Riverbed Optimises Steelhead For Microsoft RemoteFX
Steelhead appliances accelerate virtual desktop performance over WAN.
Riverbed Technology, the IT performance company, has announced that Riverbed Steelhead appliances have been optimised for Microsoft RemoteFX—a new set of graphic capabilities delivered in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. Support for RemoteFX delivers the full benefits of an enhanced virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) user experience over a Wide Area Network (WAN). For customers with distributed infrastructures and mobile workers, Riverbed offers a solution for VDI environments that enables organisations to overcome WAN performance issues when they deploy VDI solutions over the WAN. The result is improved employee productivity.
Microsoft RemoteFX introduces a new set of end user experience enhancements to the Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). These enhancements enable a rich, local-like desktop environment over the network. With RemoteFX, users can work remotely in a Windows Aero desktop environment, watch full-motion video, enjoy Silverlight animations, run 3D applications, and use USB peripherals, just as they do on a local desktop. RemoteFX virtualises the GPU (graphics processing unit) and utilises advanced codecs to enable an enhanced user experience for VDI; RemoteFX has been optimised for low-latency LAN environments. For customers that want to deliver a rich user experience over a WAN with limited bandwidth or high traffic, Riverbed Steelhead appliances optimise RDP traffic over the WAN; this helps ensure optimal performance for RemoteFX so that end users can realise the full benefits of enhanced desktop virtualisation.
"As today's enterprises demand a seamless, full-fidelity virtual desktop environment, Microsoft customers can use RemoteFX to deliver rich graphical experiences that match the experience on a local desktop," said Manlio Vecchiet, Director of Product Management for Windows Server, Microsoft. "Riverbed optimises network traffic over a WAN so that Microsoft customers can extend the benefits of a virtual desktop infrastructure enhanced by RemoteFX to use cases beyond the traditional LAN environment."
Riverbed Steelhead appliances are positioned to enhance network traffic over the WAN by using a combination of scalable data referencing (SDR), compression and TCP streamlining to allow the RDP protocol to fully utilise the available WAN bandwidth and significantly increase the amount of frames per second of a RemoteFX session. This results in a smoother, higher fidelity user experience.
"The promise of desktop virtualisation is to provide users with seamless, anytime access to their applications and data while simplifying compliance and management through a centralised infrastructure. As data and applications move away from users, network bandwidth and latency significantly impact virtual desktop performance. Riverbed WAN optimisation solutions improve desktop virtualisation performance, helping organisations realise the business benefits of deploying virtual desktops over a distributed infrastructure," said Venugopal Pai, vice president, global alliances at Riverbed.
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Vivek Singh, regional director, India/ SAARC, Riverbed Technology, talks about WAN optimisation trends and the company's product Steelhead Mobile.
Organisations can take advantage of the new features to provide their mobile workforce with LAN-like access to corporate files and applications.