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Riverbed Steps on SSL Gas

Could SSL data be the next big thing in WAN optimization? Riverbed hopes so. Next week, it will announce an upgrade of its RiOS WAN optimization software in an attempt to speed up SSL encrypted data. (See WAN Optimization Heats Up and WAN Optimization Inches On.)

Riverbed, which recently recorded its first quarter of profitability, is looking to tap into users' ongoing fear about data security with the release of new software for its Steelhead appliances. (See The Year of Data Protection, Users Look Ahead to 2007, VA Reports Massive Data Theft, and Portable Problems Prompt IT Spending.)

Typically, users are looking to encrypt data on financial applications such as SAP, Siebel, and Hyperion, as well as document management tools such as Vignette. (See Oracle Hops on Hyperion, SAP Turns to Brocade, and Oracle Buys Siebel.)

At least one analyst agrees that users are focusing more attention on encrypted data at the moment. "SSL traffic is not going down at all -- there's more and more traffic being encrypted all the time," says Zeus Kerravala of the Yankee Group. "I think that the ability to handle SSL will become one of the top features these [WAN optimization] products will have."

Riverbed is not the first WAN optimization vendor to focus its attention on SSL traffic; Blue Coat Systems also speeds up encrypted data, but is taking a different, "proxy-based" approach.

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