Riverbed has announced the latest release of its Digital Experience Management (DEM) offering Riverbed SteelCentral, introducing key improvements to dramatically boost the performance of cloud applications.

According to the firm, the new release fundamentally changes performance management for cloud architectures, providing  greater visibility of cloud native apps and cloud-based networks — by adding new Application Performance Management (APM) and Network Performance Management (NPM) capabilities.

“Cloud adoption is enabling massive business transformation and tremendous growth for today’s digital business, but it also creates huge visibility gaps and span of control challenges for organisations.” said Riverbed. “While hybrid architectures are a reality for most modern enterprises and cloud is now considered an extension of the enterprise infrastructure, the majority of performance management tools available in the market are incapable of providing unified and user-centric visibility for hybrid cloud environments and the user’s digital experience.”

In the 2018 State of Cloud Monitoring Survey recently conducted by Riverbed, IT network and cloud business decision makers shared their difficulties with 92% of participants stating they faced challenges with performance management in their cloud environment, and 60% of participants stated that their end users experienced cloud performance issues first before companies knew about them.

“As cloud adoption has become ubiquitous, cloud deployments and the applications themselves have become increasingly complex and distributed. Ensuring performance of the end-user experience, apps, networks and cloud vendors themselves is a daunting challenge,” said Mike Sargent, SVP and GM for SteelCentral at Riverbed. “This latest release of Riverbed SteelCentral delivers rich visibility into both the application and network performance of hybrid and cloud environments, as well as the most comprehensive approach to truly measure and manage the digital experience.””

Improvements of the new SteelCentral release include:

·       Packet visibility in the cloud – the new release of a AppResponse Cloud solution collects and analyses packet information for Amazon Web Services (AWS) deployments.

·       Flow visibility in the cloud – SteelCentral NetProfiler’s capabilities extended to monitor flow across cloud environments and between the cloud and the enterprise.

·       App visibility for today’s cloud native apps – introduction of AppInternals integrations with Kubernetes, Pivotal Cloud Foundry and Red Hat OpenShift to help companies maintain visibility as applications are developed and implemented in the cloud, and manage the complexity of the modern multi-stack app ecosystem.