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Riverbed Opens Up RiOS to Software Services

Riverbed overhauled its core RiOS operating system today, carving up its software in an attempt to free up users' bandwidth and add a plethora of third-party services.

The vendor first hinted at this strategy, which it calls the RiOS Services Platform (RSP), during its fourth-quarter earnings call, describing a vague plan to add additional software to its Steelhead appliances.

With the launch of RiOS 5.0 today, Riverbed added flesh to the bones of RSP, which will eventually encompass a broad range of services.

"It's carving out a protected partition on the Steelhead appliance so that customers can run additional applications and services from other software vendors," explains Harold Byun, Riverbed's senior product marketing manager.

First up are a file-and-print service developed by Riverbed, a streaming media offering from Wowza Media, and in the near future, an IP address management service from Infoblox.

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