Riverbed Technology has recently announced an extension of its relationship with Microsoft through the delivery of a secure Web gateway and WAN optimization solution for organizations with remote offices. According to this news release on Market Watch, the joint solution combines Riverbed WAN optimization technology with Microsoft’s Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 solution into a single appliance.
“With this offering, Riverbed and Microsoft customers have the ability to further virtualize IT resources at the branch in a cost-effective manner while delivering end-to-end security. The solution takes advantage of the capabilities of the Riverbed Services Platform (RSP), a virtualized platform capable of running branch services, integrated with the Steelhead appliance hardware. RSP allows customers to deploy up to five best-of-breed branch services on a single device, enabling organizations to consolidate the hardware infrastructure at the branch office, resulting in easier IT management and lower operational overhead and power costs. In addition to the TMG security platform, Riverbed customers have the ability to virtualize and run other Microsoft services on the RSP, including Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Active Directory and DNS/DHCP.”