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Redefine the Future of Networking - Riverbed acquire Xirrus
- Apr 20, 2017, 09:09 AM
- Ben Gane
Riverbed has announced a definitive agreement to acquire Xirrus, a leading provider of next-gen, cloud-enabled Wi-Fi networks. While this will surely expand the power of Riverbed’s own SD-WAN solution SteelConnect with an industry-leading Wi-Fi solution for Enterprises and Service Providers, I believe the bigger impact will be in setting a new bar for how distributed networks should be deployed and managed overall.
Networking is clearly moving away from configuring boxes and moving toward policy, orchestration and automation. SD-WAN is a great example of this transition, enabling an efficient and agile way to manage hybrid WAN circuits in remote locations. However, the power of orchestration and automation should not only apply to WAN routers in branch offices. Orchestration is only as powerful as its reach. And that’s why automated enforcement of policies that dictate important things such as the priority of business critical applications or that of enforcing security constraints should not begin and end and the WAN’s edge. The power of policy and orchestration should extend further.
That’s why, when we introduced SteelConnect last year, we were so excited to take the concepts of SD-WAN and extend them to wireless & wired LANs, as well as cloud infrastructure networks. Today, we’re taking that one step further by adding a robust enterprise-grade Wi-Fi solution, delivering an unmatched SD-WAN offering that provides unified connectivity and policy-based orchestration spanning the entire network—WLAN/LAN, WAN, data center and the Cloud.
It’s true that unified connectivity and orchestration is critical—because in a world of cloud, digital, mobility, and IoT—the one thing that connects everything together is, the network. As digital transformation continues to drive disruption across all industries, businesses must rethink their approach to networking in order to successfully manage hybrid apps, hybrid networks, mobile users and the cloud, together.
With our market-leading SD-WAN solution, SteelConnect, and now with Xirrus, we continue our mission to transition from legacy hardware to a new software-defined and cloud-centric approach to managing distributed networks based on global policies, automation and orchestration.
With more than 300 SD-WAN customers spanning a wide range of industries globally—we’re just getting started! We hope that you’ll join us moving forward as we continue to push the boundaries and redefine networking for the cloud era.Paul O'Farrell