Wide area network (WAN) optimisation firm Riverbed has expanded its Steelhead appliance line with a pair of low-cost network appliances.
The company said that its Steelhead 150 appliances would allow for users in small offices to connect with central locations through faster optimised connections.
Priced under $1,000, the Steelhead 150 will be available as both a physical and virtual network appliance.
The Steelhead 150 looks to speed up traffic at locations where a small number of users are forced to share a single connection and is targeted at small branch offices.
Miles Kelly, director of product marketing for Riverbed's Steelhead business unit, told V3 that the appliance was part of an effort by the company to expand WAN optimisation to locations where the technology has traditionally been considered too expensive.
"We are bringing this to market in an attempt to have no office left behind," Kelly explained.
"We have seen some very large organisations who have hundreds if not thousands of different endpoints where they are running applications."
The appliances will run Riverbed's RiOS software and will be compatible with the company's higher-end Steelhead line.
The company also unveiled a partnership designed to help firms migrate their infrastructure between cloud platforms.
Through an agreement with VMware, Riverbed will offer WAN optimisation support for companies who are looking to move multiple virtual machines between cloud platforms.
The service will allow the vCloud Connector tool to improve performance speeds when migrating to and from both public and private clouds.
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