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Riverbed Incorporates Video Traffic in Optimizer

WAN optimization specialist Riverbed added flesh to the bones of its services strategy today, unveiling a flash video-streaming solution for its Steelhead appliances.

Riverbed first discussed its plans to dive into third-party services earlier this year, carving out a partition within its RiOS operating system.

Under the terms of the deal announced today, video specialist Wowza will offer its Media Server software as a module within the RiOS partition. The vendors claim that this could slash users' video traffic running across the WAN by as much as 98 percent.

"This is for any organization that has a need to reach a large number of users with video content," says Harold Byun, Riverbed's senior product marketing manager. "As companies are trying to push more data and more dynamic content through the enterprise, it consumes more and more bandwidth."

The Wowza Media Server/RiOS combo, which runs on Riverbed's Steelhead appliances, is aimed at users looking to stream both Flash video and live content, but not necessarily data-hungry Web 2.0 companies .

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