Riverbed Releases RiOS 5.0!

From the official Riverbed RiOS 5.0 announcement:

“[]announced the launch of version 5.0 of the Riverbed Optimization System (RiOS(TM)), which powers the award-winning Riverbed(R) Steelhead(R) product line. RiOS 5.0 extends the Riverbed lead in delivering to its customers the best speed for the broad range of applications important to businesses of every size and across all industries. With the introduction of RiOS 5.0, Riverbed is the first vendor to provide application-level protocol optimization for Microsoft Exchange 2007. This makes Riverbed the first and the only vendor to accelerate Microsoft Exchange 2000, 2003 and 2007. In addition, Riverbed is building upon its lead in delivering solutions to enhance IT flexibility and capabilities with new scale, simplicity and security features, including the new RiOS Services Platform (RSP) for delivering virtualized edge services without the need to deploy additional branch office servers.

Riverbed has expanded its support for Microsoft Exchange environments and is the first WDS vendor to deliver a protocol optimization specifically for the Exchange 2007 protocol (MAPI 2K7) at the application layer. Riverbed is the only vendor that provides application-level optimization for Exchange 2000, 2003 and 2007.

More Application-Level Acceleration

In RiOS 5.0, Riverbed adds to its existing HTTP and HTTPS acceleration capabilities by further improving the performance of enterprise Web applications, including SAP NetWeaver, Oracle, PeopleSoft/JD Edwards, Microsoft and Siebel CRM, SharePoint, and Outlook Web Access (OWA). In RiOS 5.0, Riverbed can further reduce the chattiness and delay often associated with enterprise Web-based applications. Users of RiOS 5.0 will see additional performance improvements of up to 10X for their Web applications.

RiOS 5.0 also delivers acceleration capabilities for Oracle 11i applications running in HTTP mode. This acceleration builds on the existing RiOS support for Oracle 11i Jinitiator socket mode optimization and targets the Oracle E-Business suite of applications, particularly Oracle forms traffic and reporting, as well as other application operations. Riverbed is the only vendor that provides application-level optimization for Oracle 11i. 

PR: Riverbed and Fortinet form Alliance

Lots of moving and shaking so far in 2008, and here’s yet another “love-in” announcement, this time from Fortinet (lesser known security vendor currently partnered with HP on the ProCurve line) and Riverbed, who we’re all getting to know as the darling of Wall Street, the WAN acceleration vendor that sells solutions that can even put Cisco to shame (my opinion, not my employer’s of course).

From the press release:

San Francisco – February 19, 2008 – Riverbed Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: RVBD), the technology and market leader in wide-area data services (WDS), and Fortinet, a pioneer and leading provider of unified threat management (UTM) solutions, today announced an alliance that enables the two companies to deliver complementary best-of-breed security and application acceleration solutions to enterprise customers for managing their distributed workforces.

Through Fortinet’s Elite-level membership in the Riverbed Technology Alliance (RTA), Fortinet, Riverbed®, and their channel partners can immediately provide security and WDS solutions for remote offices, data centers, and mobile workers that are functionally superior to those of competing alternatives.

“Together, Riverbed and Fortinet address the need that enterprises have to secure their data; accelerate the performance of applications running on wide area networks (WANs); and reduce IT infrastructure complexity and costs,” said Mark Williams, principal architect for enterprise infrastructure at Mercury Insurance. “Implementation of two market-leading technologies such as WDS solutions from Riverbed and Fortinet’s ASIC-accelerated integrated security appliances should meet this need while instilling confidence in enterprise companies of all scales.”

This partnership takes advantage of the complementary capabilities of the companies’ two product lines and the ability to cross-sell to their broad global customer bases. Riverbed and Fortinet combined have nearly 30,000 customers, spanning enterprise vertical markets and service providers, and approximately 2,000 distributors and resellers who can benefit from the comprehensive solutions that this partnership will produce.

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Riverbed Interceptor 1.1.2 Released

Riverbed Interceptor 9200Riverbed has just announced an important update to its Interceptor software.

One of the nicest features is the added RAID alarm command, as well as a fix for unexpected reboots when fragmented packets are taken in by the Riverbed device.

Based on the latter alone, I’d be updating ASAP.

Oh, and also of note: “20042 Fixed a security problem where an attacker can cause scripts to be inserted into logs and executed when the logs are viewed through the web interface.”


To download, navigate to the Riverbed Interceptor Support site, and login.

Changes from version 1.1.1 of the Riverbed Interceptor software to 1.1.2:

Fixed between 1.1.1 and 1.1.2:

  • 14009 Fixed watchdog timeouts and deadlocks under heavy disk use.
  • 15467 Fixed previous page and next page links on logging page so that logging filters are retained.
  • 16184 Patched MIT KRB5 for security advisory 2007-002.
  • 17938 Fixed problem where Interceptor does not come out of bypass after heavy traffic that caused going into bypass is stopped.
  • 18054 Updated libpng for security advisories CVE-2006-5793, CVE-2007-2445, CVE-2007-5269.
  • 18287 RBT-Proto port label no longer includes port 135.
  • 18382 Enhance system diagnostics to provide additional RAID information for drive failures.
  • 19093 Fixed problem where appliance was unable to communicate if link went down and then came back up after a multiple of 39 days of uptime.
  • 19145 Added “raid alarm silence” command.
  • 19288 Updated tzdata to 2007g for New Zealand changes to daylight time.
  • 19632 Updated Apache web server to 2.0.61 to fix security problems CVE-2007-3847, CVE-2007-1863, CVE-2006-5752, CVE-2007-3304.
  • 20029 Fixed handling of RST packets when there is is a NAT entry setup, a case of fixed target rules or probe caching.
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