Next Up… Riverbed accelerates delivery of App-V virtual applications across the network

 Phew! Day 2 was a whirlwind of activity here at Tech EMEA in Barcelona. And day 3 promises to be even more so. The tapas and cerveza  are as good as the sessions, filling and refreshing. On my way out of the expo floor this morning as I was headed to my presentation I had a chance to pull aside Bob Gilbert, Director of Marketing for Riverbed Technology, Inc. for a very brief conversation.

SeanDô – So, Bob, integrations around App-V are happening as fast as a WAN accelerator this year. What has Riverbed been doing on the App-V delivery front?

BG – Riverbed Technology  is the pioneer and, with over 5000 customers, the worldwide technology and market share leader in wide-area data services (WDS). Riverbed provides the first and only comprehensive WDS solution to a host of severe problems that have effectively prevented enterprises from sharing applications and data across wide areas. By wide area, we mean anywhere in the world. Between Chicago and New York. Or between Moscow and London.

SeanDô – Bob, one of the things that I have been most excited about in App-V 4.5 is the diversity of deployment options available, especially when compared to the SoftGrid versions of the product. How do you see Riverbed providing your customers with a new business value in this new diverse model?

BG  - With the combination of Riverbed Steelhead appliances and Steelhead Mobile software with the App-V application platform, customers can deliver applications at near LAN-like performance to remote locations, including branch offices and mobile workers.

 SeanDô – Sounds like some pretty interesting results from your testing Bob. When will Steelhead be available for customers of App-V?

BG - The solution is available today from Riverbed and App-V resellers and partners worldwide.  If people want to learn more they can visit our web site at  or read our Riverbed blog at

Thanks for taking the time today out of your busy schedule Bob. I look forward to seeing Riverbed’s WDS help our customers in their branch office deployments.

Sean Donahue is a Sr. Program Manager in System Center Alliances. If you are an ISV who has an integration point with App-V or MDOP please contact Sean.

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