By James Rogers and Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading,
May 5, 2008, 8:00 AM
As users confront greater geographic diversity in their networks, WAN optimization vendors are looking to boil additional software features into their appliances.
First up is Riverbed, which today announced deals with a raft of vendors, including Opsware, Compuware, NetScout, and Opnet, to enable third-party software to collect and compile information from Riverbeds Steelhead appliances.
Opsware, which is now part of HP, will collect device configuration data from the appliances, whereas Opnet is building software agents that will troubleshoot Riverbed's devices. NetScouts software will work with the Steelhead appliances to provide network performance data, something which is becoming increasingly important, according to Riverbed.
As we get into these huge networks, its kind of required that we use these types of applications, says Alan Saldich, Riverbed's VP of product marketing and alliances. [Users] know there are problems, but all they know is that a link's congested -- they don't really know what's going on with that link. p>