Steelhead Appliance Management
Steelhead appliances include a robust enterprise-class
management infrastructure that simplifies configuration,
enables control from around the world, and provides
full visibility into the health and performance of your
Steelhead appliances. In addition to the management
console available on every Steelhead appliance, enterprises
can take advantage of the optional Central Management
Console (CMC)to enable centralized management of many
Steelhead appliances at once.
Steelhead appliances can be managed through a rich GUI
or command-line interface for fast set up, configuration,
and remote management.
Steelhead appliances monitor traffic and performance and
provide reports on a per-port/application basis. Performance
reports containing data for the previous 30 days are easily
retrieved via simple-to-read graphs rendered in the Steelhead
Web GUI and formatted tables in the CLI. Reports can be
customized to show specific date ranges and can depict
application metrics and data reduction statistics by connection
and in total for the appliance.
Selectable Optimization via Powerful Rules Configuration
The default state for Steelhead appliances is to intercept
and optimize all WAN traffic. However, a powerful capability
to configure rules provides administrators the option
to restrict or specify optimization by protocol, port,
or IP address range.
QoS rule sets based on latency and bandwidth can be configured
and sorted easily with either the WEB UI or CLI, ensuring
high performance for real-time traffic like voice, video,
Citrix or other interactive applications.
As new Steelhead appliance software updates are released,
a facility to easily perform upgrades is provided via
the CLI or WEB GUI. In addition, a roll-back mechanism
allows an administrator to quickly revert back to the
previous software image if desired.
Health Monitoring and Reporting via WEBGUI, SNMP traps,
Syslog, and email Notification
Steelhead appliances constantly monitor key software and
hardware areas and when thresholds have been met, alarms
are sent to the WEB GUI, SNMP MIB traps, Syslog, and by
way of email notification. Key monitored areas include
software, network bypass, data store, software version,
CPU utilization, memory utilization, memory paging, admission
control, high temperature, and disk full events.
AutoSupport for Reporting Problems to Riverbed Technical
Steelhead’s optional AutoSupport facility quickly
reports problems back to Riverbed support when critical
failures occur, enabling much faster time to problem resolution.
Multi-Level Access to Management System
The Steelhead appliances WEB GUI and CLI provide monitor
(read-only) and admin (full control) access. Management
system authentication may also be managed via Radius/TACACS+
If you have many Steelhead appliances, you can deploy
a separate, optional Central Management Console (CMC)
appliance, which allows you to configure and manage
many Steelhead appliances simultaneously.