Riverbed Steelhead appliances are WAN Optimization devices, similar to Cisco WAE (WAAS). Riverbed Services Platform (RSP) is a Virtual Machine (VM), hosted on the Steelhead and running the SuperAgent connector software. ADA 9.1 introduced RSP based monitoring and this required customers to upgrade their SH and purchase an RSP license from RVBD. In July 2012 Riverbed announces the end of sale and end of life plan for RSP. ADA 9.3 introduces SPAN based monitoring and additional deployment scenarios for RVBD monitoring and does not use the ADA RSP connector anymore. ADA 9.3 adds passive monitoring support for Riverbed Steelheads using the ADA Standard Monitor.
Riverbed monitoring flexibility:
ADA 9.3 adds passive monitoring support for Riverbed Steelheads using the ADA Standard Monitor.
- Physical and Virtual In-Path
- GRE Redirection
- L2 Redirection
- Supported Addressing modes:
- Correct Addressing
- Full Transparency
- Optional Branch Monitoring
- Optional Branch office collection
Standard Monitor feeds can be configured to collect:
- Packets (server segment)
- Riverbed WAN Physical In-Path
- Riverbed WAN Virtual in-path
- Client Segment Monitor
Dual NIC Monitoring
Dual NIC support provides flexible monitoring by allowing each feed to be configured separately
- Two separate packet feeds
- Monitor WAN and Server segment for a single Steelhead
- Monitor WAN segment for a pair of Data Center Steelheads
- Combine both NICs to monitor as a single feed.
Server segment - Packet Feed
- Standard or MTP Monitor receiving unoptimized SPAN/TAP traffic
WAN Segment - Riverbed WAN Physical In-Path / Riverbed WAN Virtual In-Path
- Standard Monitor receiving a SPAN/TAP of optimized traffic captured from or near the data center Steelhead.
- Note: ADA can only monitor optimized or unoptimized traffic within a single feed. It cannot monitor both on the same feed of data.
Client Segment - Client Segment Monitor
- Optional Standard Monitor receiving a SPAN/TAP of unoptimized traffic at a remote site
- Note: These can be sold as Virtual collectors, given their small monitoring footprint.