In a recent blog Riverbed challenged other WAN optimization vendors to answer the question “Do competitors’ products work as well as Riverbed?” Well, since they asked, the answer is yes. In fact, HyperIP WAN Optimization virtual appliance works better than Riverbed.
First off, Riverbed poses the question of WAN optimization support for all important applications. We find it somewhat humorous that Riverbed would ask such a question about competitors’ application support when HyperIP has long set the standard in the industry for the broadest support in accelerating critical replication and backup applications of any WAN optimizer and does this with a virtual appliance (software). HyperIP accelerates replication applications from CA, Dell, EMC, HP, IBM, Microsoft, NetApp, Oracle, Quantum, Veeam and many more. A full list of supported applications can be found at http://www.netex.com/hyperip/supported-applications. In addition, NetEx is a VMware Technology Alliance Partner and HyperIP is ideal for supercharging vMotion and Storage vMotion migration over the WAN. HyperIP also supports Hyper-V live migrations over the WAN.
Riverbed also asked if other vendor’s products are useful for all their requirements. This is probably the wrong question to ask, as many customers don’t have a critical need to accelerate the movement of Microsoft Office documents between a central data center and branch offices. Or speed up their VOIP apps. Most companies don’t want to pay for products that they will not use. A better question is to ask how a product performs for business critical replication and disaster recovery requirements to meet specific Recovery Time Objectives.
Assuming that its products are the only WAN optimizers that people actually like, Riverbed then wants to know if other customers are happy with the vendor’s products. Well, I can’t speak for other companies but I know NetEx customers are very happy with HyperIP. In fact, more and more of our customers are choosing HyperIP over Riverbed. Take a look at our TechValidate research page for HyperIP customer testimonials. You’ll seem that many customers tried Riverbed and selected HyperIP instead.
Finally, Riverbed makes the claim that less-expensive products aren’t up to the task and wonders why competitive products are cheaper in the first place? With HyperIP by NetEx the answer is simple. HyperIP is deployed as a software-only virtual appliance running on VMware. There is no need for customers to waste precious IT budget dollars on expensive, proprietary Riverbed hardware that can’t be upgraded or installed in minutes anywhere in the world. Riverbed needs to understand that the purchase price isn’t the only component of product cost equation. HyperIP allows users to migrate to higher network speeds with a simple software key upgrade, no forklift hardware upgrade, no waiting weeks or months to get the hardware appliance ordered, delivered, installed and configured. To answer Riverbed’s question, HyperIP is a cost-effective WAN Optimization solution that was designed to deliver the performance of a hardware WAN optimizer but with the customer cost savings of server virtualization and the deployment speed, simplicity and flexibility of a virtual server appliance.