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Huawei and Riverbed Technology Partner to Accelerate Enterprise Cloud-First and Digital Transformation Initiatives

Sep 26, 2017

Solution combines Huawei CloudEPN with Riverbed SteelHead to help customers simplify network management

[Shenzhen, China, September 26, 2017] Huawei and Riverbed Technology today announced an important partnership that will bring together the power of Huawei’s CloudEPN (Cloud Enterprise Private Network) and market-leading Riverbed SteelHead, which accelerates the delivery of applications, to make it easier for enterprises to manage their networks and optimize performance in the cloud.

Huawei recently introduced its CloudEPN solution, which includes SD-WAN and cloud-based VPN solutions, and is designed to simplify network management for the enterprise, enabling businesses to innovate more quickly and achieve greater agility. The solution provides on-demand interconnection between branches, branches and data centers, and branches and the cloud, delivering application-level network-wide intelligent path selection, smart acceleration, open universal computing gateways and cloud-based visualized operations and maintenance.

Huawei's AR1600 series and AR650 series open universal computing gateways support the on-demand deployment of Huawei and third-party VASs (Value-added Services, such as vFW, vWoC), and enable flexible orchestration and automated delivery through Huawei’s Agile Controller so that they can be provisioned in minutes. This solves the issues of slow and inflexible service provisioning in traditional solutions.

Riverbed SteelHead, the industry's leading solution for accelerated delivery of applications across the hybrid WAN, speeds the performance of cloud applications by overcoming the combined challenges of bandwidth limitations and latency on the WAN. This improves the experience for end-users – regardless of their location within the network and the devices used to access the network – boosting enterprise productivity.

Li Xianyin, General Manager of Huawei Enterprise Gateway Domain (Left) and David Neo, Vice President of Sales Engineering, Asia Pacific and Japan for Riverbed Technology (Right) sign a Memorandum of Understanding

“Huawei has maintained a strong relationship with Riverbed for many years,” said Li Xianyin, General Manager of Huawei Enterprise Gateway Domain. “We are delighted to be working together to innovate in the fast-evolving networking and cloud application technology space. Together, we can offer what the customers are looking for – simplified network management and accelerated delivery of applications.”

Paul O’Farrell, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Riverbed SteelConnect, SteelHead and SteelFusion Business Unit said, “By combining our industry-leading SteelHead technology with Huawei's leading-edge CloudEPN solutions, we’ll be able to bring new services to market more quickly and address some of the most critical needs our customers are facing as they move to the cloud and embark on digital transformation.

“We’re excited to be collaborating with Huawei in an area Riverbed is particularly passionate about – the future of networking – and we’re looking forward to exploring new opportunities for development in the future,” continued O’Farrell.

The joint Huawei-Riverbed solution will deliver a superior WAN experience for enterprises as they continue to move applications and infrastructure into the cloud, giving them greater agility, flexibility and the ability to innovate more quickly.