Riverbed Brings Macs Into WAN Optimization Fold

Vocal Mac users demand improvements and get them with new RiOS release.

 By Sean Michael Kerner
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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.

This article was originally published on Oct 22, 2009
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