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Arrow aims Azure/Riverbed connectivity at channel

Arrow has announced an enterprise cloud networking and visibility solution for the channel, through an alliance with Microsoft and Riverbed. The new solution is focused on simply and securely connecting a company's infrastructure and branches to Microsoft Azure.

Initially, the solution will be available in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Scandinavia and the UK. ‎Arrow’s offering enables resellers and cloud solution providers to offer their end customers a globally orchestrated and optimised connection to Microsoft Azure.

The package uses Riverbed SteelConnect, a software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) solution, Riverbed SteelHead for hybrid WAN optimisation and Riverbed SteelCentral Aternity for end-user experience monitoring.

"Arrow is providing the channel community with this powerful hybrid cloud architecture for modular, distributed applications from a single source," said the distributor. End customers benefit from easy access through an automatic VPN connection, fast and secure application deployment, reduced bandwidth costs, easy configuration and full visibility of network activities, Arrow added.

Eric Nowak, president of Arrow ECS EMEA, said: "Our partners will benefit from a secure foundation to sell other solutions and services on top of this technology."

Giovanni Di Filippo, vice president of channel sales EMEA at Riverbed Technology, said: "Arrow is able to provide the channel with the ability to transform their end customers’ infrastructure by offering this advanced integrated solution that is fully leveraging the promises of hybrid cloud environments.”