Riverbed To Acquire Aternity To Bolster End-To-End Digital Visibility


Today, Riverbed Technology announced that it is acquiring privately-held Aternity. Aternity provides end-user experience (EUE) solutions as part of a broader application performance monitoring (APM) offering. The deal is expected to close in August 2016, and the financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The acquisition will extend the reach of Riverbed’s SteelCentral performance monitoring solutions into end-user devices, rounding out an end-to-end solution that is critical for enterprise digital efforts.

“Aternity has a highly complementary value proposition with respect to the SteelCentral portfolio,” said Nik Koutsoukos, Vice President, Product Marketing at Riverbed Technology. “With Aternity, SteelCentral offers end-to-end performance monitoring, including the network infrastructure.”

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 The Aternity solution leverages agents on end-user devices that monitor millions of mobile, virtual, and desktop endpoints across 160 enterprise customers. This technology analyzes end-user perception of availability, latency, execution, and overall quality. As a result, Aternity provides an understanding of enterprise end-users and their interactions in the context of business processes.

Riverbed SteelCentral already offers visibility into network traffic via telemetry from unified communications platforms, wide-area networks (WANs), and network devices. The solution also monitors application performance via application server telemetry and application code, as well as performance data from browsers.

Aternity will add end-user device telemetry to this mix, providing critical user data for situations where browser data is insufficient, for example, when users are interacting with mobile apps.

The Aternity technology will also enhance use cases that leverage combinations of Riverbed solutions, including its SteelConnect software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) networking solution and its SteelHead WAN optimization technology.

In particular, these combinations of technologies will monitor public cloud applications, software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications, as well as enterprise applications, affording enterprise customers with end-to-end visibility across modern application portfolios.

“Enterprises are accelerating their adoption of Hybrid IT environments to improve agility and control infrastructure costs,”said Mike Sargent, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Riverbed SteelCentral Business Unit. “By capturing and analyzing how applications and devices perform from the end user’s perspective, Aternity offers enterprises the ability to proactively manage these increasingly complex IT environments to drive greater workforce productivity.”

In addition to Riverbed’s enterprise customer base, the Aternity acquisition will also expand its offering to managed service providers (MSPs) who serve midmarket as well as enterprise customers. Today’s MSPs generally offer managed cloud-based capabilities to their clients, and with the addition of Aternity, Riverbed will enable MSPs to gain end-to-end visibility into such cloud environments.

For a company with its roots in network management, the Aternity acquisition gives Riverbed a solid digital performance management story, alongside competitors like AppDynamics, Dynatrace, New Relic, and SOASTA. While each of these vendors has its own strengths, Riverbed brings to the table deep experience with networking, providing an important differentiator as software-defined networking becomes standard across the enterprise. Now with the addition of Aternity’s EUE capabilities, Riverbed becomes a serious digital player.

Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmapposter, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, AppDynamics, Dynatrace, Riverbed Technology, and SOASTA are Intellyx customers. None of the other organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers.