Riverbed Technology (RVBD) and Websense Inc. (WBSN) recently announced that they have joined forces to offer enterprise customers Websense’s Web security solutions combined with WAN optimization from Riverbed. The Websense Web Security solution will be offered on the Riverbed Services Platform (RSP), a feature of the Steelhead appliance. Websense offers Hosted Web Security today for the branch.
Riverbed Steelhead appliance customers will have the flexibility to deploy Websense Web Security as “on premise” software, as a fully hosted service for remote workers, or, in an anticipated future release, through a hybrid hosted software-as-a-service model. This flexibility will allow joint customers to leverage the power of SaaS to deploy Web security “in the cloud” for branch offices and remote users with Websense Hosted Web Security quickly and cost-effectively.
The Riverbed-Websense joint solution will be available through the companies’ respective resellers and sales forces – RSP from Riverbed and Websense Web Security through Websense. The future SaaS hybrid deployment options are scheduled to be available in the first quarter of 2010.