Riverbed Brings Macs Into WAN Optimization Fold

Apple’s Mac OS X operating system is becoming found more widely in enterprise
computing environments. With the increased Mac usage comes the need to bring Macs into
the network optimization fold, which is what WAN optimization vendor Riverbed is doing
with in its new RiOS (Riverbed Operating System) 6.0 release.

RiOS is the underlying operating system for Riverbed’s Steelhead WAN optimization
appliances. With it, a variety of different types of network traffic — including file
sharing, application and SSL traffic — can be optimized and accelerated.

The OS last received a major update with
version 5.5 in October 2008
. Now, the new release comes as the overall WAN
optimization market is continuing to grow. In 2008, the WAN
optimization market
generated over $1 billion in revenue.

“We’re continuing to be more pervasive and more relevant to customers by reaching new
types of client platform,” Nik Rouda, senior product marketing manager at Riverbed, told
InternetNews.com. “One thing we’ve added in RiOS 6.0 is support for file sharing
optimizations for Macintosh clients. The reason we’ve done that is we’ve seen Macs
generally become much more common in the workplace.”

Rouda also said Mac users are a vocal bunch, and they are demanding the same
performance from their IT environments that their peers are now getting. Read the rest at InternetNews.com.

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