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  • 19 December 2013 16:28

Riverbed and Gigamon partner to enhance network and application performance management

Riverbed Cascade® Shark and Gigamon solutions interoperate to synchronise time stamps across the network for faster network and application troubleshooting

SYDNEY – December 19, 2013 – Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the leader in application performance infrastructure, and Gigamon®, a leader in traffic visibility solutions with the innovative Visibility Fabric™ architecture, today announced that Riverbed® Cascade® Shark, part of the Riverbed Performance Management product family, now supports Gigamon’s time stamping solution in the GigaVUE H Series. Together, Riverbed Cascade Shark and Gigamon’s time stamping technology will enable accurate time stamping detail to be used in traffic analysis for faster troubleshooting of network and application problems in enterprise and financial industry IT environments.

“The solutions provided by Riverbed and Gigamon enhance joint customers’ network and application performance monitoring capabilities,” said Dimitri Vlachos, vice president, marketing and products at Riverbed. “Precision time stamping provides the granularity which customers dealing with time-sensitive and high-frequency transactions require.”

Gigamon’s time stamp technology, together with Riverbed Shark performance analytics, further reduce mean time to resolution (MTTR) by synchronising time stamps across the network for performance troubleshooting and enable network managers to quickly determine where in the network problems are occurring.

“Our continued work with Riverbed to incorporate optimising solutions like packet de-duplication and time stamping technology with Riverbed Cascade Shark appliances that provide continuous packet capture allows us to provide complementary solutions,” said Tara Reeve, director of Strategic Alliances at Gigamon. “Network managers gain enhanced efficiency and a quick, precise solution to analyse traffic latency to maintain peak infrastructure performance across environments.”

Today’s announcement expands on the partnership between the two companies. Riverbed is part of Gigamon’s Visibility Fabric Ecosystem Partners, which includes companies and organisations committed to solving customer problems with best-of-breed visibility solutions for network security, troubleshooting, application analysis, forensics review and Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) compliance. In addition, Gigamon is an elite member of the Riverbed Technology Alliance (RTA) program, a select group of technology companies that partner with Riverbed to jointly develop, market and deliver high-value, high-performance solutions to enterprise customers.

Riverbed Cascade Shark appliances The Riverbed Cascade Shark appliance provides continuous, high-speed packet capture, indexing and storage to ensure that packet-level information is always available for end-to-end performance monitoring and for granular, real-time and back-in-time analysis. Riverbed Cascade Shark products are typically deployed wherever detailed real-time and historical analysis is needed, such as within the data centre, headquarters or key branch offices. They can be used as an integral part of the complete Riverbed network performance management (NPM) visibility solution or as a standalone troubleshooting solution.

Gigamon time stamping technology Gigamon’s time stamping technology for the GigaVUE H Series, including the GigaPORT-X12-TS, offers hardware-based nanosecond accurate time stamping enabling IT organizations to optimise networks for all types of traffic, including high frequency trading communications. Gigamon’s de-duplication removes duplicate packets – a result of port aggregation where the same packet is picked up at multiple places along its route – before they are unnecessarily processed or stored by tools for performance and accuracy enhancement.

Gigamon’s Unified Visibility Fabric receives the same packet at multiple points along the network path and then applies a time stamp at each point of ingress. The time stamping allows Riverbed Cascade Shark to precisely examine a packet’s journey and associated latency as it moves through the network. This examination enhances Quality of Service (QoS) analysis and overcomes port latency issues improving network analysis, jitter evaluation and overall application and infrastructure performance management.


Riverbed Cascade Shark appliance and Gigamon’s GigaVUE H Series are generally available today. For more information, please visit the Riverbed and Gigamon and websites at and

About Riverbed

Riverbed is the leader in Application Performance Infrastructure, delivering the most complete platform for Location-Independent Computing. Location-Independent Computing turns location and distance into a competitive advantage by allowing IT to have the flexibility to host applications and data in the most optimal locations while ensuring applications perform as expected, data is always available when needed, and performance issues are detected and fixed before end users notice. Riverbed’s 24,000+ customers include 97% of the Fortune 100 and 95% of the Forbes Global 100. Learn more at Riverbed and any Riverbed product or service name or logo used herein are trademarks of Riverbed Technology, Inc. All other trademarks used herein belong to their respective owners.

About Gigamon

Gigamon provides an intelligent Visibility Fabric™ architecture for enterprises, data centers and service providers around the globe. Our technology empowers infrastructure architects, managers and operators with pervasive and dynamic intelligent visibility of traffic across both physical and virtual environments without affecting the performance or stability of the production network. Through patented technologies and centralized management, the Gigamon GigaVUE portfolio of high availability and high density products intelligently delivers the appropriate network traffic to management, analysis, compliance and security tools. With over eight years’ experience designing and building traffic visibility products in the US, Gigamon solutions are deployed globally across vertical markets including over half of the Fortune 100 and many government and federal agencies.

For more information

David Frost, PR Deadlines, for Gigamon, Tel: +61.2.4341 5021 Email:

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