Riverbed Technology has teamed up with VMware to offer network optimisation tools for the VMware View virtualised desktop platform.
The update allows Steelhead appliances to manage traffic between client devices and servers on the View platform.
By optimising traffic for the Teradici PC over IP (PcoIP) platform, Riverbed said that it will be able to allow the Steelhead WAN optimisation tool to in some cases reduce traffic from VMware View deployments by as much as 60-95 per cent.
Miles Kelly, senior director of product marketing at Riverbed, told V3 that the update solves a common complaint with virtualised PC platforms in that computing tasks are performed by a server and then relayed back to a client system.
"This type of deployment where you centralise data represents a potential performance challenge because there are a lot of round trips," he said.
Optimising traffic between clients and centralised systems can provide considerable gains in the performance of VMware View deployments, according to Kelly.
Riverbed is also looking to integrate Steelhead with VMware's vSphere replication platform to optimise server replications and backups, helping to reduce the time needed to perform maintenance and recovery operations.
Kelly said that the VMware partnership represents part of a larger campaign to extend the reach of the Steelhead platform.
"What is interesting for us is that it is two very big steps forward in our pursuit of optimising all types of traffic," he said.
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