Stingray Traffic Manager 9.0 Ties Software with Contollers
San Francisco, Calif.-based Riverbed announced its new Stingray Traffic Manager 9.0, saying it combines the application delivery controller (ADC) with its Aptimizer Web content optimization software. Naveen Prabhu, a senior product marketing manager at Riverbed pointed to research by various players including Forrester Research, Google and Microsoft that concluded that anytime a user has to spend more than 250 milliseconds more on one site than another. Since many application environments already have ADCs, Riverbed sees adding Web site optimization to them as a natural extension.
This software offering is typically found in virtual data centers and cloud environments, according to Prabhu. "This is the only ADC or load balancer that's purpose built for the cloud because it's designed to take advantage of your off the shelf hardware and you can add more performance just by throwing more hardware at it," he said. Stingray is used by a number of prominent cloud providers including Amazon Web Services, Joyent, RightScale and Rackspace, Prabhu said.
Until now, Riverbed offered the optimization technology as a plug-in to Windows IIS and SharePoint servers but now the company is integrating it into the Stingray ADC (as a license upgrade). Riverbed is also now offering the optimization software as a VM for virtual and cloud environments.
The new software costs $18,500 and covers up to 250,000 page views. For those requiring more capacity the cost is $7,500 for each additional 250,000 page views.
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