Riverbed SteelCentral License
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A Centralized, Dynamic View of Application Performance The Riverbed Solution
Riverbed SteelCentral Portal redefines how companies visualize, monitor, report, and troubleshoot application performance by combining user experience, application, and network data into a centralized, dynamic solution.
This holistic view gives operational teams a single source of truth for application performance, keeping key resources focused on strategic projects—accelerating troubleshooting, and providing meaningful data for stakeholders throughout the enterprise. The solution builds on Riverbed’s strong legacy of providing end-to-end visibility across the network and application, from server to end-user.
SteelCentral Portal brings visibility into and control over end-user experience, application performance, and network performance together in one easy-to-use collaborative solution. By blending data from industry leading tools including SteelCentral AppInternals, AppResponse, NetAuditor, NetProfiler and NetSensor APM and NPM data, only Riverbed creates a dynamic map of application performance.
Different teams are able to get a complete picture of the application environment. Instead of wasting valuable time and resources assessing blame, you can rapidly diagnose and fix service issues before end users notice. SteelCentral Portal also makes it easier to communicate application status and performance, as well as show SLAs in a way that non-IT stakeholders can understand. Portal gives you a central way to regularly communicate the value IT is bringing to the enterprise, instead of executives only hearing from IT when there is a problem.
The Business Challenge
Effectively managing application performance in today’s hybrid enterprise requires deep and broad visibility across complex networks and hosting environments. Yet many enterprises take a fragmented approach to managing applications relying on a variety of tools, often from different vendors, to monitor and troubleshoot application performance.
This leaves the IT organization stuck in silos—each team with a different perspective of the issue. Without a central view to collaborate and share data across these teams, IT engineers can spend a significant amount of time analyzing data and performance metrics, and ultimately arrive at different and often conflicting conclusions about the cause of performance problems. The result is the creation of a “war room,” where resources are drained from strategic initiatives, valuable time is wasted pointing fingers, and stakeholders are unable to get status on critical application performance.
Riverbed SteelCentral Features
SteelCentral benefits from the following features:
Resolve application performance issues with actionable intelligence
SteelCentral Portal is the only IT performance management solution that can display deep user experience, application, network, infrastructure and server performance data in a central view supported by a comprehensive set of data source tools.
This enables disparate IT performance management teams to efficiently use resources to more rapidly resolve operational issues that impact application performance and, over time, to proactively avoid service issues. IT organizations can arrive at a common set of metrics to collect and report on for each application, then standardize on a common view on how to present the application performance data, despite the different platforms each application may be running on, or whether the app traffic is optimized or non-optimized (based on data supplied by SteelHead).
Significantly reduce time for set up and reporting
SteelCentral Portal’s wizard-driven application discovery reduces the time to build a monitoring and reporting framework and deliver performance reports. Rather than relying on an administrator’s knowledge of the environment, the Portal’s application model offers a dynamic, application infrastructure service map that includes all related components: servers involved, network hops, and data needed for delivering the applications.
In addition, adaptive workflows provide guidance to available reporting metrics and “best” options depending on the connected data sources, automatically updating available views as new data sources are added.
Provide stakeholders throughout the enterprise with meaningful data
SteelCentral(Riverbed SteelCentral License) Portal offers each stakeholder a role-based home page that prioritizes the information that is most important to that user. You can include custom dashboards and default dashboards tailored to the individual’s needs.
For example, e-commerce site owners can see current shopping volume for business patterns, or network managers can see relevant performance information. For each role, SteelCentral Portal provides all the needed information in a single screen, one dashboard at a time, with one-click access to the most common dashboard editing tasks.
Optimize performance with SteelHead Integration
With your SteelHead integrated with SteelCentral AppResponse and NetProfiler, you are able to look across your network and view both non-optimized and optimized traffic.
Regardless of whether the data resides in the data center, branch, or in the cloud, Portal produces actionable performance visibility for all your mission critical applications, ultimately allowing IT to optimize with SteelHead.
Graphical application discovery
SteelCentral Portal’s Application Discovery takes an interactive, wizard-driven process to help you discover and build a service model for your operational environment. As a result, you are able to reduce the amount of time and effort needed to develop and implement a reporting framework.
Data driven metric guidance
SteelCentral Portal includes powerful, out of the box workflows that assist administrators to select the “best” metrics based on available data sources. Administrators determine the information needed and Portal automatically curates different workflows based on available data sources.
Efficient management reporting
Portal gives you a central source of truth for application performance and supporting infrastructure. Looking at the same triage data fosters better teamwork helping you rapidly diagnose the issue’s root cause. In addition, and you can readily present meaningful data to stakeholders.
This enables IT organizations to arrive at a common set of metrics to collect and report on for each application, then standardize on a common view on how to present the application performance data. Collecting raw data from the other tool sets across the application model also provides flexibility in reporting, so you can answer a wide variety of performance questions as they arise, despite the different platforms each application may be running on.
SteelCentral Portal enables users to view the network path that an application segment traverses. This provides a unique view of the network infrastructure in addition to network performance, end-user experience, and application performance monitoring views, helping them to troubleshoot application problems more quickly.
Relevant stakeholder views
Portal offers each stakeholder a role-based home page that prioritizes the information that is most important to that user. You can include custom dashboards and default dashboards tailored to the individual’s needs.
For example, e-commerce site owners can see current shopping volume for business patterns, or network managers can see relevant performance information. For each role, Portal gives you all the information you need in a single screen, one dashboard at a time, with one-click access to the most common dashboard editing tasks.