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    Overview

    Riverbed SteelHead CX is the industry's #1 WAN optimization solution. SteelHead CX is proven to dramatically speed up the performance of applications anywhere in the organization while delivering the best end-user experience even under sub optimal network conditions. Reduce bandwidth utilization by up to 95%, deferring costly network bandwidth upgrades. Increase performance by up to 100x for on-premises applications.

    Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) is a software- and hardware-integrated, WAN optimization and application acceleration solution, and part of Cisco Intelligent WAN (IWAN). Cisco WAAS reduces latency and optimizes bandwidth. (4:46 min). Cisco WAAS provides an elastic "scale as you grow" enterprise-wide deployment model with Cisco AppNav and industry-leading scalability for secure acceleration of email, file, web, software-as-a-service (SaaS), video, and VDI applications. Cisco IWAN with Akamai Connect optimizes web and mobile applications by extending the Akamai Intelligent Platform directly into the branch.
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    ElAraby, SFK Leblanc, Bobst Group, Northwest Pipe Company, Halkbank, Tradebridge, EFG Hermes
    Dimension Data, National Rugby League
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    Government29%
    Energy/Utilities Company21%
    Construction Company7%
    Media Company7%
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    Computer Software Company26%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Government5%
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    Computer Software Company23%
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    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise63%
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    Steelhead is ranked 4th in WAN Optimization with 4 reviews while WAAS is ranked 7th in WAN Optimization. Steelhead is rated 8.0, while WAAS is rated 0.0. The top reviewer of Steelhead writes "Scalable Data Referencing provides LAN-like speed over WAN". On the other hand, Steelhead is most compared with Citrix SD-WAN, Silver Peak VX, Exinda, Cisco SD-WAN and Silver Peak NX, whereas WAAS is most compared with Citrix SD-WAN.

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