Riverbed Technology has unveiled an update for its RiOS wide area network (WAN) optimisation platform.
The company said that the RiOS 6.5 update allows the company's WAN optimisation appliances to better identify different types of traffic, and manage network bandwidth access for various applications and processes.
Nik Rouda, director of solutions marketing at Riverbed, told V3.co.uk that the Steelhead network appliances will be able to better analyse WAN traffic and offer enhanced quality of service (QoS) controls.
The QoS module allows administrators to group different applications and types of traffic and then assign priorities. The Steelhead appliance then prioritises essential traffic, such as PC virtualisation, and reduces bandwidth for lower priority applications.
In doing so, RiOS 6.5 can allow administrators to give employees a degree of freedom in personal use without affecting network performance.
"This can protect key applications, prioritise resources and limit unnecessary traffic," said Rouda. "Maybe they will tolerate it, but certainly it shouldn't have an impact on business applications."
The 6.5 update also adds a number of new support options, including Microsoft's Outlook Anywhere communication platform and the SMB v2 file transfer protocol.
Finally, Riverbed plans to release an update for its Cascade reporting tool, allowing administrators to capture and analyse network traffic and present results in simplified reports.
Rouda said that Cascade 9.0 lets IT managers present an overview of network operations and efficiency to non-technical executives.
"Our customers asked, what about the executives? How can we communicate?" he explained. "This is aimed at executives who are not IT oriented, thinking about it from a business point of view."
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