Riverbed stabs at Cisco’s heart with next-gen routing

CEO Jerry Kennelly details beyond-WAN-optimization strategy that broadens Riverbed’s assault on top network rivals.

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Riverbed, with its highly successful WAN optimization technology, has long competed with Cisco – but in a niche fashion, acknowledges CEO and co-founder Jerry Kennelly. Now, the company is taking its fight to the core of Cisco’s business with new SD-WAN routing technology that could make existing routers obsolete in the world of hybrid clouds and virtual networks.

In this installment of the IDG CEO Interview Series, Kennelly spoke with IDG Chief Content Officer John Gallant about this new battlefront, as well as Riverbed’s expanded role in application performance management. He also talked about Riverbed’s decision to go private in 2015 and why that move brings big benefits to customers.

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