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Riverbed Technology Riverbed Optimization System (RiOS) 4.0

The newest Steelhead appliance has a data store that's more than 3TB--more than double the largest capacity previously available.


Last year, Riverbed Technology released a major upgrade to its Steelhead wide-area data services appliances and Riverbed Optimization System (RiOS) 4.0 OS. The upgrades enhance the security and scalability of data transfers between branch offices and the central data center. Steelhead appliances can now accelerate data transfers that are encrypted using the SSL protocol, save all encryption keys on the Steelhead appliance in the main data center and certify the keys without involving branch offices.

RiOS 4.0 now applies app-specific protocol optimization to Oracle Forms traffic found throughout the Oracle E-Business app suite. DR and backup jobs are speedier because of a new set of traffic-recognition features based on the size/type of the data being transferred. And Riverbed has accelerated encrypted, secure traffic and improved the performance of chatty Web-based apps that hadn't been addressed by WDS products. As one judge succinctly writes: "A very fine upgrade to a very fine product."

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This was first published in February 2008

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