Riverbed Technology plans Wednesday to introduce a virtualized appliance for small and midsized enterprises to monitor cloud deployments and software-defined networks.
Cascade Express Virtual Edition monitors both virtual and physical performance. "Cascade is, to our knowledge, the only monitoring solution that provides visibility into virtual networks," Heidi Gabrielson, Riverbed Technology Inc. (Nasdaq: RVBD) senior product marketing manager, told Light Reading.
The Cascade Express Virtual Edition is a software version of the company's Cascade Express appliance. It's designed to allow IT teams to quickly see and troubleshoot problems before users notice, Gabrielson told Light Reading. The virtual appliance provides flow monitoring, flow collection, packet capture, analytics and reporting, and packet analysis.
The need for virtualization monitoring is growing. Gabrielson cited a Forrester report saying more than half of Intel workloads were virtualized in 2013, and more than 70% will be by next year. She also cited a Gigaom study showing 70% of enterprises use some kind of cloud, with infrastructure-as-a-service the fastest growing. These technologies require monitoring which Riverbed can deliver, she said.
Only a few enterprises currently deploy virtualized networks, but there is great interest, and many organizations are evaluating the technology. "Network virtualization is still very small," Nik Koutsoukos, Riverbed senior director of product marketing, told Light Reading. "We don't see this as a big part of our solution, but it's growing."
The software will be available Wednesday, downloadable at the Riverbed website for a free 30-day trial, priced starting at $19,995 to buy.
Riverbed introduced a networking solution for branch offices in April. (See Riverbed Announces Networking Solution for Branch Offices.)
Hedge fund Elliott Management offered to buy Riverbed earlier this year. Riverbed rejected the bid. It hired Goldman Sachs and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, but never seriously entertained bidders, according to Forbes. Elliott reaffirmed its $21 per share offer for Riverbed earlier this month, Reuters reported.
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