Riverbed buys CACE Technologies

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – WAN optimization appliance makerRiverbed Technology has bought CACE Technologies for its packet-capture and analysis tools that will help flesh out its current Cascade network and application visibility platform.

CACE’s traffic recording, analysis and inspection platform should help customers troubleshoot network and application performance issues, San Francisco-based Riverbed says.

Dependence on the WAN in cloud computing is increasing the need for visibility of all network segments in order to find where bottlenecks lie and what factors are impairing performance, Riverbed said Thursday in announcing the acquisition.

CACE Technologies’ Shark Appliance and Pilot Console supports management of network performance by discovering applications on networks, monitoring their performance and recording traffic for analysis.

This is Riverbed’s second acquisition in this area, having bought Mazu Networks in 2009. Riverbed’s Cascade line is based on Mazu technology.
CACE, headquartered in Davis, Calif., also sponsors Wireshark and WinPcap open source packet analysis tools, and Riverbed says it will keep Wireshark open.

Riverbed is known for its Steelhead appliances. Recently it launched Virtual Steelhead, which it says will enable customers to deploy Riverbed WAN optimization solutions in a wider range of environments that may have specialized requirements, such as ruggedized environments or environments with space limitations, as well as data centres that have been heavily virtualized.

It also recently launched Steelhead Mobile 3.1, a mobile WAN optimization solution for Apple Mac desktops and laptops. It also optimizes Citrix Virtual Desktop deployments and Microsoft applications.

Publicly-traded Riverbed also said Thursday that Revenues for the third quarter were US$147.8 million, up 17 per cent compared to the second quarter of 2010 and up 45 per cent compared to the third quarter of 2009.

(From Network World U.S. With files by Howard Solomon, Network World Canada)



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