Riverbed (News - Alert) Technology recently announced that its Stingray Traffic Manager has now been certified as a load balancer for Microsoft (News - Alert) Lync 2010. As a result, the enterprise’s employees can now be more productive and better collaborate with one another, whether by phone, instant message or Web conference.
Riverbed Stingray Traffic Manager is a full performance software and virtual Layer 7 application delivery controller (ADC (News - Alert)) that enables enterprises and cloud operators to create, manage and deliver key services more quickly, more flexibly and at a lower cost. Stingray Traffic Manager offers much more than just load balancing; it controls and optimizes end-user services by inspecting, transforming, prioritizing and routing application traffic.
The powerful TrafficScript engine facilitates the implementation of traffic management policies that are unique to an application, by allowing organizations to build custom functionality or leverage existing features in Stingray Traffic Manager in a specialized way.
"Riverbed and Microsoft continue to work together on many key areas to cost-efficiently improve the performance and reliability of platforms used by businesses around the world," said Apurva Davé, vice president of products and marketing, Stingray Business Unit at Riverbed. "The latest testing and certification for Lync reaffirms the commitment from Microsoft and Riverbed to integrate the leading communications and performance platforms, guaranteeing end users an improved experience, and enhanced ability to effectively communicate in the workplace."
Stingray is designed for the cloud, whether public or private. Most other application delivery providers offer hardware load balancers or firewalls, or at best, very limited virtual machine versions. Stingray Traffic Manager is designed from the ground up to be deployed as software, so it is better suited to meet development, operations and cloud needs.
In related news, Riverbed Technology recently announced its collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to deliver cloud performance and data protection solutions to enterprise customers. According to the terms of the agreement, Riverbed’s (WAN) optimization solution, combined with the elasticity and subscription pricing model of AWS, will allow the companies to install and scale within Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) environments.
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