steelhead appliances can be deployed in a variety of high-availability configurations in order to provide continued optimized performance in the event of an appliance failure. These configurations are available for both in-path and out-of-path deployments. Steelhead appliances also enable automated datastore copying, ensuring that failover devices have the most recent user data available. In addition, Steelhead appliance models 3020 and up also feature RAID and triple power supplies to improve reliability.